The Incredible Story Behind Meghan's Gigantic Ring From Princess Diana

As if the slinky halter-neck Stella McCartney gown, nifty sports car and a rather dashing prince in a velvet tuxedo weren't enough to extend our gawps, Meghan Markle just piqued our interest even further en route to the wedding reception by waving an enormous emerald cut aquamarine and diamond ring into view. The ring was so mighty that not only could it warrant its own postcode, but it is also important enough to lay claim to its own heartwarming royal tale.

This beautiful whopper of a gem was first owned by Diana, Princess of Wales. It was custom made following her 1996 divorce from Prince Charles: She felt it inappropriate to still wear the original sapphire ring from Garrard and commissioned an alternative to better suit her tastes at the time. “She always chose diamond jewellery that was meaningful to her—she was very intentional with her jewellery choices and made sure they were the best representation of those meaningful moments,” Grant Mobley, a gemologist and Director at Pluczenik, tells the Express, estimating that one would expect to pay around the £75,000 mark today for such a unique creation.


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As many of you may recall, following Diana's untimely death, the icon had requested that three quarters of her £21 million estate and her personal jewellery collection was to be put aside for her boys—Harry and William—to inherit. Her wish was for the sons to save these heirloom pieces for their future wives—and they have dutifully followed. Harry originally chose a sapphire ring and William opted for a Cartier watch, however, when William was set to propose to Kate Middleton, the younger brother stepped up as the sweet sibling we'd always imagined him to be and offered to do a swap. That means Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, owns the £300,000 12-carat sapphire-and-diamond cluster ring while Harry used some diamonds from a brooch of Diana's in order to sandwich a Botswanan jewel for Meghan's engagement ring. In addition to those diamonds, it would now appear that this aquamarine ring—photographed above on Diana almost exactly twenty years ago—will also be adopted by the new Duchess of Sussex.


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With Meghan surely kickstarting a trend for simpler, lace-free bridal gowns, could we also be looking at a rise in requests for coloured (and/or square, art deco–style) stones in wedding and engagement rings? Our gut feeling says yes—especially when you look at how that blue pops against her elegant white maxi.

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Congratulations, Meghan and Harry. We can't wait to hear about the reception…

Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.