Prince William and Prince Harry’s Royal weddings became two of the most celebrated events of the past century, all around the world. And for good reason! Fans of the family have not witnessed a Royal wedding since Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding in 1981. This continued for three decades, until 2011, when Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot.
Almost a decade later, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said “I do” in 2018. After Meghan and Harry’s ceremony, people started comparing the Royal weddings. Now, some think that Harry and Meghan’s wedding might have been the moment the two of them started to chart their own course. As Harry and Meghan leave for Canada, and William and Kate stay behind in England, let’s see who had the better wedding and why Meghan and Harry left the Royal Family…
1. The Two Engagement Rings
Let’s start with the rings! The sapphire engagement ring Prince William gave to his now-wife, Kate Middleton, has deep personal meaning for him (seen on the left, below). You see, it previously belonged to his mother, Princess Diana. In fact, it was her engagement ring! The ring features a 12-carat oval blue sapphire, cut into faces, surrounded by solitaire diamonds. Back in 1981, the ring cost $37,000, though it’s now valued at nearly $400,000!
Unfortuley, with Diana’s ring already gone to Kate, Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle with a custom ring that shared many features of his mother’s (seen on the right, above). It features a white gold band made of Welsh Gold, two diamonds from Princess Diana’s jewelry collection, and a center stone from Botswana, where the couple fell in love. According to jewelry and diamond experts, the engagement ring has an estimated worth of $350,000.