From the history behind the black dress she wore to touch down in Cape Town for the start of the royal tour to the significance of the outfit she wore to meet Nelson Mandela's widow in Johannesburg, there's nothing that Meghan Markle wears that isn't carefully thought out.
Each and every outfit that the royals step out in (Kate Middleton, too!) are selected far in advance. Specifically, for a royal tour like the Sussexes' most recent 10-day trip to Africa, every outfit comes down to meticulous planning months before with the help of a team back in the UK. Many times, royal stylists take into account where an engagement will take place and consequently select a designer from the country where Meghan or Kate is visiting to show respect.
But it's possible that even Meghan's jewelry choices could have a deeper meaning, as well!
For the second to last day of the royal tour, the Duchess of Sussex stepped out for a roundtable discussion on gender inequality hosted by ActionAid, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty and injustice around the world. However, while the mom-of-one looked gorgeous in an olive green shirtdress by brand Room 502, it was her gold bracelet that caught the attention of royal fans: a dainty evil eye bracelet designed by Alemdara.
The bracelet's appearance seems to have come at a particularly fitting time. Just hours after Markle's engagement, Prince Harry released a particularly stern statement against the "relentless propaganda" of the British tabloids in defense of his wife. The couple announced they are taking legal action against Associated Newspapers for circulating "false and malicious information" on Meghan.
The timing of Meghan's bracelet and Prince Harry's rare statement have left many fans convinced that her choice in jewelry is of no coincidence: Instead, many speculate, it was Meghan's subtle way of fighting back. According to Alemdara, the brand behind Meghan's jewelry, the symbol "has been used for centuries as protection against negative will."
"The eye is said to work by reflecting the evil back to where it came from, shielding its owner from any envious feelings. The eye will continually stare at the world around you to ward off evil and keep the owner safe from harm," it explains.
Shop our favorite bracelets inspired by Meghan's below!