Princess Beatrice’s Engagement Ring Has a Special Connection to Meghan Markle

There’s no denying Princess Beatrice’s brand-new engagement ring is gorgeous, but did you know it has an unexpected connection to Meghan Markle? Yep.

When the 31-year-old princess’s now fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, decided to ask for her hand in marriage, he turned to British jeweler Shaun Leane, a personal favorite of—you guessed it—the Duchess of Sussex.

The 38-year-old duchess recently wore a yellow gold vermeil diamond tusk bangle ($1,227) designed by Leane for the launch of her Smart Works capsule collection. She also owns several other pieces by the jeweler, which were a gift from a friend.

But that’s not the only Markle tie-in to Princess Beatrice’s ring. Leane revealed in a statement that the “main diamond is 2.5 karats and the baguette diamonds on the side are .75 karats. They’re from Botswana and ethically sourced.”

Guess who also has a diamond that hails from Botswana on her engagement ring? Markle!

Prince Harry proposed to his now wife with a classic yellow gold band by Cleave and Company with two round diamond stones (estimated to be roughly .75 carats each) that are from Princess Diana’s personal collection. The round stones frame a center cushion-cut diamond that the 35-year-old Duke of Sussex sourced from Botswana himself.

Botswana holds a special place in both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s heart. Prince Harry visited the country shortly after the passing of his mother and he’s patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana. During their courtship, he and Markle traveled there several times together.

The question remains: Will Princess Beatrice and her 34-year-old fiancé also decide to marry at Windsor Castle?


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