Meghan Markle sported a staggering $384,000 worth of jewelry while posing for the cover of Time’s most influential people issue alongside her husband Prince Harry – including a new $525 diamond pinky ring meant to represent female empowerment.
The 39-year-old showed off an impressive collection of pricey bling on the very glossy, airbrushed cover of the publication – which names both her and Harry, 37, among the 100 most influential people in the world for 2021.
Among the luxury jewelry collection are several of Meghan’s favorite pieces – including a $23,000 gold Cartier Tank watch that once belonged to Princess Diana and was gifted to her by her husband in the early years of their relationship, which she paired with a $6,900 Cartier Love bangle.
Here, FEMAIL reveals all of the jewelry in Meghan’s very pricey line-up – and the meaning and history of each very valuable piece.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle posed for their first-ever magazine cover together to mark their inclusion in Time’s 100 most influential people list
Bling thing: Meghan, 39, sported a staggering $384,000 worth of jewelry on the cover – including several of her favorite pricey pieces, as well as new pinky rings from a NY brand
THE $525 ‘PINKY PROMISE’ RING MEANT TO SYMBOLIZE FEMALE EMPOWERMENT
While several of the jewels in Meghan’s Time cover collection have been pictured on a number of occasions in the past, she also added a never-before-seen pieces to her accessories line-up: two $525 diamond pinky rings from New York-based brand Shiffon, which are meant to ‘represent one woman supporting another through a pinky promise’.
The dainty Duet Pinky Ring features two diamonds of differing sizes on the end of the spiral design, which are meant to symbolize two women coming together.
Meghan may well have taken inspiration from the brand’s other celebrity fans – which include her close friends Michelle Obama and Serena Williams, as well as actress Nicole Kidman, all of whom have been spotted wearing the ring in the past.
On its website, Shiffon – which was founded by Harvard graduate Shilpa Yarlagadda while she was still a college student – states that its ‘mission is to close the gender pay gap… fuel a movement for female entrepreneurs to receive equal access to startup capital’.
‘A world in which women succeed is a world in which everyone succeeds,’ its online mission statement continues – with the brand founder pledging 50 per cent of the profits from sales of the Duet Pinky Ring will go towards funding female entrepreneurs through grants.
The brand also claims to use only recycled metals, ethically-sourced stones, and sustainable, ‘repurposable’ packaging – a nod to Meghan’s eco-friendly beliefs, which were called into question in 2019 after she and Harry were revealed to have taken multiple trips aboard gas-guzzling private jets.
However, when it comes to reusing and recycling her jewelry, Meghan is for the most part very consistent – having modeled several of the other pieces captured in her cover shoot on numerous occasions in the past.
Dazzling: The mother-of-two is known to favor chunky jewelry stacks – despite members of the royal family typically preferring to keep their everyday accessories to a bare minimum
Meaningful: Among the jewelry she sported were two $525 diamond Duet Pinky Rings, from New York-based brand Shiffon, which are meant to represent female empowerment
THE $350,000 ENGAGEMENT RING MEGHAN RE-DESIGNED AFTER HER PROPOSAL FROM PRINCE HARRY
Next to her pinky rings, Meghan sported her $350,000 engagement ring, which was originally designed by Prince Harry and court jewelers Cleave and Company using one stone from Botswana and two smaller stones from Diana’s collection.
Harry proposed to Meghan in November 2017 with the glittering ring comprising of a solid yellow gold band – however in 2019, images revealed that the design had been changed in order to incorporate a thinner band that was set with several pave diamonds all around it.
Shortly after their engagement, Prince Harry spoke out about the design process behind the ring, explaining that he had chosen each element in order to ensure that it fit his future bride’s tastes perfectly.
‘The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s [Meghan’s] favourite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewellery collection, to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together,’ he said.
Meghan called it ‘incredible’, explaining: ‘Everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Princess Diana’s stones] and obviously not being able to meet his mum, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us.’
‘It’s incredibly special to be able to have this [ring], which sort of links where you come form and Botswana, which is important to us. It’s perfect.’
PRINCESS DIANA’S $23,000 GOLD CARTIER TANK FRANCAISE WATCH
On her left wrist, the former actress wears three of her favorite accessories – including the stunning gold Cartier Tank Française watch that belonged to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana.
She also wore a $23,000 gold Cartier Tank Française watch that once belonged to Princess Diana and is thought to have been gifted to her by Prince Harry
The classic timepiece was thought to have been worth $23,000 when it was owned by Diana, however it is likely worth much more now, particularly given its history.
The elegant timepiece was worn by Diana at a number of occasions, including a 1997 visit to London’s Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple and an engagement at the British Lung Foundation that same year.
It is understood that the watch was gifted to Meghan by Harry – however her love of the Tank timepiece style extends back to long before she met her husband.
In 2015, she splurged on her own two-tone version of the design to celebrate Suits being picked up for a third season, telling Hello Magazine at the time: ‘I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch.
‘When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season—which, at the time, felt like such a milestone—I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version.
