A piece of royal history close to Prince Harry's heart has found a place on Meghan Markle's finger.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
November 27, 2017

Royals fans are abuzz with excitement over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's engagement, which Clarence House announced yesterday. Now that we've had a few hours to absorb the news, we can't help but wonder about the story behind the ring.

The three-stone stunner has a sweet, sentimental touch that we Southerners certainly appreciate. Prince Harry included precious jewels from Princess Diana's personal collection when designing Markle's engagement ring. The two stones flanking the center stone belonged to Princess Di, a moving tribute to his late mother. The middle stone comes from Botswana, the African country that holds much significance for Prince Harry, who cherishes his time spent on the land there. This past summer, Prince Harry, 33, even took Markle to Africa, including a safari in Botswana to celebrate her 36th birthday. Both Prince Harry and Markle are dedicated to charity work in Africa, a shared passion that was reportedly a source of their initial attraction.

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The three stones sit on a gold band, and the ring itself was made by Queen Elizabeth's jewelers, Cleave and Company. The elegant piece certainly makes a statement, but is also simple enough to be suitable for everyday wear.

That Meghan Markle's ring has ties to Prince Harry's mother is reminiscent of his brother, Prince William's offering to Kate Middleton, whose sapphire-and-diamond heirloom engagement ring was worn by Princess Diana.

The "Suits" star and Prince Harry will wed in spring 2018, right around the time Harry's third niece or nephew is due to debut. It will be a very busy spring for the Royal Family and for all of us, Royal Watchers.