From stunning tiaras to engagement rings and diamond earrings, Kate Middleton has worn an array of jewelry pieces from Princess Diana’s collection.
As the wife of Diana’s oldest son, Prince William, Kate seemingly has unlimited access to her collection. While Kate has never been shy about showcasing Diana’s old pieces, does Meghan Markle own any of Diana’s jewelry?
One of the first pieces from Diana’s collection that Kate displayed in public was her engagement ring.
In 2010, William popped the big question while the couple was enjoying a romantic vacation in Africa. The engagement ring was actually the same ring Prince Charles gave Diana when he proposed.
According to Express, Charles paid around $28,000 for the ring back in the day. It is now estimated to be worth well over $300,000.
Once Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows in 2011, he gifted her with a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings that also used to belong to his mom.
The Duchess of Cambridge has worn the engagement ring and earrings during numerous royal engagements over the years. Once William sits on the throne, her access to the royal family’s jewelry collection will be even greater.
What is Kate’s favorite piece from Princess Diana’s collection?
Apart from her engagement ring, there is another piece of jewelry Kate favors above the rest. In fact, one of the more expensive items Kate has worn in the past decade is Diana’s Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara.
The Lover’s Knot is a stunning tiara that features 19 diamond arches and the same number of pearls, all of which are set in a silver and gold framework.
Eddie Le Vian, an expert in jewelry, estimates that the Lover’s Knot tiara has around 85 carats in diamonds. The tiara’s value is somewhere around $3 million, though it could probably fetch well over $25 million at an auction.
Kate Middleton has worn the Lover’s Knot tiara on numerous occasions. In December of 2019, for example, Kate rocked it during a diplomat reception at Buckingham Palace.
She was first spotted wearing it during an Australian tour and has obviously fallen in love with it ever since.
What about Meghan Markle?
Although Meghan has not worn as many of Diana’s pieces as Kate, she does own a few pieces from her collection.
Meghan’s engagement ring, for example, has a direct link to Diana. Prince Harry reportedly crafted the ring out of diamonds from Diana’s vault, giving it a special place in the Duke of Sussex’s heart.
“Prince Harry chose a trilogy engagement ring for Meghan, with a center stone from Botswana and two diamonds on either side which came from his late mother Princess Diana’s jewelry collection,” LeVian shared.
An interesting side note about engagement rings is that Harry had possession of Diana’s engagement ring following her tragic death. He gifted the ring to William so that he could propose to Kate Middleton in 2010.
Kate Middleton dons old ring
Although Kate loves her engagement ring, she has been wearing another piece of jewelry on her fingers in recent months. Royal watchers have noticed that Kate has been wearing her old citrine ring as of late.
Kate first wore the ring in 2002 but stopped wearing it after she got engaged. It is believed to be worth anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000.
We do not know why Kate Middleton has started to wear the ring once again, but it could have something to do with all the drama the royals have faced over the past few months. This includes Prince Andrew stepping down in light of his sex trafficking scandal and Harry and Meghan’s recent departure.
As a stone, citrine is supposed to represent optimism and is believed to help in decision making.
There is also a possibility that the ring holds some king of sentimental value to Kate, which would explain why she has kept it around all these years.
Kate Middleton has not commented on the things she owns from Princess Diana’s jewelry collection.