Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will both wear a wedding ring—which is actually a bit unusual for the royal family.
Mere days after their grand wedding at Windsor Castle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out in public for the first time for a garden party at Buckingham Palace. On display? Their wedding bands—the duchess’s, made of Welsh gold, the duke’s, of platinum.
Their is an unusual pronoun in this instance. Because, for the royals, it is often just about her wedding ring.
While Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Queen Elizabeth wear wedding rings, their husbands, Prince William and Prince Philip, do not. Prince Charles wears one, but on his pinky finger, tucked behind his signet ring.
Back in 2011, the palace said the choice to wear a wedding ring is a “personal preference.” And perhaps there’s nothing else to it. But it’s worth noting the “no” option has roots in the traditions of a certain social strata: “It is code, like so many of these things . . . there is a group of upper-class people who think the less of that stuff you wear the better, less bling,” Peter York, coauthor of The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook, told The Telegraph.