Meghan Markle has recently been spotted without her iconic three-stone engagement ring, sparking speculation among royal fans.
The Duchess has not worn the precious jewel on her recent outings so many are asking: why has Meghan stopped wearing such an iconic piece?
Meghan Markle’s engagement ring
After announcing their engagement in 2017, Prince Harry designed a one-of-a-kind ring for his bride-to-be Meghan Markle. Crafted by jewelers Cleave & Company.
The dazzling design features a cushion-cut diamond from Botswana, where the couple vacationed early in their relationship.
Two diamonds from the Princess Diana collection, in honor of Harry’s late mother.
A gold band – later upgraded to a diamond-studded micro-pave band.
Meghan at the time called the ring “gorgeous” and “incredible.” Its significant design instantly made it an icon and symbol of the couple’s love story.
What happened to Meghan Markle’s ring?
The most observant fans noticed that in the last few outings without Prince Harry, Meghan has not worn her engagement ring.
The first time it was photographed alone, was the day the Duchess of Sussex drew attention for being seen wearing an anti-stress patch that sends signals to the brain to help you fall asleep optimally, relieve stress and relax.
Then observers again noticed the absence of the ring in a recent birthday photo with friends, posted weeks after she turned 42.
The image was shared by entrepreneur Kadi Lee, co-founder of Highbrow Hippie, a beauty and wellness brand based in Venice, Los Angeles.
Pictured is Meghan, with Lee and writer Cleo Wade as they enjoy a girls-only lunch.
While Meghan often wears the ring everywhere, for this occasion it was an unusual absence that has raised questions about her whereabouts.
Some theorized that the ring is undergoing maintenance for resizing as Meghan has lost weight in recent months. But in the absence of official news, there was also speculation about the critical state of her marriage to Prince Harry.
Time apart for the Sussexes
Before the birthday photo, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent much of August apart.
Harry traveled to Japan and Singapore for charity engagements. Meghan remained in California with their young children.
Their time apart fueled tabloid rumors of marital problems, which the absence of the ring seemed to amplify.
The disappearance of Meghan Markle’s engagement ring has netizens conjecturing about her whereabouts and her marriage.