Meghan Markle raised eyebrows when she showed off her redesigned sparkly engagement ring earlier in July. The Duchess of Sussex has had the plain gold band that her three stunning diamonds sit on changed to a thinner band lined with even more diamonds. While many loved the new look, others thought it was wrong to alter something her husband Prince Harry had designed for her. Fans said it was 'disrespectful' and Ingrid Seward, the editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, believes it was an 'odd decision' and says the 'piece of history' shouldn't have been modernized. But Meghan was far from the first royal to resign her jewellery, and her mother-in-law Princess Diana actually changed her engagement ring too.
The ring that Prince Charles popped the question with was actually very controversial, and members of the Royal Family reportedly weren't very impressed. The heir to the throne presented Lady Diana with a selection of rings by Garrard of Mayfair, the Crown Jeweller at the time. She picked the white gold ring with 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding the famous sapphire. But there was a problem with is - it wasn't bespoke.
The ring had actually featured in a catalogue which means, unlike most royal engagement rings, it wasn't unique, reports the Sun. In fact, anyone could have bought exactly the same ring. It is believed to have cost £28,000 at the time, but the history behind it means it's now valued at approximately £300,000. However, within a few years of receiving the ring, Diana had a few changes made to it - just like Meghan has done.
In the original ring, the iconic sapphire originally sat on eight prongs, with two holding the jewel in place on each corner. But less than two years later the Princess had it redesigned to add an extra six prongs to the setting. It's unsure if this was for taste reasons or it was a practical change to make it more secure. Diana continued to wear her engagement rings for four years after she separated from Prince Charles out of respect for her sons. After her death, William and Harry picked one piece from her jewellery collection each as a keepsake. Harry picked the engagement ring, while William opted for his mum's Cartier watch.
But when William was getting ready to propose, Harry made a touching sacrifice and decided to give up the ring so his big brother could have it. So when Wills popped the question in 2010, he presented the ring to his girlfriend Kate Middleton who wears it today.Read More