Why everyone is talking about Meghan Markle's evil eye bracelet

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.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to "Justice desk", an NGO in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, as they begin their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in South Africa on September 23, launching their first official family visit in the coastal city of Cape Town. The 10-day trip began with an education workshop in Nyanga, a township crippled by gang violence and crime that sits on the outskirts of the city. (Photo by DAVID HARRISON / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID HARRISON/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex smile as they visit a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, during their royal tour of South Africa on September 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Justice Desk initiative teaches children about their rights and provides self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
A boy offers a gift to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they arrive to visit "Justice desk", an NGO in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, as they begin their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in South Africa on September 23, launching their first official family visit in the coastal city of Cape Town. The 10-day trip began with an education workshop in Nyanga, a township crippled by gang violence and crime that sits on the outskirts of the city. (Photo by DAVID HARRISON / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID HARRISON/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex laugh as Jessica Dewhurst, Justice Desk Founder (R) makes a joke as they visit a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, during their royal tour of South Africa on September 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Justice Desk initiative teaches children about their rights and provides self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, on the first day of their tour of Africa. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, on the first day of their tour of Africa. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, on the first day of their tour of Africa. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Monwabisi Beach with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Monwabisi Beach with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Monwabisi Beach, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Monwabisi Beach, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Monwabisi Beach, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by TimPool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by TimPool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visits the Auwal Mosque during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by TPool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by James Whatling/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by James Whatling/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by James Whatling/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by James WhatPool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hold their baby son Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019. (Photo by HENK KRUGER / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read HENK KRUGER/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holds her baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor as they meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the African not-for-profit organisation 'mothers2mothers' during day three of the royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the African not-for-profit organisation 'mothers2mothers' during day three of the royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the African not-for-profit organisation 'mothers2mothers' during day three of the royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits mothers2mothers during her royal tour of South Africa with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. mothers2mothers (m2m) is an African not-for-profit organisation with the vision of a healthy, HIV-free Africa. The organisation trains and employs women living with HIV as frontline health workers across eight African nations. (Photo by Paul Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020. This is part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour to South Africa. on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020. This is part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour to South Africa. on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke last met with Mrs Machel during his visit to South Africa in 2015. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke last met with Mrs Machel during his visit to South Africa in 2015. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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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. 

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex joins a conversation to discuss the nature of violence against women and girls while she visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex joins a conversation to discuss the nature of violence against women and girls while she visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex joins a conversation to discuss the nature of violence against women and girls while she visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex joins a conversation to discuss the nature of violence against women and girls while she visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex joins a conversation to discuss the nature of violence against women and girls while she visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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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

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