Close Up Details of U.S. Citizen Meghan Markle's Royal Engagement Ring

December 01, 2017Dec 01, 2017

A few days ago, the Clarence House revealed that Prince Harry was engaged to American citizen Meghan Markle. The two had been dating for over a year when they announced the exciting news. 

In a post-engagement interview, Prince Harry revealed that he designed the ring for Meghan. The two talked about the meaning behind it and the various symbols represented. 

The ring features three diamonds and a gold band. Harry said that he knew Meghan's favorite color of bands was gold, thus prompting his decision. The center stone is from Botswana. 

Botswana is a significant place for Harry and Meghan's relationship. After they went on a few initial dates in July 2016, the prince invited the "Suits" star to Botswana. 

Prince Harry said, "It was three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come join me in Botswana, and we camped out with each other, under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic. Then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other."

While including Botswana was significant, the inclusion of the other two diamonds was perhaps even more meaningful. The two diamonds on the side are from the personal collection of the late Princess Diana, Harry's mother. 

Prince Harry said, "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."

Markle said, "I think everything about Harry's thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [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. It's incredibly special to be able to have this, which sort of links where [Harry comes] from and Botswana, which is important to us. It's perfect."

Prince Harry jokingly said, "Make sure it stays on that finger!"

Since the news of the engagement, a mock version of the ring has become a best seller around the world. 

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