Meghan Markle has been the centre of media attention at public events since she married into the Royal Family.

The former-actress enchanted the public and the prince.

She is yet to make an appearance at a state occasion in the UK – so what jewellery might she wear on the occasions.

Ailsa Russell Appraiser Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn gave his expert opinion.

Meghan Markle news: Princess Diana jewellery she will wear for first state occasion

He said: “Princess Diana allegedly left all of her jewellery to her sons, stating that her wish was for their wives to wear.

“The collection of the late Princess of Wales heavily featured blue stones and pearls, as both Meghan and Kate have also shown a fondness for stones such as blue sapphires and aquamarines hopefully much of the beautiful collection will continue to be worn.

“The Saudi Sapphire suite, a wedding present to Diana from the then Saudi Crown Prince, would be a beautiful choice for a state occasion for both women.”

These gems were made by Asprey, and the sapphire pendant in the middle is a huge stone from Burma.

The stone hangs from a thin diamond string.

Also included in the suite was a matching pair of earrings, a bracelet, a watch and a ring.

Ingenious, the royal made a choker from some elements of the set that she didn’t wear.

Diana had the stone from the ring but in the watch face, and wore the new piece at a choker. The choker could also be worn as a headband.

Princess Diana first wore the set in 1981 to the National Film Institute Dinner.

Diana was a big fan of sapphires, and also often wore the huge Saudi sapphire choker.

Meghan Markle’s Princess Diana jewellery is worth over half a million pounds, according to the expert. 

The Duchess of Sussex has the aquamarine diamond ring from Prince Harry’s mother’s private collection.

She also has worn the gold cuff bracelet with set with cabochon sapphires and diamonds and gold butterfly earrings.

Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile

Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.

Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.


Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.

She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.

Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.

She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.

Charity and humanitarian work

Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.

She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.

And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.


In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.

But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.

She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.

And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.

Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.

They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Meghan’s heritage

Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.

Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.

But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.

She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.

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