Why Did Meghan Markle Remove her $158K Diamond Ring in Africa?

Published September 24th, 2019 - 11:39 GMT
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the "Justice desk", an NGO in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, as they begin their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. (AFP/ File Photo)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the "Justice desk", an NGO in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, as they begin their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. (AFP/ File Photo)
Meghan was seen without her £140K engagement ring for the second day in row.

Meghan Markle removed her £140,000 engagement ring for the second day running in line with her wish to stay 'low key', as the Sussexes' tour of Africa continued at Cape Town's 'therapy beach' today.

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, kept her three carat sparkler off again, but kept her gold wedding band on and swapped the eternity ring she was wearing yesterday with a £200 turquoise Jennifer Meyer ring.

On Monday Meghan was first spotted without the custom-made engagement ring Harry designed for her, wearing her gold wedding band and eternity ring the Prince gave her to celebrate their first wedding anniversary in May.

Meghan opted for the same £483 diamond and turquoise earrings by Los Angeles designer Jennifer Meyer and delicate gold chain necklace that she wore during her trip to Cape Town's 'murder capital' Nayanga Township yesterday.

The decision to ditch her ring and opt for affordable designers is said to be in line with her plan 'to keep the trip low key'. 

Meghan is a fan of the brand Jennifer Meyer, ran by the ex-wife of Spiderman star Tobey Maguire. 

On Monday Meghan and Harry, 35, donned matching beaded bracelets spelling out the word 'justice' given to them by local children. 

The Duchess showed her support for African designers, looking radiant in a pretty £69 black and white print wrap dress from Malawian brand Mayamiko, which she teamed with £80 Castaner Carina black heeled espadrilles.

Nyanga, in the Cape Flats just outside of Cape Town, was the first stop on their first royal tour as a family, while four-month-old son Archie Mountbatten Windsor stayed behind at their residence with a nanny. 


The NGO, supported by The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, of which Harry serves as President and Meghan as Vice-President, teaches children about their rights, self-awareness and safety, and provides self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community. 

And today the pair kicked off the second day of their whirlwind tour of Africa on the Cape Town beach where they met young surfers who use the ocean as a therapeutic escape from their violent communities.

Harry and Meghan travelled to Monwabisi Beach, on the outskirts of the city, to learn about the work of Waves For Change, which helps vulnerable children from township and challenging communities through the power of surfing.

Meghan opted for an understated combination of a white shirt, black jeans and her favourite denim jacket, accessorising the outfit with a practical £62 canvas and leather tote bag, also from Madewell, and a pair of £156 Brother Vellies woven flats.

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The family-of-three arrived in Cape Town 40 minutes yesterday morning following their overnight British Airways flight from London.

Beaming, Meghan was pictured carrying four-month-old Archie, who sported an adorable bobble hat for the occasion. 

The young royal bore a striking resemblance to his father, who was pictured wearing a similar hat in the arms of his mother, Diana.

Harry yesterday said he 'couldn't wait' to introduce his son to Africa ahead of the trip. 

Meghan recently redesigned her custom-made engagement ring band that Prince Harry designed for her to make it look more dainty.

She updated the solid yellow gold band, set with three diamonds, to make it thinner and 'more modern'.

Meanwhile Meghan debuted her eternity ring at Trooping the Colour in June, her first public appearance after the birth of baby Archie.

The bespoke diamond band designed by American jeweller Lorraine Schwartz was given to her by her husband to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. 

Meghan's decision to wear a dress by African designer Mayamiko yesterday appeared to be a nod to Prince Harry's scheduled visit to Malawi during the second part of the royal tour.

It also ties in closely with Meghan's personal interest in enterprises that support and empower women as the brand works in conjunction with a charity and a workshop that helps to train and support women across fashion, business, and general life skills. The brand also donates £1 to the Mayamiko Trust for every garment bought.

The decision to wear a lesser-known African designer could mark the start of a trend for the tour, with the Duchess of Sussex using the widespread public interest and media coverage to shine a spotlight on local talent.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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