Why Meghan Markle Isn't Wearing Her Engagement Ring in South Africa

She's been spotted wearing a smaller ring instead.

Updated 09/25/19

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Baby Archie have officially launched their highly anticipated 10-day tour in Africa, marking the first time the family has traveled abroad together on royal business. Already, Markle has paid a small tribute to Princess Diana and visited the Nyanga township of Cape Town. She also went on a solo outing, visiting female entrepreneurs in the region. Throughout it all, people have noticed that in photos, Markle hasn't been wearing her engagement ring.

The ring was designed by Prince Harry himself, with a main diamond sourced from Botswana and small stones from his mother's jewelry collection. Markle stopped wearing it briefly during her pregnancy, and then seemed to debut a slightly redesigned version during her first photocall with Baby Archie at Windsor Castle.

Now, it seems she's put it away again for travels. Hello! writes that Markle likely chose to leave the engagement ring at home to be "low key" while meeting the public. That explanation makes sense, since so much of the trip has been about connecting with others. When the couple arrived in the Nyanga township, Markle gave a moving speech about how she was visiting the region not just as a royal, but as someone who felt deeply tied to the culture.

“On one personal note, may I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know that for me, I am here as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color, and as your sister,” she said.

She added, “I am here with you, and I am here for you." 

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