AceShowbiz - Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are currently in southern Africa for their royal engagement, making the first tour the new parents do along with their baby Archie. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made appearance in several places including Cape Town and Monwabisi Beach, but one thing that caught people's attention was that Meghan appeared to ditch her engagement ring during the outing.
Instead of the iconic diamond jewelry, which valued at around $295,000, given to her by her husband, Meghan wore a small ring with a turquoise stone. Joining the thin ring was her Welsh gold wedding band which she got from Queen Elizabeth II.
As for the reason why she swapped her ring, an insider claimed to Hello! that the former "Suits" actress was trying to be "lowkey" while meeting and greeting with the public of Africa.
Royal expert and writer Daniela Elser further explained that "Meghan's choice to forgo this expensive item reflects the inherent tension in being a member of the royal family." She added, "That is, you might be a member of an obscenely rich clan, but you are never meant to flaunt that wealth. Appearing humble is a key job requirement for any working royal, even though you live in a castle and your family has a vault stuffed with priceless jewels."
"The very fact Meghan was adroit enough to realize that and quietly left her rock elsewhere, I think, is a powerful signal," continued Elser. "Firstly, of just how conscious she is about making others comfortable, secondly, that she is sensationally savvy image-wise and third, that she is more than happy to rewrite the rule book."
Meghan and Harry will be in the continent for 10 days and are scheduled to stop in Botswana, Angola and Malawi with a focus on wildlife protection, mental health and mine clearance.