The beautiful jewels Meghan Markle inherited from Princess Diana – including a £100k ring

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Princess Diana was a fashion icon, with her style and jewellery envied the world over. After she died in 1997, many of Diana’s most memorable jewellery items were not seen publicly for several years. But now Diana’s sons Prince William and Prince Harry are married, their wives Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have worn her jewellery on several occasions. Here are just some of Diana’s jewellery items Meghan has been seen wearing over the years.

Cartier Tank Française watch

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently appeared on the front cover of TIME magazine, after being named as two of the most influential people in the world.

For the cover, Meghan wore a striking all-white outfit, accessorised with what is thought to be the Cartier Tank Française watch.

The Cartier watch was once a firm favourite of Princess Diana, and she frequently wore the watch in the 1990s.

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After Diana died, her will stipulated that her jewellery would be divided between her two sons.

Prince William is thought to have chosen the Cartier watch, while Prince Harry is thought to have picked his mother’s iconic engagement ring.

However, before William proposed to Kate Middleton, it is believed the brothers swapped their heirlooms.

Kate now wears Diana’s sapphire engagement ring as her own.

Engagement ring

Prince Harry made sure his engagement ring for Meghan also made a tribute to his late mother when he proposed in 2017.

Meghan’s engagement ring is considered a trilogy diamond ring, featuring a central diamond sourced from Botswana.

Botswana has sentimental value for Harry and Meghan, as the pair visited the country while they were dating.

The central diamond is flanked by two more diamonds, both of which are from Diana’s jewellery collection.

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Aquamarine ring

The newly-married Duchess of Sussex changed into a halter neck dress following her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.

Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring was spotted on Meghan Markle’s finger as she headed to her wedding reception.

Alexandra Michell, gemologist at Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn, told “This stunning aquamarine ring first appeared on Princess Diana’s finger in the late nineties when Princess Diana commissioned Asprey’s to create it using a stone that had been gifted to her by her good friend, Lucia Flecha de Lima.

“It was a replacement engagement ring following her divorce from Prince Charles. It is thought the stone came from the famous Minas Gerais mines in Brazil.

“Flanked by trapeze cut diamonds, a mixture of a yellow gold band, and a white gold mount, the emerald cut aquamarine is estimated at 30cts, and as with most high-quality aquamarines, it is clean and has strong and even colouration.”

According to the gem expert, the ring could be worth a staggering six-figure sum.

Ms Michell added: “When Princess Diana passed, the ring was left to Prince Harry, who gifted it to his bride Meghan.

“She wore it to their wedding reception in 2018 as a tribute to her late mother-in-law.

“In 2018, the ring was estimated at £75,000, however, should this piece be presented at auction today, and with such an unconventional story behind it, I would think this piece would fetch over £100,000.”

Butterfly earrings

Princess Diana wore a pair of cute butterfly earrings on several occasions, notably on a trip to Canada in 1986.

Since Meghan married Prince Harry, she has also been seen wearing the butterfly earrings at more than one event.

During the Sussexes’ 2018 tour of Australia, Meghan was seen wearing the earrings while out and about in Sydney.

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