Meghan Markle’s going to the chapel and she’s gonna get married. But before her May nuptials, the 36-year-old had to be baptized because said chapel is Church of England’s 14-century-built St. George’s Chapel, which rests on the sprawling grounds at Windsor Castle in England.
Last week, word spread quickly that Markle had been baptized in an intimate service by the Archbishop of Canterbury, which converted her from Episcopalian, her childhood religion, to the Church of England. The 45-minute ceremony was said to have taken place in the Royal Chapel at St. James’ Palace in London where a small group of future family, including Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, gathered to watch.
It seems that there’s some truth to the rumour because the soon-to-be princess has since been spotted wearing two delicate diamond bracelets, one of which has a cross on it. The first bracelet is a simple horizontal diamond bar from Canadian jewellers Maison Birks with a price tag of $925, but the other, which she wore layered on the same wrist, has a long diamond-encrusted cross that spans the width of her wrist. Many are speculating this could be a baptism gift that was given post ceremony, which is common practice for this type of religious event.
There’s no word on who the new piece of jewellery is from (probably Harry) or where it’s from (it certainly looks like a bespoke piece by Birks, given its similar aesthetic to the bar bracelet), but hawkeyed fans immediately spotted the new accessory on the former Suits star while she and Harry paid a visit to Birmingham last week, one of many stops on their pre-wedding tour of the UK.
Markle’s baptism wasn’t a prenuptial requirement, however; she was baptized and confirmed out of respect to Queen Elizabeth II, who is head of the Church of England. Future sis-in-law Kate Middleton did the same thing before wedding William in 2011.
Despite Markle’s cross bracelet being custom designed, and therefore unavailable to the rest of the world, there are loads of other jewellers selling similar designs, so if you desperately need to channel your inner royalty with a cross bracelet, consider something like this or this instead.