Mum’s the word. For Prince Harry, who ventured thousands of miles to Botswana to procure the main center stone for Meghan Markle’s engagement ring, the secret that he was finally set to propose had to be contained.
Ahead of his proposal in early November, the fifth-in-line to the throne secured a large center stone from Botswana, a special destination for the to-be weds, as well as two diamonds that belonged to his mother, the late Princess Diana. The prince then commissioned Queen Elizabeth II’s go-to jeweler Cleave and Company Court Jewellers to customize the yellow gold piece that was revealed to the world on November 27.
According to Cleave and Company jeweler David Thomas, crafting the ring was the “biggest and hardest” secret he’s ever kept in his life. He continues to remain tight-lipped about the piece, including what Prince Harry paid to purchase the piece. “Jewelers are like doctors: we never discuss our patients,” Thomas told Hello!
Despite the global interest in the piece, Cleave and Company added this week that it will not be offering the exact design to interested parties. “We’re not going to be making replicas of it,” company director Stephen Connelly added. “If you want a ring, then we’ll design you a different one.”
The couple sat down with BBC News following Clarence House’s announcement last Monday. “It’s beautiful and he designed it,” the Suits actress noted of her ring. “I think everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of that… to not be able to meet his mom, to know that she’s a part of this with us.”
“She would be over the moon jumping up and down,” he said of his late mother. “It’s days like this I miss having her around.”