Prince William doesn't wear a wedding band -- will Prince Harry when he marries Meghan Markle?


Several male members of the royal family don't wear wedding bands. But they're not marrying Meghan Markle.

Eight years ago when Prince William tied the knot, his bride Kate Middleton didn't leave the ceremony wearing just her sapphire and diamond engagement ring: She was also sporting a thin gold wedding band, as is customary in most weddings. As for William? His hand is bare.

Wills followed the lead of his grandfather, Prince Philip, who doesn't wear a wedding ring despite his despite his 71-year marriage to Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen, like Duchess Kate, wears a slim gold band in addition to her engagement diamond.

However, Harry and William's father, Prince Charles, does in fact wear a wedding band in recognition of his marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles. Instead of wearing it on his fourth finger, it's on the pinky finger of his left hand.

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So, what was Prince Harry's decision? According to reports, he's chosen to walk in his dad's footsteps: Harry will wear a wedding band after making it official with Meghan.

Both his and her bands will almost certainly be made with welsh gold in accordance with royal tradition.

While thin gold wedding bands are hard to differentiate from each other, Meghan's engagement ring is a different story -- it's a totally different style than Kate's. The sapphire and white gold ring William gave to Kate is the same one that Prince Charles gave to Diana in 1981, creating a timeless, classic look. But Meghan's is a brand new, modern design, which seems quite fitting given all the deviations from British tradition that her wedding will represent.