Eagle-eyed fans notice Meghan Markle isn't wearing engagement ring on South Africa tour

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
The Duchess of Sussex has yet to wear her engagement ring while on the royal tour of South Africa [Photo: Getty]

Eagle-eyed royal fans have noticed that the Duchess of Sussex has removed her engagement ring for the royal tour of South Africa.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kick-started the 10-day trip yesterday morning but the new mother has yet to be photographed wearing the ring Harry gave her.

Yesterday, the royal dressed diplomatically in a £69 dress by sustainable Malawi brand, Mayamiko, with nothing but her Welsh wedding ring and a separate thin gold band on her ring finger.

This morning, the former actress cut a more casual figure for a trip to Monwabisi Beach to visit Waves For Change in double denim.

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Once again, her engagement ring was missing and instead, the 38-year-old chose to don a new $250 Jennifer Meyer turquoise ring (approximately £200) to match her earrings.

The Duchess of Sussex kickstarted the royal tour without her engagement ring on [Photo: Getty]

The reason why the Duchess of Sussex has eschewed her engagement ring so far on the trip has yet to be confirmed but speculation is rife that the royal is wanting to keep her appearance “low key”.

Royal commentator, Richard Fitzwilliams, told Yahoo UK, “When planning what to wear and what is appropriate for which event on a royal tour, it’s important that it in no way detracts from any message the royal wishes to convey.”

“In this historic tour, as we saw yesterday, Meghan is visiting deprived areas such as Nyanga, which also has an extremely high crime rate,” he continued. “She very sensibly has decided that wearing her beautiful engagement ring might be construed as ostentatious which would not be appropriate.”

The Duchess of Sussex replaced her engagement jewels with a new Jennifer Meyer ring [Photo: Getty]

Fitzwilliams also pointed out that wearing her royal jewels may well distract attention away from the couple’s charity work while on tour.

“It is her theme to empower women from all backgrounds and ages, the passion with which she gets it across and the way she puts her audience, from whatever background, at ease, that counts,” Fitzwilliams added.

“Not wearing her engagement ring is unusual but makes sense, as on this tour diamonds, however beguiling their glitter, would be far too distracting.”

In recent months, Meghan has been regularly wearing her engagement ring for both public and private engagements.

The royal’s engagement ring could clearly be seen as she cheered on friend Serena Williams at the US Open on September 7.

Meghan later wore the iconic piece to launch the Smart Works collection in London on September 12.

The royal mother was spotted wearing her ring on September 7, 2019 [Photo: Getty]
The Duchess of Sussex wore the ring to launch her Smart Works collection [Photo: Getty]

The Duchess of Sussex’s engagement ring was produced by the Queen’s go-to jeweller, Cleave and Company, and designed by Prince Harry using ethically-sourced stones from Botswana.

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In a sentimental gesture, the centre stone is flanked with two round diamonds from a brooch which once belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana.

Adding to her regal collection, Prince Harry also gifted his wife an eternity ring to mark their wedding anniversary on May 19 - which also also been absent from the trip so far.

Meghan frequently wore her engagement ring during the royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand [Photo: Getty]

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The only other time in which Meghan has been photographed sans engagement ring was during her pregnancy.

While expecting Archie, the Duchess of Sussex regularly stepped out in just her Cleave and Company gold wedding band - most likely due to her fingers swelling.

The Duchess of Sussex was photographed without her engagement ring in March, 2019 [Photo: Getty]

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