Prince Harry designed the stunning ring himself, which according to Brides, is a three-stone stunner, and “features a center diamond from Botswana, surrounded by two diamonds that belonged to his mother, Princess Diana, on a gold band.”
Following in his brother’s proposal style royal footsteps—Prince William gave Kate Middleton Princess Diana’s actual engagement ring when he proposed in 2010—Prince Harry commemorated his late mother by incorporating two of her diamonds into Markle’s ring design. Both brothers have strong connections to Botswana as well, given their time spent there when they were children and later as adults, doing charitable work. Prince William proposed to Middleton in Kenya, while Prince Harry spent time with Markle in Botswana for her birthday, which makes perfect sense for why he selected the center diamond from there.
Botswana is also the largest producer of gem-quality diamonds in the world, so while we’re sure there was no shortage of options for the Prince to choose from, the reasoning behind his selection might have had something to do with the region’s responsible practices when it comes to the sparkling diamonds they produce. Botswana is one of the leaders in the industry for doing good and changing the narrative around ethical mining, in addition to creating several job opportunities for locals: “Every child in Botswana receives free education until the age of 13, and the country now has 300 secondary schools compared with just three back in 1966.”
Since Markle herself is widely praised as a humanitarian, the ring could not make better sense. As gemologist Grant Mobley tells Bustle: “The perfect bit of old and new have been combined in this ring to match the style of Miss Markle. Changing up the traditional three stone design with a new cushion cut diamond, and adding precious diamonds from his mother’s collection, provides a perfect combination that is both modern and traditional, and one she [Markle] can truly call her own.”
While few other details have emerged surrounding the wedding, one thing’s for certain—the significance and history behind the engagement ring could set the tone for the rest of the royal affair.