A close look at Prince Harry’s wedding ring – and why it’s surprisingly different from other royal men

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A close look at Prince Harry’s wedding ring – and why it’s surprisingly different from other royal men

Unlike his brother William, Harry opts to wear a wedding ring

Sandhurst graduate Prince Harry returns to the military academy last year (Image GETTY)
Sandhurst graduate Prince Harry returns to the military academy last year (Image GETTY)

Prince Harry decided against following royal tradition when he chose his wedding ring for his marriage to the Duchess of Sussex – opting for a modern, platinum design rather than the classic Welsh gold usually favoured by his family. And on Thursday, during a visit to the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre, photographers caught a close-up shot of his ring – which features a slender band and a subtly brushed, textured finish.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made no secret of their desire to start a family (Image GETTY)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made no secret of their desire to start a family (Image GETTY)

In fact, many British royal men choose not to wear a wedding ring at all, so Harry’s decision to opt for the smart band was surprising to some – though today it’s thought to be much more about personal preference than tradition. While his brother Prince William and grandfather Prince Philip do not wear wedding rings, Prince Charles always wears his, like Harry.

Meghan Markle Meghan and Prince Harry at the awards (Image PA)
Meghan Markle Meghan and Prince Harry at the awards (Image PA)

he difference? Charles’ ring is made from classic gold, like all other wedding rings in the royal family. Both the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex also chose to have their wedding bands made out of the precious metal, which is traditionally gifted by the Queen from her personal collection of Welsh gold from the Clogau St. David Gold Mine in Dolgellau, Wales – even more exclusive as it’s no longer in operation. Members of the royal family have used the gold to create their weddings bands since the Queen Mother married the Duke of York on 26 April 1923.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bid sad farewell at palace Photo (C) GETTY
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bid sad farewell at palace Photo (C) GETTY

But, Harry is thought to have wanted a more modern look for the special piece of jewellery, choosing the sleek platinum design instead. He also proudly wears it on his ring finger, while Charles uniquely chooses to wear his wedding band on his pinky finger, alongside his treasured signet ring.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bonded with children over their Disney knowledge Photo (C) GETTY
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bonded with children over their Disney knowledge Photo (C) GETTY

Harry and Meghan chose court jewelers Cleave and Company to create their wedding jewellery, which the palace revealed in a statement just before the royal wedding. “Ms. Markle’s ring has been fashioned from a piece of Welsh Gold, gifted by Her Majesty The Queen. Prince Harry’s ring will be a Platinum Band with a textured finish. Both rings were crafted in the Cleave workshop,” the notice read.

Just in case there were any lingering doubt, Prince Harry puts Meghan Markle first, ahead of everything—including long-standing royal traditions PhotoJust in case there were any lingering doubt, Prince Harry puts Meghan Markle first, ahead of everything—including long-standing royal traditions Photo (C) GETTYC) GETTY
Just in case there were any lingering doubt, Prince Harry puts Meghan Markle first, ahead of everything—including long-standing royal traditions Photo (C) GETTY

Source: HELLO MAGAZINE

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