Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot two-years-ago, on May 19, 2018. For the ceremony, the Duchess of Sussex used her choice of dress and jewellery to share a sweet hidden message to the Royal Family.
Even before the couple were married, both Meghan and Prince Harry made a nod to their relationship and the Royal Family with a custom-made engagement ring.
Prince Harry designed the ring so that it included things that were significant to them, CEO of jewellers Le Vian Eddie Le Vian explained.
He told Express.co.uk: “Prince Harry chose a trilogy engagement ring for Meghan, with a centre stone from Botswana and two diamonds on either side which came from his late mother Princess Diana’s jewellery collection.
“In this way he created a new jewel with a beautiful sense of history. The trilogy ring, otherwise known as a three stone ring, is designed to be classic, timeless and symbolic of the past, present and future within an engagement ring.
“By incorporating something from his mother, Harry not only captured part of his past to celebrate his present but also to pass part of his history to the future.”
By making a nod to their history in Botswana, Prince Harry and Meghan won the hearts of many royal fans.
“Harry’s choice of a diamond from Botswana delighted many. Botswana is the diamond industry’s biggest success story,” Eddie continued.
“Diamonds were discovered in Botswana in 1967 and today they remain the most important source of the country’s revenue. Diamonds have been instrumental in lifting the country out of poverty, enabling the government to invest in schools, roads, hospitals and fighting the transmission of HIV.
She wore a veil that was embroidered with flowers representing the countries of the Commonwealth, the California poppy and wintersweet, a flower that grows at Kensington Palace.
This played homage to the look chosen by the Queen at her own wedding in 1947.
When Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip, she wore a veil that was also embroidered with the flowers of the Commonwealth.
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.