MEGHAN Markle has been spotted without her engagement ring, leading many to wonder where it had gone.
But a source has revealed there’s a very good reason the Duchess of Sussex hasn’t been wearing her redesigned diamond band.
Prince Harry got down on one knee to propose to Meghan, 42, back in November 2017 with three diamond stones from his mother, Princess Diana’s own collection, set on a yellow gold band.
However, the ring in question has been missing from Meghan’s finger recently.
According to an unnamed source, the band of the ring is currently being fixed.
The original ring roughly cost Harry, 38, a staggering £120,000 to create with the help of British jewellers Cleave and Company.
The central diamond was sourced from Botswana, where the pair had their second date.
While it is claimed the ring is off for repairs, it isn’t the first time Meghan has had her ring changed.
In 2019, the ring was redesigned, instead of a gold band, the ring most recently sported by the Duchess featured a micro pavé band filled with smaller diamonds.
Zach Stone, managing director at Steven Stone Jewellers estimates the central cushion cut diamond sourced from Botswana to be around 3 to 4 carats.
He added that the two round diamonds supporting the centre stone, from Princess Diana’s jewellery collection, are around 0.5 to 0.75 carats each.
At the time of their engagement, Prince Harry said: ‘The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s [Meghan’s] favourite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewellery collection, to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together.’
Meghan explained: “‘Everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Princess Diana’s stones] and obviously not being able to meet his mom, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us.”
Eagle-eyed fans spotted Meghan missing her ring after she shared a snap on Instagram earlier this month.
She posed for a selfie with author Cleo Wade and celeb hairdresser Kadi Lee while out for lunch in California to celebrate her birthday.
The Duchess also chose not to wear her engagement ring for a number of public engagements back in 2019 while pregnant with her son Archie.
When she appeared at Trooping the Colour that year, it emerged the Duchess had altered the custom-made engagement ring that Prince Harry designed for her.
The band was changed to a micro pavè band with smaller diamonds going around the band to emphasise the three original diamonds.
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