When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their media debut after they announced their engagement in November 2017, everyone admired her understated three-stone ring, which was designed by the prince himself. However, royal fans just noticed that the duchess made some surprising—yet stunning—changes to her engagement ring recently.
Royal watchers didn't notice the change until Markle appeared at Trooping the Colour, which is the Queen's annual birthday parade, earlier this month. After looking at photos from this year's parade, Town & Country reported that her engagement ring appeared to be reset. The new design swapped her original solid gold band for a thin micro-pavé band.
But royal fans were quick to point out that this new design wasn't so new after all. Although Markle stopped wearing her engagement ring towards the end of her pregnancy, she chose to wear this redesigned ring during her son Archie's first photocall at Windsor Castle in May.
There is a chance that this could be an entirely new ring. However, the diamonds on Markle's original engagement ring had a very special meaning. During the couple's first joint interview in 2017, Prince Harry shared details about the thoughtful design. "It's yellow gold, because that's her favorite. The main stone itself is sourced from Botswana, and the little diamonds on either side are from my mother's jewelry collection, to make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together," he said.
She also debuted a simple pavé diamond eternity band at Trooping the Colour on her left ring finger. Eternity bands are common ways to mark an important milestone in a woman's life. Her eternity band could celebrate her new chapter as a mother while her redesigned engagement ring could have been a one-year anniversary present. Either way, since Markle is still on maternity leave, we probably won't be seeing much of either ring until Archie's christening later this summer.