The names Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are synonymous with English Royalty. They are two of the most searched names on the internet and are scrutinized by eyes all over the globe. These young women stepped out of the shadows of mediocrity and married into one of the most famous Royal families in history. Kate Middleton married Prince Charles and Meghan Markle wed young Prince Henry. And despite the constant judgments, the marriages are developing; babies are being born and the new Royal families are budding. While the world is ecstatic that the marriages are flourishing and that the young couples still appear to be madly in love with one another, women everywhere can’t seem to stop talking about Kate and Meghan’s engagement rings. Prince William and Prince Henry are known for their extravagant gifts and what could be more profligate than the engagement rings for Kate and Meghan. Yet how much are these engagement rings actually worth?
Kate Middleton married Prince Charles back on April 29, 2011. She had long been the love interest of Prince Charles and the two had dated off and on for years. Of course, getting engaged to English Royalty had its benefits and this is particularly true when it came the Kate’s engagement ring. Kate Middleton was gifted a very special ring from Prince Charles mother, Princess Dianna’s, personal collection. In fact, the very engagement ring worn by Kate Middleton had once been Princess Diana’s engagement ring. When Prince Charles had proposed to Princess Diana in 1981, the ring was worth well over $37,000. The ring features a gorgeous blue sapphire and surround by many sparkling diamonds. The ring is large and ostentatious and completely magnificent. Since its original debut as Princess Diana’s engagement ring, the value has dramatically increased and is now thought to be worth well of $400,000.
Meghan Markle is the newest addition to the Royal Family, marrying Prince Henry on May 19, 2018. Unlike Kate, who received a family heirloom, Meghan’s ring was hand crafted by jewelers and personally designed by Prince Henry himself. The ring is stunning, loaded with various diamonds of differing sizes. The large center diamond is from Botswana and Prince Henry used diamonds from his departed mother’s personal collection to surround and accent the center diamond. It is believed that Meghan Markle’s ring is worth well over $161,000.
While Kate Middleton’s engagement ring has greater monetary value than Meghan Markle’s, these rings represent so much more than simple wealth and status. Each princess represents an individual woman. These women were not always royalty and fell in love with two Princes, turning their ordinary lives into beautiful fairy tales. Each has their own distinct likes and preferred styles. Which ring do you prefer? Do you love Kate Middleton’s unique blue sapphire speckled with diamonds, or do you prefer the more traditional center diamond ring that Meghan Markle wears? Regardless of your preference, the rings represent the love and devotion of these young Royal couples and shine with the vivacity of their marriages.