When Meghan Markle debuted a new engagement ring just 18 months after getting engaged, most assumed the duchess wanted an upgrade. However, the change was actually initiated by her husband Prince Harry.
Markle’s Ring Upgrade
Markle’s original ring, given to her in 2017, was a trilogy ring with a gold band; Harry said it was Markle’s favorite. During her first pregnancy with her son Archie, the duchess was seen without her engagement or wedding rings. Most assumed it was due to her fingers swelling.
However, Harry was the one who ordered the upgrade. He chose to change the ring at the same time he ordered a custom eternity ring for Markle as a gift to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.
“On May 19, 2019, Harry also surprised his wife of one year with the gift of a ring that he had created with jeweler-to-the-stars Lorraine Schwartz, a favorite of Meghan’s,” writers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote in royal biography “Finding Freedom.”
“The conflict-free diamond eternity band paid homage to the family of three with Meghan’s, Archie’s, and Harry’s birthstones (peridot, emerald, and sapphire, respectively) on the underside of the ring,” they continued.
Schwartz told the writers, “He’s the loveliest person ever. So romantic, so thoughtful.” The prince also had the jeweler resize and reset Markle’s engagement ring with a new band. The original band was made of gold by Cleave and Company, Court Jewelers and Medallists, who…