Meghan Markle opted for jewellery steeped in sentimental meaning as she joined Prince Harry on her first engagement in The Hague today.
The Duchess of Sussex showcased a mixture of new buys and old favourites as she stepped out for the Invictus Games event, including the £17,800 ($23,000) Cartier watch once owned by Princess Diana.
Meghan also sported the £12,000 ($15,000) Cartier diamond earrings she wore on her wedding day and to Archie’s christening, as well as her dazzling £271,000 ($350,000) diamond engagement ring custom made by Prince Harry and her Welsh gold wedding band.
Demonstrating her love for quirky pieces, Meghan wore a £400 ($374) necklace by British designer Sophie Lis which celebrates ‘enduring love’.
The Duchess also wore an ultra trendy thin £234 ($238) gold chain twisted around her left hand from New York-based brand Catbird, as well as two subtle gold bands on her right hand which have yet to be identified.
Here, a dive into Meghan’s jewellery box…
Feeling sentimental? 1. Meghan also sported the £12,000 ($15,000) Cartier diamond earrings she wore on her wedding day and to Archie’s christening; 2. A £400 ($374) necklace celebrating enduring love
Old and new: 3. Custom made Welsh gold wedding band; 4. £271,000 ($350,000) diamond engagement ring designed by Prince Harry; 5. Catbird’s £234 ($238) ‘Kitten Mitten’ hand chain; 6. Princess Diana’s £17,800 ($23,000) Cartier Tank Française watch
1. THE £12,000 CARTIER EARRINGS SHE WORE FOR HER WEDDING AND ARCHIE’S CHRISTENING
Dazzling in diamonds: Meghan opted for her £12,000 ($15,000) earrings steeped in meaning for the outing
Treasured: Meghan recycled the same pair of £12,000 ($15,000) Cartier earrings worn when she married Prince Harry in May 2018 (pictured). She also wore the earrings to Archie’s christening in 2019
For the occasion, Meghan recycled the same pair of £12,000 ($15,000) Cartier earrings previously worn as she married Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018, when she walked down the aisle in a stunning custom-made £200,000 ($265,000) Givenchy gown.
The Duchess wore the same set of jewels for her son Archie’s secret christening in 2019.
Speaking to Femail at the time, stylist Rochelle White highlighted the similarities between Meghan’s christening and wedding look, revealing how the looks ‘linked the two meaningful events together’.
She explained: ‘Meghan played homage to her wedding day with her earrings.’
2. GOLD DISC PENDANT
Meghan’s necklace is the £400 ($374) ‘Love pendant’ by designer Sophie Lis, which she first wore on a visit to the National Theatre in 2020
The ‘Love pendant’, made by designer Sophie Lis, bears a reference to a French poem which translates to ‘Every day I love you more, more than yesterday less than tomorrow.’
Meghan’s necklace is the £400 ($374) ‘Love pendant’ by designer Sophie Lis, which she first wore on a visit to the National Theatre in 2020.
The name of the piece refers to a French poem about enduring and growing love.
The medallion carries the engraving ‘Qu’hier’ after a diamond encrusted plus sign, and ‘Que Demain’ followed by a ruby minus sign.
Online, Sophie revealed the message is borrowed from the poem ‘The Eternal Song’.
The reference is an an ode from the 19th century French poet Rosemonde Gérard which translates to: ‘Every day I love you more, more than yesterday less than tomorrow.’
Ten per cent of the sales of each necklace, which comes with a pricetag of £400 ($374), go to the animal welfare charity Wild at Heart Foundation.
3. HER WELSH GOLD WEDDING BAND
Royal tradition: The Duchess of Sussex’s gold wedding band, worn with her diamond engagement ring, was custom made from Welsh gold gifted by the Queen
The Duchess of Sussex’s gold wedding band, worn with her diamond engagement ring, was custom made from Welsh gold gifted by the Queen.
Royal brides are traditionally given wedding rings made from gold nuggets from Clogau St David’s mine at Bontddu in North Wales.
The piece was made by Cleave and Company, the official Royal jewellers based at Buckingham Palace.
Cleave count the Palace offices, governments, civil and military institutions of around 40 countries among their clients. They work in gold silver and precious stones.
They designed the Order of the Garter and the St. Michael and St. George’s Cross.
AND 4. THE £271,000 ENGAGEMENT RING
Prince Harry proposed to Meghan in November 2017 with a glittering ring comprising a solid yellow gold band set with three diamonds, pictured
Next to her wedding ring, Meghan sported her £271,000 ($350,000) engagement ring, which was designed by Prince Harry using one stone from Botswana, where the pair had been on holiday, and two smaller stones from Diana’s collection.
Harry proposed to Meghan in November 2017 with the glittering ring comprising a solid yellow gold band. However in 2019, images revealed that the design had been changed in order to incorporate a thinner band that was set with several pave diamonds all around it.
Shortly after their engagement, Prince Harry spoke out about the design process behind the ring, explaining that he had chosen each element in order to ensure that it fit his future bride’s tastes perfectly.
‘The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s [Meghan’s] favourite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewellery collection, to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together,’ he said.
Meghan called it ‘incredible’, explaining: ‘Everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Princess Diana’s stones] and obviously not being able to meet his mum, 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 [ring], which sort of links where you come from and Botswana, which is important to us. It’s perfect.’
5. GOLD ‘KITTEN MITTEN’ HAND CHAIN
The Duchess of Sussex opted for a trendy gold hand chain on her left hand from New York-based brand Catbird – one that the mother-of-two has shopped from in the past
Meghan’s dainty gold hand chain is actually called the ‘Kitten Mitten’ by the brand, which sells the design for £234 ($238)
Believed to be a new addition to Meghan’s jewellery box, the Duchess of Sussex opted for a trendy gold hand chain on her left hand from New York-based brand Catbird – one that the mother-of-two has shopped from in the past.
Meghan’s dainty gold hand chain is actually called the ‘Kitten Mitten’ by the brand, which sells the design for £234 ($238).
Catbird’s ‘Kitten Mitten’ design is described by the brand as ‘easy-breezy cool and super foxy’, and is also intended to ‘gracefully accentuate the wrist’.
The brand confirmed the identity of the chain on its Instagram account, sharing an image of Meghan, while writing: ‘A little bird told us MM wore a Kitten Mitten today.’
The chain is wrapped in a loop around the Duchess of Sussex’s ring finger, suggesting it might have ties to Prince Harry.
It then forms a second loop around her wrist, next to the Cartier watch once owned by Princess Diana.
6. DIANA’S CARTIER WATCH
Priceless possession: The Duchess of Sussex wore Princess Diana’s Cartier watch in The Hague
Meghan also wore a Cartier Tank Française watch, as pictured, gifted by Harry that once belonged to Princess Diana. The watch was worth $23,000 (£17,800) but this one has a special history
Meghan’s elegant timepiece was originally owned by Diana, who is seen wearing it on her left wrist at an engagement at the British Lung Foundation in 1997
The Cartier watch, a present from Harry, was worth £17,800 ($23,000) at the time but is now likely worth a lot more given its history.
The elegant timepiece was worn by Diana at a number of occasions, including a 1997 visit to London’s Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple and an engagement at the British Lung Foundation that same year.
Meghan is known to be a fan of the Tank watch and splurged on her own two-tone version back in 2015 when ‘Suits’ was picked up for a third season.
At the time, she told Hello Magazine, ‘I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch. When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season—which, at the time, felt like such a milestone—I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version
‘I had it engraved on the back, “To M.M. From M.M.” and I plan to give it to my daughter one day. That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.’