Prince Harry decided against following royal tradition when he chose his wedding ring for his marriage to Meghan Markle in May 2018.
Unlike his brother William, Harry opts to wear a wedding ring.
Prince Harry opted for a contemporary, platinum design rather than the classic Welsh gold usually preferred by his family. During a visit to the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre in September 2018, photographers took a close-up shot of his ring – which features a slender band and a subtly brushed, textured finish.
In fact, many British royal men prefer not to wear a wedding ring at all, so Prince Harry’s choice to opt for the smart band was surprising to some. Today it’s thought to be much more about personal inclination than tradition. While his brother Prince William and late grandfather Prince Philip prefer not to wear wedding rings, King Charles always wears his, just like Prince Harry.
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So, what is the difference? King Charles’ ring is made from classic gold, like all other wedding rings in the royal family.
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Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle also chose to have their wedding bands made out of the costly metal, which was traditionally gifted by the Queen from her private 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 wedding bands since the Queen Mother married the Duke of York on 26 April 1923.
But, Harry is thought to have wanted a more modern look for this specific piece of jewellery. So, he chose the sleek platinum design instead. He also proudly wears it on his ring finger, while King Charles uniquely chooses to wear his wedding band on his pinky finger, alongside his treasured signet ring.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose court jewellers Cleave and Company to create their wedding jewellery. This was revealed by Buckingham Palace 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.
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