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All eyes were on Meghan Markle in 2018 when she said “I Do” to Prince Harry in a gorgeous royal ceremony! Quite incredibly, it was the first time that an American woman became a member of the British royal family. Despite being one of the most talked about couples in recent history, the famous Prince and his bride are refreshingly down to earth and are successfully ushering the royal family into in a new era. Take a look at Meghan Marke’s engagement ring, learn more about their celebrated love story, and discover ring styles from the Victor Barboné collection match the that of the newly minted Duchess of Sussex.

The Surprising Love Story

Meghan Markle was an American actress who starred on the popular cable television program “Suits.” A friend set Meghan up on a blind date with Prince Harry, and sparks flew instantly between the two. They met again for drinks in 2016 and both knew their connection was deeper than a mere flirtation. A few weeks later, the prince persuaded the beautiful actress to join him for a getaway in the African country of Botswana. There, they camped under the stars and fell in love.

The Intimate Proposal

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Despite living in the public eye, Prince Harry’s proposal to Meghan was incredibly intimate and romantic. The couple was roasting a chicken at the couple's Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace when the royal heartthrob got down on one knee in the kitchen and asked for his beloved’s hand in marriage. Meghan reportedly said “yes” instantly and barely let him finish with the proposal before accepting.

The Sentimental Engagement Ring

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Meghan Markle’s engagement ring is truly gorgeous and sentimental. Designed by Prince Harry with help from British jeweler Cleave & Co, it features three cushion-cut diamonds set upon a yellow gold band. The sparkling 3-carat center stone is from Botswana and is meant to symbolize their romantic and life-changing trip to the country early in their courtship. The two side stones were gifted to the prince by his beloved mother, Princess Diana.

The Royal Wedding

In May of 2018, the couple exchanged vows in front of the entire world. Their highly publicized wedding took place at St. George’s Cathedral at Windsor Castle. The bride wore a surprisingly simple long-sleeved gown designed by the famous fashion house Givenchy. Quite appropriately, in her hair she wore a diamond tiara that was originally made for Queen Mary in 1932, which was lent to Meghan by Harry’s grandmother Elizabeth II.

The Famous Couple

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The couple’s relationship has been controversial from the start, partly due to Meghan’s nationality and background. Prince Harry, however, has made it clear that this is of no importance to him when it comes to their marriage. The reigning Queen was even reportedly delighted by Meghan and fully supported their marriage. The two have engaged in various humanitarian projects and have been spokespeople for the underprivileged. Clearly in love, this down-to-earth royal couple is changing the way people look at the Royal Family!

Similar Engagement Rings From Victor Barboné

A humanitarian and philanthropist, Meghan Markle is as much a role model as she is a style icon. Whether you admire her charitable work or simply want to feel like a Princess on your own wedding day, you can find gorgeous three-stone diamond engagement rings in the Victor Barboné collection! Here are just a few: