Every now and again we like to look back at photos from Harry and Meghan‘s October tour, just because. It was a beautiful time, the two of them making appearances in Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji, managing to look both professional and very much in love. At the time they had just announced Meghan’s pregnancy, so that explained the glow. But during a state dinner in Fiji, there was another reason why she was shining bright like a diamond: actual diamonds.
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“All over the world Fiji is renowned for its incredible natural beauty and hospitality. We, as a couple, feel very lucky to be spending part of our tour as your guests.” — swipe to watch The Duke of Sussex speaking at tonight’s State Dinner, which was hosted by the President of Fiji for The Duke and Duchess. #RoyalVisitFiji #Fiji #Suva
Once you get past that stunner of a blue dress — the Ginkgo Cape Dress from Safiyaa that runs for £1,095 ($1,900) — you’ll notice the earrings sparkling in the distance. But have a closer look.
Gorgeous, non? At the time of the dinner details of Meghan’s earrings were unknown, and the only official word on them to come out of Kensington Palace was that they were “borrowed.” Now, more details are in and those earrings are much more spectacular than we thought.
The earrings are reportedly from Butani, a Hong Kong-based company that is known for their lavish, high-end pieces. And according to an expert, Megs’ big, bold chandelier earrings with diamond-encrusted yellow stones were not only extravagant but extravagantly priced too.
“[Meghan] chose to wear an absolutely stand out pair of chandelier style diamond drop earrings in three strands set with white and yellow coloured diamonds,” Deborah Papas, gemologist from Prestige Pawnbreakers of the U.K. show Posh Pawn, told the Daily Mail. “Most are round but some are pear-shaped to give the stepped drop effect and all set in white gold. These drops appear very heavy almost pulling down the lobe but sparkle beautifully even with the slightest turn of the head. Truly stunning.”
As for the cost? “They could easily be worth £500,000 or more.”
In Canadian dollars, that’s just under $870,000. Add in the tax and we’re nearing the million-dollar mark. But Meghan’s jewellery choice made sense:
“For grand events like state banquets and formal dinners, royalty usually wear more lavish, priceless jewellery,” etiquette expert William Hanson told the Mail. “For less showy daytime events the ‘bling’ is often toned down to something more subtle and discrete, with the exception of any engagement or wedding rings.”
He added, though, that it was basically a lose-lose for Meghan. “Royal women do have it very difficult — we all want them to look like royalty but if they wear anything too over the top or expensive they are criticized for being out of touch. They can’t win.”
Megs was damned if she did and damned if she didn’t. If she wore simple studs, people would’ve chastised her for being a big, dull bore. And her final choice was always going to cause an uproar, just for the price tag alone. But, hey, if they were borrowed like KP originally stated, then it didn’t cost her a damn thing.
So let’s all just take it all in once more. And the next time she borrows another extraordinary piece, we’ll be loving that up too. The blingier, the better.