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Prince Harry designed Meghan Markle’s engagement ring – this is how much it’s worth

MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry announced their engagement yesterday – here is everything you need to know about THAT ring.

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first appearance since announcing their engagement yesterday, all eyes were on Meghan’s left hand.

The nation got its first glimpse of the engagement ring as the happy couple appeared in Kensington Palace gardens.

Finally able to wear the rock in public after getting engaged at the couple's Nottingham Cottage earlier this month, the Suits actress showed off the three-stone sparkler as she beamed at the cameras.

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THE RING: All eyes were on Meghan’s left hand as she appeared with Prince Harry

Prince Harry designed the diamond ring, which features one stone from Botswana, where he and Meghan recently holidayed, and two diamonds from Diana’s personal collection.

The ring was made by Cleave and Company, Court Jewellers and Medallists to Her Majesty The Queen.

Jewellery expert Sophie Lomax, head of design at 77Diamonds.com, believes a ring like this would be worth around £50,000.

However, with the use of the late Princess Diana’s diamonds it is of inestimable worth.

“A ring of this size and quality would generally start at around £50,000”

Sophie Lomax, head of design at 77Diamonds.com

She said: ““Prince Harry has chosen a a trilogy ring. He is said to have designed the ring and incorporated some of his mother Princess Diana’s diamonds in it, making it a jewel of inestimable value.

“With two round diamonds supporting what looks like a 2.5 carat cushion cut diamond, the stones are set in white gold with the main band of the ring in yellow gold.

"A ring of this size and quality would generally start at around £50,000.”

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BLINDING: The ring contains two of Diana’s diamonds

The last royal engagement that came with a trilogy engagement ring was Sophie Wessex in 1999 to Prince Edward, which features a round centre stone and heart shape side stones.

In aristocratic families it is common to reset family stones and mould them into something new.

Interestingly Prince William chose to keep Princess Diana’s engagement ring intact when he proposed to Kate Middleton.

But what many don’t know is that Meghan could have been in the running for the giant Sapphire ring.

Prince Harry actually gave up his mum’s engagement ring to his brother, Prince William, so he could propose to Kate back in 2010.

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ROYAL BLUE: Prince William prosed with Diana’s engagement ring back in 2010

A source close to the royals told the Daily Star: “After Diana died, the boys both chose a keepsake from Kensington Palace when they moved to Charles’ rooms in St James’s Palace.

“William picked his mum’s Cartier watch, and Harry picked her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

“But they had an agreement that whoever got engaged first would have Diana’s ring – and of course that was William and Kate."

In an interview Meghan revealed Prince Harry popped the question at their home while they were “roasting a chicken”.

"It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got down on one knee," said Meghan. "As a matter of fact, I could barely let you finish proposing. I said, 'Can I say yes now?'"

Harry said: ”There was hugs and I had the ring in my finger. I was like, 'Can I give you the ring?' She goes, 'Oh, yes! The ring!’”

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HAPPY: The loved-up couple looked overjoyed as they beamed in front of the cameras

In a nod to her previous home of Toronto, Meghan wore a white will coat by Canadian brand Line The Label as the newly-engaged couple answered questions about their engagement.

Meghan teamed the flattering coat with a £437 dark green dress by Parosh and £369 pointed nude heels by Aquazzura.

But what will the Suits actress wear on her wedding day in Spring 2018?

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BLUSHING BRIDES: Meghan Markle is likely to have the same wedding dress designer as Kate

Betting giant Betfair has predicted that Meghan will follow in Kate Middleton’s footsteps by opting for an Alexander McQueen wedding gown.

Canadian designer Mikhael Kale is next in the running, followed by Burberry and Emilia Wickstead.

But while Kate opted for a very traditional wedding dress, it is suspected Meghan will go for something with more of a Hollywood twist.

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