Meghan attended the One Young World Summit opening ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall last night. The Duchess of Sussex reported that for her, after the bombshell documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey aired, it was business as usual, leaving her car smiling with confidence. But eagle-eyed royal watchers noticed Meghan left behind a significant accessory – her eternity ring.
A closer look at the Duchess’s left hand shows that she was wearing only her wedding ring and a stunning £ 140,000 engagement ring.
The infinity ring was first seen on Meghan’s hand during this year’s Trooping the Color, her first public appearance since Archie Harrison was born on May 6.
The ring was given to the Duchess by Prince Harry after helping to create the piece with famous jeweler Lorraine Schwartz.
It is not known whether the Duke of Sussex gave Meghan the ring as a ‘push gift’ for Archie’s birth or to mark their first wedding anniversary.
But the stones used to create the ring surely pay homage to House Sussex, as it features the birthstone of himself, little Archie and Meghan on the underside of the jewel, Harpers Bazaar wrote.
Archie’s birthstone is Emerald, Meghan’s is Peridot Stone, and Harry’s is Blue Sapphire.
The Infinite Band is complemented by a collection of diamonds and is often seen as a symbol of protection and power.
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This ring has long since disappeared from Meghan’s finger in public, as she was spotted not wearing it also during her 10-day tour of South Africa.
During the whirlwind tour, Meghan also decided to leave her engagement ring at home, wishing to be ‘low key’.
Meghan’s solo outing in central London marked her second public appearance since the return of the Sussexes from South Africa on October 2.
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According to body language expert Judi James, Meghan showed “excited eye expression” – but continued to show signs of vulnerability which she spoke about during her interview with Tom Bradby.
Ms James told the MailOnline: ‘Meghan wore her hair pinned away from her face for much of the Africa tour, but here she has gently curled it around her face, not only to frame it, but sometimes to act like curtains that provide a cut, in turn obscuring parts of her face including, at times, her eyes.
“She also appears to be holding her left hand higher than usual in what looks like a partial barrier gesture, with her engagement and wedding rings displayed to illustrate what she calls her strength and security in her life.”
The Duchess opted to wear for the night an elegant £ 107 Babaton by Aritizia grape-colored dress – the same one she already wore when she visited Hamilton Square in Birkenhead in January.
Yesterday marked the third time the Duchess has attended the One Young World summit, as she served as its advisor in Dublin in 2014 as well as in Ottawa in 2016.
The Duke and Duchess ‘official Instagram account sussexroyal yesterday posted a photo of Meghan with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to’ look back ‘at times of the Duchess’ presence at One Young World in the past.
The caption read: “The Duchess of Sussex will attend the opening ceremony of @OneYoungWorld tonight to continue her support for this incredible collective of global youth ambassadors.
“Her Royal Highness was an advisor for OYW in Dublin in 2014 and in Ottawa in 2016.
“Tonight, she once again joins world leaders and activists in celebrating today’s youth as they tackle some of the world’s greatest problems.
“She is proud to attend as Vice President of the Queens Commonwealth Trust and to continue her longstanding commitment to this very important summit.
“Later this week, the Duchess will hold a panel discussion with several of the young leaders of OYW to address the issue of gender equality around the world and how we can all play our part to achieve equality for all.
“Ahead of tonight’s Opening Ceremony, we take a look back at some photos and moments of SAR from One Young World in the past.
“Stay tuned for highlights from tonight’s event! # OYW2019 ”