Meghan Ditched Her Huge Engagement Ring For An Important Reason

Meghan Markle has a pretty noticeable, blingy
engagement ring – a whopper with a 3-carat diamond, in fact – but if you’ve looked at
any of her recent pics, you might notice that it’s notably absent and presumably hasn’t
come along with the Duchess of Sussex on her royal tour of Africa. Markle, along with Prince Harry and 4-month-old
Archie, recently arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, and began making the rounds on an
official royal visit. As photos began to surface from their travels,
though, it didn’t take eagle-eyed fans a long time to notice that the duchess wasn’t wearing
her giant engagement ring during the trip. Instead, they noticed that she’s sporting
a much less flashy, more modest ring, featuring a simple gold band with a small turquoise
stone alongside her gold wedding band. The simple turquoise ring is a Jennifer Meyer
creation that is currently sold out. It typically sells for the relatively affordable
price point of $250, so nowhere near the cost of a hefty 3-carat diamond. It’s classy and understated, while still being
a gorgeous accessory for the Duchess of Sussex on her and her family’s royal visit. And as it turns out, that desire for simplicity
is exactly the reason Markle left her engagement ring behind – a source confirmed to People
that she wanted to maintain a more low-key profile during meet and greets while travelling
through South Africa. Her engagement ring isn’t the only thing missing
from her ensemble, though. Markle has also chosen to not wear her eternity
ring – an anniversary gift from Prince Harry – on the African tour. Still, it was Markle’s engagement ring that
got a lot more interest when the future royal revealed it shortly after she and Prince Harry
announced their engagement in 2017. The three-stone ring is packed with deeper
meaning – as Harry has detailed in interviews, the smaller diamonds on either side of the
center stone are from his mother Princess Diana’s personal jewelry collection. “The main stone itself I sourced from Botswana,
and the little diamonds on either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection.” For those out of the know, Botswana is a landlocked
country bordering South Africa that Prince Harry calls his second home, as it’s a place
that the young prince visited frequently and spent time in after the untimely death of
his mother. He told ABC News: “I first went to Botswana in 1997, straight
after my mum died. My dad told my brother and me we were going
to Africa to get away from it all. This is where I feel more like myself than
anywhere else in the world. I have this intense sense of complete relaxation
and normality here.” While everyone is very interested in royal
engagements and the resulting rings, fans have noticed that wedding rings aren’t a part
of every prince’s outfit. The Daily Mail reports that Prince William,
for instance, simply doesn’t care for jewelry – and according to Hello Magazine, Prince
Philip does not wear a ring on his hand either. Prince Charles, on the other hand, always
dons a ring, as does Harry. The wedding band Markle wears was fashioned
from Welsh gold and was gifted to her from the Queen, while Prince Harry’s band is made
from platinum. Prince Charles, of course, wears his wedding
ring on his pinky finger, while Harry’s resides on his ring finger. Markle’s fashion choices are always the subject
of scrutiny from the public, and while her rings are the big story here, people have
also noticed that the duchess doesn’t always wear a brand-new outfit on outings. For example, when the family first arrived
in South Africa, it was noticed that she was wearing a dress that she had already been
seen wearing before in October of last year. She also wore a striped maxi dress on this
trip that was previously spotted during the couple’s visit to Australia, which also occurred
last October. So while Meghan’s reasons for leaving her
ring behind may make sense for royal critics, doubling up on outfits might be a little less
excusable. The royal family, who recently spent time
with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, are set to continue on their tour for several more days. This is the first visit to South Africa for
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