I saw an article pop up in my Twitter feed this morning about Prince Harry making Meghan Markle an engagement ring using stones from Princess Diana‘s old jewelry, and I had a huge sense of déjà vu because I could have sworn that the same article cropped up earlier this year. So I did a quick search and it turns out I was correct. This new story is a rehash of the same story from the same publication from March.
Back in March, the Daily Star wrote a story which was clearly BS, because the piece of jewelry quoted actually belongs to Queen Elizabeth and was originally Queen Mary’s, so no way QEII would let that thing get repurposed. In March, the Daily Star claimed (I’ve edited for space):
“PRINCE Harry is having Diana’s tiara remodelled to make an engagement ring for Meghan Markle. The smitten royal asked for Prince Charles’ permission to use his tragic mother’s jewelled headband. While it has been reported he will pop the question on Meghan’s birthday, we can reveal the royal is eyeing Diana’s birthday – July 1. Crown jeweller Harry Collins is said to be already at work on the gems. […]
“Harry is thought to have chosen to use the art deco emerald and diamond piece Diana wore as both a headband and a choker. The People’s Princess first wore the stunning gems with a green gown during a tour of Australia with Charles in 1988.
“Our source added: ‘Diana’s jewellery collection was left in trust for the boys and Meghan apparently loves emeralds. For Harry, like Wills before him, using his mother’s gems means the two loves of his life will forever be linked.'”
Yeah, that was utter garbage, so I guess the Daily Star decided to rework the story and try again today, three months later:
“PRINCE Harry will give Megan Markle an engagement ring made from his beloved mum’s old bracelet. A royal source told the Daily Star Sunday the huge emerald ring is ‘flashy but not ostentatious.’ Our mole claimed the piece was commissioned from royal jeweller Harry Collins. And it will take the form of a cushion set on a platinum ring. It will cost around £100,000 to make, but its link to his mother Princess Diana’s tasteful gem collection means it will be instantly priceless.
“When the Daily Star Sunday contacted Mr Collins’ shop in posh Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, an employee laughed when asked about the ring. But they did not deny they were in charge of its design.
“News of the rumoured trinket emerged as it was claimed Harry will propose to Megan at any time. He is said to be breaking the two-year royal courtship pre-engagement tradition to ensure his grandfather Prince Philip, 96, sees him getting hitched.
“Our source said: ‘The romance might feel rushed, but Harry is certain Megan is ‘the one’. It is because of his grandad’s ill-health that he has broken the usual two-year romance protocol. Harry thinks he got his ‘joker’ gene from Prince Philip, and is desperate for his grandfather to see him get married while there is still time. They are very close.’
“Our source spoke after Prince Philip spent two days in hospital last week after suffering a minor infection.
“She added: ‘Unlike his brother Wills who dated Kate for two years prior to their engagement – although they had also dated at university before briefly splitting up – Harry has just reached the year milestone. He has approached his father and grandmother for a ‘fast pass’ for the permission to go ahead and propose. Meghan and Harry are Keen to go official.’
“Harry, 32, and actress Megan, 35, began dating last summer, with their romance exclusively revealed by the Daily Star Sunday in November.”
So I guess it’s Diana’s bracelet now since the Daily Star got called out for being idiots when they claimed QEII’s choker was Diana’s. This is basically the same BS story just with the piece of Diana’s jewelry changed, a few added elements for flair, and the claim that Harry wants to rush things so Philip can be at the wedding.
Oh, BTW, the Daily Star did not exclusively reveal the Harry/Meghan relationship back in November, that was the Sunday Express in October.
I must say that rushing an engagement so that a family member can be at the wedding is a bad reason to get married.
Below Diana is wearing both the emerald choker which she wore as a headband that the first article spoke about, and the only emerald bracelet I am aware she owned.