Why Has Meghan Markle Stopped Wearing Her Engagement Ring?

From the moment Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement in Nov. 2017 –all eyes have been on Markle’s stunning engagement ring. Prince Harry had the gorgeous sparkler made for his beautiful wife, and it’s incredibly personal and sentimental with a diamond from the place where the couple first fell in love and some diamonds from his late mother, Princess Diana.

Since their engagement, Markle’s beautiful ring has remained on her hand at her various royal events, her baby shower in New York City, and during her royal tours. However, in early March 2019 –Markle stopped wearing her ring. Here’s why.

Why has Meghan Markle stopped wearing her engagement ring?

On March 11, 2019, Markle and Prince Harry stepped out for an event celebrating Commonwealth Day at Canada House in London. Markle looked stunning as usual with a green embroidered coat and a long green dress. However, the Duchess of Sussex was missing one major accessory –her engagement ring.

Presently, the former actress is nearly eight months pregnant, so she could have certainly left her ring at home if her hands have become too swollen for her to wear it comfortably. In fact, beginning in Jan. 2017 — when Duchess Kate Middleton was pregnant with Prince Louis, she also attended events without her massive sapphire engagement ring. Instead of their rings, both duchesses wore simple gold bands in their place.

Insider details on Meghan Markle’s engagement ring

The Duchess of Sussex’s engagement ring was designed by her husband and features three diamonds on a gold band. The center diamond is from Botswana, Africa –the royal couple’s favorite place in the world. They visited the country shortly after they met in the summer of 2016 for a romantic getaway. Prince Harry began visiting Botswana in 1997 after Princess Diana’s death, and he has returned almost every year since.

The diamonds on the right and left of Markle’s Botswana diamond came from Princess Diana’s collection. Since Kate Middleton now wears Princess Diana’s engagement ring, Prince Harry wanted to be sure that his wife also had a piece of his mother’s legacy. The ring’s band is made from yellow gold which is Markle’s favorite.

How much is Meghan Markle’s engagement ring worth?

Becuase of the ring’s sentimental value and connection to Princess Diana –there hasn’t been an exact value placed on Markle’s ring. However, diamond experts have estimated that the diamonds alone are worth at least $350,000. Michael Fried, CEO of Diamond Pro, told Money, “There is no way for anyone to put a value on the whole ring. Having diamonds from the royal collection that Princess Diana wore makes the ring priceless.”

We’re sure the duchess ring will appear again once Baby Sussex has made his or her grand debut.

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