Meghan Markle loves to wear a ring. From Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring she wore as she dashed off to her wedding reception, to the stacked Pippa Small gold and diamond ring she wore to Princess Eugenie’s wedding, she’s certainly not short of options to adorn her fingers with.
However, eagle-eyed royal watchers spotted Meghan out and about last week without her engagement ring on, prompting calls of “How dare she?!” “What is she doing?!” and “What an insult!” But if you were one of those outraged by her slipping off her engagement ring, please rest assured she had good reason.
The most accepted theory about why Meghan Markle attended her engagement at Canada House with Prince Harry without her ring is that her fingers have swollen due to pregnancy, and so she’s taking a break from wearing it. She did however wear her gold wedding band, which was made from Welsh gold by Cleave and Company.
Some others speculated the diamond engagement ring, which features gems from Princess Diana’s collection, was being cleaned.
Interestingly, protocol dictates that royals don’t have to wear wedding rings at all. Prince William, for example, doesn’t wear one at all, nor does Prince Phillip. It’s all down to personal preference, and royals can choose whether to wear a ring or not; Prince Charles and Harry both wear wedding bands.
But Meghan Markle isn’t the only expectant mother to forgo wearing jewelry or tight shoes due to swelling. Here are some other strange things the body does when pregnant:
- Your voice can get lower as more estrogen and progesterone are created, which affects lung capacity and muscle control. This can result in swelling of the vocal chords.
- Hair starts growing all over your body, including the face, chest, and arms.
- Bad breath is common among some pregnant women as hormones changes contribute to excess bacteria in the mouth.
- You can get really sweaty. Just another joyous side effect thought to be caused by increased blood flow and metabolism.
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