‘I had it engraved on the back, “To M.M. From M.M.” and I plan to give it to my daughter one day. That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.’
A SYMBOL OF LOVE: $6,900 GOLD CARTIER LOVE BANGLE
Meghan has always been known to favor more conspicuous jewelry stacks, while members of the royal family typically prefer to keep their accessories to a bare minimum, and her choice of bling for the Time cover was no different.
Alongside the Cartier watch, the mother-of-two stacked a $6,900 Cartier Love bracelet – a design that she has worn many times in the past, and which is also thought to have been a gift from Prince Harry in the early days of their romance.
Symbol: Among her other old favorites were a gold $6,900 Cartier Love bracelet, which is also thought to have been a gift from Prince Harry in the early days of their romance
Chic and simple: She also sported a $3,000 gold tennis bracelet from designer Jennifer Meyer – who describes the piece as a ‘true staple’
The oval Cartier band is made of two C-shaped halves screwed together and the only way to remove it is with a screwdriver, like the 18-carat one supplied – a feature said to be inspired by medieval chastity belts.
The Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson each had earlier versions of the Cartier Love Bracelet as well.
‘A CHIC COMPLEMENT TO EVERYDAY STYLE’: $3,000 MINI TENNIS BRACELET FROM JENNIFER MEYER
She then added a more dainty $3,000 mini gold tennis bracelet designed by Jennifer Meyer, estranged wife of actor Tobey Maguire. On her website, the jewelry designer describes the bracelet as ‘chic complement to everyday style’ and ‘a true staple.’
A CUSTOM PIECE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST: PINKY RING DESIGNED BY LORRAINE SCHWARTZ
Unique: On her right hand, Meghan wore what is believed to be a custom-made pinky ring that was reportedly designed by jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, according to Page Six
While Meghan’s left hand and wrist bore the brunt of the weighty bling, she also added a single dazzling piece to her right pinky finger in the form of a custom-made ring that was reportedly designed for her using a diamond that she and Harry received from the Middle East, according to Page Six.
The Duchess of Sussex was first seen sporting the large pinky ring in another Time photo shoot released in October 2020 to announce that she and Harry would be hosting an episode of the TIME100 Talks.
At the time, royal fans speculated that the pink ring was in fact an aquamarine design that once belonged to Princess Diana – who was seen wearing it on several occasions, including a private viewing and reception at Christies in aid of the Aid Crisis Trust in 1997.
However, Page Six later reported that the piece was actually a custom-designed ring created by jeweler Lorraine Schwartz – with the publication claiming that the designer also made a pair of earrings from the same collection of diamonds that were given to Harry and Meghan.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s contrasting black and white outfits on Time 100 cover signal their ‘influencer status’ while the coordinating green ensembles represent ‘peace and growth,’ stylist reveals
- Meghan Markle, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, are cover stars on Time Magazine
- Duchess wore all-white ensemble while duke contrasted in head-to-toe black
- Another image shows the couple in green which royal expert claims could represent ‘peace, growth and balance’
BY CHLOE MORGAN FOR MAILONLINE
Meghan Markle looked the picture of elegance in an all-white ensemble while husband Prince Harry provided the perfect contrast in head-to-toe black as they posed on the cover of Time magazine.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who made it in the publication’s 2021 list of the 100 most influential people on the planet, put on a stylish display as they posed on a terrace at their $14.65million mansion, having been styled by celebrity stylists Clare and Nina Hallwroth, who have recently dressed Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston,
Another photograph shows the royal couple in matching grey and green office-style clothes next to a window in pictures taken by Serbian Pari Dukovic (pictured)
The mother-of-two opted for a collared white shirt and tailored trousers, with Prince Harry resting on her shoulder behind donning a black shirt and coordinating trousers.
Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, fashion stylish Rochelle White commented: ‘The contrast of black and white fashion is seen and perceived as a signal of humility. It is a timeless colour palette and has been a staple in fashion.’
‘Meghan and Harry appear to be showing their influencer status by wearing this and contrasting with each other. It also shows that they are in sync and are with each other in love and support.’
She continued: ‘Their choices are saying a lot without saying anything. I feel that all of this is a symbol of their growth and evolvement over the past few years and their fashion is saying it without them having to.’
In another image, they can be seen in green smiling at each other and holding hands while walking through their estate in Montecito, California.
A further photograph shows the royal couple in matching grey and green office-style clothes next to a window in pictures taken by Serbian Pari Dukovic.
While Meghan, who wore her hair tied back in a loose ponytail, put on a casual display as she walked along with her hand in the pocket of her grey tailored trousers, which were paired with a green rollneck and moss-coloured coat.
Meanwhile, the duke opted for a coordinating outfit to complement his wife which featured a crisp white shirt, smart trousers and a tailored blazer.
And according to Rochelle, not only is the Autumnal colour palette of green shades seen as ‘chic,’ it is also ‘versatile and could mean peace, growth and balance.’
She added: ‘Since leave the UK and living in the US, this is what Meghan and Harry have gained. I think this is a show of how they have evolved and grown.’