As royal watchers await for May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the question will be whether or not Prince Harry will wear a wedding band. What is the British royal tradition of men wearing rings, and has Prince Harry ever worn jewelry in the past? Perhaps whether or not Harry has worn jewelry could potentially indicate that he may wear a wedding ring when they marry.
Recently, the Inquisitr reported that although Kate Middleton wears a wedding band that follows royal tradition, Prince William has chosen not to wear a wedding ring. Her band was originally a “lump of Welsh gold” that was handcrafted into a special wedding band design that Kate and Prince William selected.
According to Insider, even at the time Kate and William got married, he did not put on a wedding band. This was because the Duke of Cambridge doesn’t care to wear jewelry. It appears that going ringless is generally typical of most men in British Royalty, including Prince Philip.
Yet, Prince Charles wore a wedding ring when he was married to Princess Diana, and now married to Camilla Parker-Bowles, the heir apparent wears a wedding band. Yet, Charles does not wear his wedding ring on his fourth finger as is typically done, but instead on his pinky, under a signet ring that is adorned with the Prince of Wales crest.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, wore his wedding ring on his pinky when he was married to Sarah Ferguson, and Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex continues to wear his wedding ring.
Over the years, has Prince Harry shown an inclination to wear jewelry? It appears he has quite the reputation for wearing man-jewelry.
In 2014, Elle posted a “man-jewelry intervention” piece on Prince Harry. Harry had been in the states attending a wedding in Memphis, Tennessee, along with his older brother, Prince William. Harry apparently made an extra stop in Miami to enjoy some sun, and there, he was photographed enjoying some pool time, sipping a coconut drink, and sporting several pieces of man jewelry.
The fashion magazine was shocked that he over adorned himself for just a dip at the pool, which they claim is a fashion faux pas.
They acknowledge that Prince Harry loves to wear man jewelry and has been seen wearing many objects of man jewelry. And although the fashion-forward magazine does not exactly admonish him for wearing several pieces of man jewelry while at the pool, they seem to let him off of the hook a bit. They refuse to attribute his “extra-bedazzled look” to his recent breakup with Cressida Bonas, his last girlfriend before meeting Meghan Markle. They appear to say that this is just what this “bro” likes to wear: man jewelry.
“Prince Harry has a rich history of wearing man jewelry. He is a well-documented fan of the sporty, rubber Livestrong-esque band, but oft adorns himself with a rustic beaded bracelet or a delicate silver bangle. Though the necklace is a rare addition, he has been known to model the leather-strung trinket before, so while some might attribute this extra-bedazzled look to his recent break-up, it seems more likely this is just his go-to (basic) bro beachwear.”
More recently, after the Harry and Meghan relationship became “official” in a Palace issued statement from Prince Harry, it was noted that both Meghan and Harry wore matching blue and white bracelets. Harry wears his on his right wrist, while Meghan on her left.
Prince Harry had already been wearing the Relate bracelets for several years. He has worn a black one, as well as the blue and white. According to Express, Meghan began to wear hers in late July 2016, around the time the couple first met. Although it has not been officially announced, many assume this bracelet was a gift from Prince Harry.
Speaking to Channel 24, Relate’s CEO Neil Robinson was happy to connect the meaning behind the charity and the bracelet’s ability to connect people, including Meghan and Harry.
“She may not have the ring yet, but she has the bracelet. Relate’s bracelets connect people to each other, and to the cause they support.”
The bracelets are a “100 percent not-for-profit social enterprise which predominantly sells handmade beaded bracelets to raise money for charities globally, while creating jobs for South Africans.” Prince Harry originally wore the bracelets to support Relate’s worthy charity.
So while royal fans are waiting for wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle, they can also surmise whether the jewelry-loving Prince will break royal tradition and wear a wedding band and if so, what it will look like and what finger Harry may wear it on.
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