From the very moment she flashed it in front of the cameras at Kensington Palace, Meghan Markle’s engagement ring was destined to go down in royal-jewelry history. With a large diamond flanked by two smaller stones, it’s somehow stunning yet subdued. But, the significance of this ring goes far beyond its aesthetic (or even monetary) value.
According to Kensington Palace, Prince Harry designed the ring himself. Unlike Prince William, who chose a family heirloom, Prince Harry picked a new stone to be the showpiece diamond on Markle’s ring.
But just because it’s new doesn’t mean there’s no story behind it. The diamond comes from Botswana, a country with a special meaning to the couple. interview. This summer, the couple returned to Botswana again, surely making more happy memories and becoming even more certain that they were meant to be together.
The two stones flanking the diamond may be smaller in size, but they are perhaps even more meaningful. They come from the late Princess Diana’s jewelry collection, Prince Harry’s way of making sure “she is with us on this crazy journey together.”
When Markle walks down the aisle sometime this spring, she’ll be able to mark two things off her checklist already: something old, and something new. Thanks to Prince Harry, her ring has both.