Prince Harry and his bride-to-be, Meghan Markle, have proved that they’re playing by their own rules when it comes to royal wedding planning. On a huge note, Markle plans to make history by being the first royal bride to give a speech at her wedding, and we are fully here for it. The couple has also bucked royal wedding customs by getting married on a Saturday (as opposed to a weekday), and the duo chose a nontraditional fruit—banana—for their wedding cake. But, in terms of general marriage traditions, there’s another that Harry might choose to part ways with: wearing a wedding band.
Royal men are by no means required to wear rings after their marriages, and Prince William and Prince Philip have proven so. After marrying Kate Middleton in 2011, Will has never worn a wedding band. Similarly, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband of 70 years, has also chosen not to accessorize with a ring to commemorate his marriage. So, if Harry chooses to do the same, it would be considered completely normal within the royal fam.
Prince Charles, on the other hand (or other finger), did opt for a wedding ring while married to Princess Diana, and he now wears a new one on his pinky finger to honor his second marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles. Whichever jewelry decision Harry makes, his royal predecessors can back him up.
As for Harry’s bride, however, Markle will most likely don a wedding band. Tanya Dukes, jewelry and fashion editor/stylist and former accessories editor at Brides, previously predicted that it’s practically guaranteed that Markle’s post-wedding jewel will feature Welsh gold, since almost every royal pair since Harry’s grandparents have selected this metal for their wedding bands. The royal family even has their own gold mine in Wales, Clogau St. David’s Mine, so there’s a pretty high chance Markle’s left ring finger will have a little Welsh-gold sparkle.
Even if Harry decides he’s not one for jewelry, he sure does have impeccable taste. The redheaded royal deemed himself #FiancéGoals after proposing to Markle with a three-stone engagement ring that he designed himself. The envious gem features a center stone from Botswana with two side diamonds from Princess Diana’s collection, set on a yellow-gold band. Harry confessed he chose said band for his future bride "because that’s her favorite," and it will definitely pair well with a corresponding gold wedding ring. Unfortunately, much to everyone’s disappointment, the royal wedding jeweler admitted it won’t be making any replicas of the royal engagement ring, but you can still sparkle like Markle with these similar options.