Meghan Markle became engaged to Prince Harry in 2017 after dating for just over a year. The Duchess of Sussex’s engagement ring pulls 20,000 searches per month, eight times more than the average monthly searches for all royal rings. The six-carat, cushion-cut sparkler, designed by Prince Harry himself costs an estimated £100,000.
It features a centre diamond from Botswana and two smaller diamonds from Princess Diana’s own collection.
The research, by creative resource Design Bundles, analysed 25 of the most popular royal engagement rings to discover the 10 most searched in the world.
They said: “Royal engagement rings represent some of the rarest and most desirable pieces of jewellery ever seen.
“With few financial limits and a wealth of dazzlingly expensive precious gems passed down through the centuries, the Royal Family can enjoy what is definitively the finest, most enviable, and most unattainable collection of engagement rings in the world.
“From The Queen’s glittering ring, with its three-carat diamond plucked from the tiara of Princess Alice of Battenburg to Princess Diana (and now Kate Middleton’s) iconic sapphire sparkler, each piece is more unique and extraordinary than the next.
“However, the fact that Meghan Markle’s stunning trilogy engagement ring dominates over every other royal ring, even beating Princess Diana’s iconic Ceylon sapphire and diamond halo ring, which Prince William famously gave to Kate Middleton, is hugely revealing of the public’s fascination with her and every element of her style.
“The Duchess of Sussex brought an entirely fresh approach to royalty, integrating the diversity of her experiences, her overseas education, and her refusal to stay silent on key issues into centuries-long, royal traditions, and her engagement ring reflects this.
“The six-carat, cushion-cut creation is a compelling mixture of new and old, which perfectly reflects the Duchess’s position within the Royal Family, with her and Prince Harry’s desire to ‘carve out a progressive role’ within the ancient institution.
“The ethically sourced, sparkling centre diamond is new, bought especially by Prince Harry for Meghan, while the side diamonds formerly belonged to Prince Harry’s beloved mother, Princess Diana, who, despite her untimely death aged 36, remains a central part of the Royal Family, and will exist forever as such in the public imagination.”
The movie-star turned Princess’s ring, given to her by Prince Rainier of Monaco, was a 10-carat, emerald-cut diamond from Cartier, worth nearly £3million.
Princess Margaret’s engagement ring is also one of the world’s most Googled, pulling in 3,400 monthly searches, well above the average searches for royal rings.
The sumptuous ruby trilogy ring surrounded by smaller diamonds was designed by her future husband Anthony Armstrong-Jones to resemble a rosebud after Margaret’s middle name, Rose.
Queen Elizabeth’s engagement ring, given to her by Prince Philip in 1947, is also high on the list, with 2,600 searches a month.
The three-carat, round solitaire, set in platinum and featuring five diamonds on each shoulder, was crafted from a tiara owned by Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenburg and is valued at an estimated £100,000.
Princess Eugenie owns the sixth most Googled royal engagement ring, just beating her sister Beatrice’s.
The luscious, peach-coloured Padparadscha sapphire surrounded by a ring of diamonds, rakes in 1,600 searches a month.
Princess Beatrice’s ring, a stunning 3.5-carat diamond, flanked by two smaller diamonds, pulls in 1,500 a month.