Meghan Markle’s engagement ring includes two diamonds that belonged to Princess Diana.
Royal officials say Prince Harry designed the ring himself. It features two diamonds from the collection of his late mother, who died in 1997 when Harry was 12. They flank a central diamond from Botswana.
Harry has visited the African country many times since childhood, and has spent time there with Markle.
The stones are mounted on a band of gold, and the ring was made by Cleave and Company, official jewelers to Queen Elizabeth II.
A beaming Markle, in a white belted coat, posed for photographers wearing the ring Monday, hours after the couple’s engagement was announced.
Congratulations Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle on their engagement! His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle this afternoon visited Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden for a photocall to mark the happy news.
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Prince Harry and his future wife made a brief appearance before photographers on the grounds of Kensington Palace after their engagement was announced.
Harry, wearing a blue suit and tie, said he was “thrilled” and said details about his proposal will come out later. He was then asked if the proposal was romantic, and he replied: “Of course!”
Markle, who said she was “so happy,” was wearing an engagement ring for the first time in public. She held Harry’s hand and rubbed his arm.
They left with their arms around each other. The couple plan to give their first interview later in the day.