Secret meaning behind Meghan Markle's pinky ring which 'paved the way for women in sport'

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle's piky ring had a hidden meaning

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 23/09/2023

- 07:00

Updated: 07/11/2023

- 15:51

The Duchess of Sussex now has 'freedom from royal protocol'

Meghan Markle, 42, made a "personal statement" with her jewellery at the Invictus Games, according to style experts who spoke exclusively to GB News.

The Duchess of Sussex was enjoying her "freedom from royal protocols", now that she is no longer a working member of the Royal Family, fashion commentators have claimed.

Anya Walsh, a jewellery expert at Europe’s largest online diamond jeweller 77 Diamonds, spoke exclusively to GB News about a ring worn by the Duchess which contains a hidden meaning.

She claimed: "One of the rings worn by Meghan was actually a tennis pinky ring created to honour landmark US legislation passed in 1972.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle wore impressive jewellery at the Invictus Games


"This legislation prohibited gender-based discrimination and paved the way for women in sport."

The 1972 Tennis Pinky Ring costs $2,800, or £2,257 in British Sterling from Shiffon Co. Jewellery.

It has the following description: "Shiffon’s 1972 Tennis Pinky Ring was created in honour of the passing of Title IX, the landmark legislation that prohibited gender-based discrimination in schools and federally funded programs and paved the way for women in sports.

"This diamonds-all-around version of our signature pinky ring continues the mission of supporting women with 19.72 per cent of profits going to our Women in Sports Investment fund.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan wearing her pinky ring

Meghan Markle

Meghan had a wide array of outfits at the Invictus Games


"This fund will invest in female-founded companies in the sports, health, and fitness verticals."

Walsh claimed that "Meghan’s outfits during the Invictus games showcased her impeccable style".

She added: "From the jewellery perspective, she chose a wardrobe of jewels in yellow gold. Meghan is a fan of yellow gold - just think of her choice of metal on her engagement ring.

"The Duchess now enjoys freedom from royal protocols and can express her personal style since she’s no longer a working royal.

"Then again, Coco Chanel said ‘Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off’.

"Meghan is evidently a subscriber to that compellingly understated philosophy. She often appears without a necklace preferring to don thoughtfully curated combinations of earrings, rings, watches and bangles.

"Her choice of a yellow gold Cartier watch teamed with a yellow gold Cartier Love bangle are certainly symbols of luxury style, yet succeed in looking right for an elegant and important sporting occasion such as this."

Another expert, James Harris, who is the Regional Sales Manager at luxury jewellers Austen & Blake, also spoke exclusively to GB News about Meghan's statement jewels.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle looked beautiful at the Invictus Games


He suggested: "Meghan is making a personal statement with her jewellery, with beautifully curated pieces that have sentimental meaning to her.

"They’ve been carefully selected to complement her stylish outfits to create a beautifully cohesive look.

"She was spotted wearing her late mother-in-law Princess Diana’s gold Cartier Tank watch, as well as her engagement ring and wedding ring.

"However, a fun touch was added to one of her outfits with a beaded friendship bracelet reading ‘I am Invictus’, as a sweet nod to the game’s motto while sharing her support."

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