Meghan Markle's Necklace Costs 6 Times More Than Manhattan Rent

We've been paying close attention to everything Meghan Markle has been wearing on her whirlwind royal tour through New Zealand. It seems that each of her outfits is somehow better than the last, and with all the traveling the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been doing the past two weeks (in case you somehow missed it, their tour began with Australia, Fiji, and Tonga), we're kind of losing our minds over the royal fashion.

At a reception for the Duke and Duchess at the Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Markle wore one of her most standout eveningwear looks to date. It involved a custom tea-length dress from Gabriela Hearst, a Dior clutch, and a stunning diamond necklace that's made our jaws drop for multiple reasons. 

Her Tattoo Pendant Necklace is by NZ-based jewelry designer Jessica McCormack and is set with nearly a full carat of brilliantly cut diamonds. The design was inspired by the "beautiful spiral pattern found in Ta Moko," and honors the indigenous people of the country, according to the brand.

But it's the necklace's price tag that really had out eyes bulging: almost $12,000. We couldn't help but make comparisons to the cost of rent in one of the most expensive cities in the country: New York. I chatted with one of Who What Wear's NYC-based editors, Lauren, who explained the following: "Ballpark, I would say the average New Yorker pays anywhere from $1200 to $1800 on rent a month with at least one roommate. Don't quote me on this though—this is just what I've gathered from most people I ask, including my friends and co-workers who live in Manhattan." And according to a StreetEasy report from May 2018, the average rent for splitting a two-bedroom in Manhattan is $1950—so Lauren wasn't far off.

With that estimate, Markle's diamond pendant is equivalent to six times what the average New Yorker spends every month.

Scroll down to see how Markle wore the necklace and confirm its investment-worthy value.


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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.