Meghan Markle’s engagement ring is ‘currently being serviced because a setting came loose’, according to PEOPLE magazine.
The Duchess of Sussex, 42, was first spotted without her enormous £140,000 sparkler, comprising of one huge Botswana diamond and two from Princess Diana’s collection, back in May.
She also ditched the glittering band during her recent appearances at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, Germany, this week.
But it’s now understood that the piece is being serviced after a setting came loose, according to the magazine.
Prince Harry proposed to Meghan in November 2017, with the ring comprising of a solid yellow gold band set with three diamonds.
The Duchess of Sussex (pictured) ditched the glittering band during her recent appearances at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, Germany, this week
But it’s now reportedly understood that the piece is being serviced after a setting came loose. Pictured, Meghan’s hands without the engagement ring while at the Invictus Games
At the time of their engagement, the Duke spoke about creating Meghan’s ring with the help of jewellers Cleave and Company.
The custom design featured one diamond originally from Botswana and two smaller stones from Princess Diana’s collection.
At the time, he said: ‘The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s [Meghan’s] favourite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewellery collection, to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together.’
Meghan called it ‘incredible’, explaining: ‘Everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Princess Diana’s stones] and obviously not being able to meet his mom, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us.’
‘It’s incredibly special to be able to have this [ring], which sort of links where you come form and Botswana, which is important to us. It’s perfect.’
However the Duchess chose not to wear her engagement ring for a number of public engagements back in 2019 while pregnant with her son Archie.
When she appeared at Trooping the Colour that year, it emerged the Duchess had altered the custom made engagement ring that Prince Harry designed for her.
At Trooping the Colour and at her Windsor Castle photo call with Prince Harry and newborn son Archie, the Duchess wore her three engagement diamonds set on a thin micro-pavé band.
At the time of their engagement (pictured), the Duke spoke about creating Meghan’s ring with the help of jewellers Cleave and Company
Prince Harry proposed to Meghan in November 2017 with a glittering ring comprising of a solid yellow gold band set with three diamonds (left). This was then changed to include a micro-pave band in 2019 (right)
Jewellery expert Arabel Lebrusan confirmed the ring had changed, and suggested it had been tweaked to make the original diamonds look bigger.
Arabel, owner the ethical jewellery brand Arabel Lebrusan, called the thinner band a popular trend, revealing: ‘Many celebrities do this, as the central stone looks bigger in comparison getting the wow factor.’
The jewellery expert pointed out the difference in the band, saying: ‘She now has little diamonds set down the sides of her engagement ring and the band also seems thinner than before.’
She also revealed that the glittering band only emphasised the Meghan’s diamonds, and added: ‘The diamond setting on the band looks like micro-set, this means there is very little metal in between the stones maximising the sparkle of the tiny diamonds.’
Arabel continued that she thought the new style suited the Duchess’ style ‘perfectly’, saying: ‘It does suit her style perfectly, and it fits her dainty fingers as well.’
Leora Moreno, owner of jewellery brand Leo With Love, said at the time the changes could have been changed to match Meghan’s eternity ring.
The Duchess of Sussex speaks on stage at the Friends @ Home Event at the Station Airport during day three of the Invictus Games
She explained: ‘It looks like the eternity ring has a channel pavé setting. The engagement ring looks to have an even smaller pavé setting, but perfectly matches the eternity band.’
The jeweller went on to explain the change may have been complex, saying that it required ‘fine skill and craftsmanship to change the band to something more delicate like a pavé setting.’
She added that that the modern style would suit Meghan for ‘years to come’ and was ‘the perfect combination of eye-catching and dainty’.
In 2022’s Finding Freedom, Omid Scobie claimed it was the Duke who altered Meghan’s ring.
In the biography, jeweller-to-the-stars Lorraine Schwartz said: “‘He’s the loveliest person ever. So romantic, so thoughtful.’”
The authors continued: ‘(So much so that Harry also thought to have Lorraine resize and reset Meghan’s engagement ring with a new diamond band.)’