A tiny Meghan engagement ring detail has had viewers disconcerted for months. Now there’s an explanation

A tiny Meghan engagement ring detail has had viewers disconcerted for months. Now there’s an explanation
  • PublishedSeptember 14, 2023

Eagle-eyed fans have been noticing a disconcerting detail about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in recent months – and finally we have an explanation.

The wife of Prince Harry has been without her engagement ring, with the absence most recently noticed during her Invictus Games appearances in Germany.

The three-stone jewel features a diamond sourced from Botswana, where Meghan and Harry fell in love, along with two side stones from Harry’s mum Princess Diana’s personal collection.

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Speaking about the ring during an engagement interview in November 2017, the duchess said, “It’s beautiful, and he designed it, it’s incredible”.

Meghan was first spotted without it in May when she attended the Ms Foundation Women of Vision Awards.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s engagement ring.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s engagement ring. Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

“Uh, no Meghan has no ring, we know what’s next…” one viewer tweeted in May.

“Meghan’s been spotted without her engagement ring twice now!!!” a second said.

Now it appears there is finally an explanation for its absence.

The Sussexes met with contestants of the wheelchair basketball contest between Ukraine and Australia and watched from the stands, even partaking in a group wave.

Harry was given a pair of Budgie Smugglers from the Australian team that had flags of all the nations competing in the games.

The Aussie gift to Harry has become an Invictus tradition, started by tennis star Dylan Alcott.

Harry even wrote to Alcott saying that a previous pair of speedos had “come in handy” during an English summer.

Following the event, Harry and Meghan spoke with some members of Team Nigeria.

Notably, Harry mentioned in his opening ceremony speech that Meghan had “discovered she’s of Nigerian descent”, after the duchess shared in October 2022 that she is 43 per cent Nigerian after taking a genealogy test.

The couple posed behind a Nigerian flag with some of the team members.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with Team Nigeria.
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with Team Nigeria. Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Ga

The new appearance comes a day after Meghan gave an “off the cuff” speech apologising that she was “late to the party”.

Meghan, 42, had remained in Montecito, California, for the first few days of Harry’s trip, as she settled their two children Prince Archie, four, and Princess Lilibet, two.

After touching down in Dusseldorf, Meghan reunited with her husband and went on to host a reception for more than 1600 athletes.

“Hi everybody. It is so special to be here and I’m sorry I’m a little late to the party,” she began as her husband stood beside her.

“Like so many of you, you know this is about family and friends and the community that Invictus has created … and so I had to spend a little bit more time getting the little ones settled at home.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak on stage.
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak on stage. Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Ga

“Three milkshakes and a school drop off and I just landed a couple of hours ago and I am thrilled that the first event I can do for Invictus is here with all of you.”

“My husband is a man of few words this evening, do you want to say anything?” she joked, turning to Harry.

“You don’t need to hear from me again,” he stated, before adding a few more informal remarks.

Harry founded the initiative to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans from across the globe, by giving them the challenge of competing in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.


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