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Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring Reportedly Caused Controversy Among Royals As They Were Upset It Wasn’t Unique

Date October 4, 2019 17:52

When it comes to royal weddings, there are things to look out for. The location of the ceremony, the wedding dress, guest list, and most importantly, the engagement ring!

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Engagement rings are a big deal, so it came as no surprise that Princess Diana’s made headlines. Unfortunately, it wasn’t for good reasons.

Princess Diana redesigned her ring

In February 1981, when Prince Charles proposed to Diana, he popped the question with a sparkling rock from the-then crown jeweler Garrard & Co.

According to reports, the 12-carat oval Sapphire ring, which was hand-picked by the princess, was surrounded by eight prongs-two in each corner.

However, years after their engagement, Diana redesigned her ring and added six more prongs.

The controversial engagement ring

While Diana’s ring was a spectacle for royal fans, the same cannot be said for some members of the royal family who didn’t like her choice.

According to reports, the royal critics were unhappy that Diana chose a ring that wasn’t considered unique by royal standards. It also wasn’t bespoke as the ring was featured in Garrard’s catalog.

Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring Reportedly Caused Controversy Among Royals As They Were Upset It Wasn’t Unique-Getty Images / Ideal Image

At the time, it was worth $60,000, and they couldn’t bear the thought that anyone who had $60,000 could purchase the same ring as the Princess of Wales.

Nevertheless, Diana loved her ring and even continued to wear it from time to time after she and Charles divorced.

Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring Reportedly Caused Controversy Among Royals As They Were Upset It Wasn’t Unique-Getty Images / Ideal Image

The ring now belongs to Kate Middleton

Prince William proposed to Kate with his mother’s ring in 2010, but it wasn’t meant to be hers initially. After Princess Diana passed away, her jewelry was shared between her sons, Harry and William.

Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring Reportedly Caused Controversy Among Royals As They Were Upset It Wasn’t Unique-Getty Images / Ideal Image

It was reported that William chose her Cartier watch while Harry chose the ring for his future wife.

However, when he heard that William wanted to prose, he gave him the heirloom, and the rest is history.

Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring Reportedly Caused Controversy Among Royals As They Were Upset It Wasn’t Unique-Getty Images / Ideal Image

It is no surprise that Diana’s ring caused so much controversy. She was never one to conform to standards, and her engagement ring wouldn’t have been an exception!