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When I was younger, my mom told me that perhaps it might be wise for me to start wearing an evil eye necklace. “What are you talking about, mom?,” I scoffed, and likely rolled my eyes the way that teenagers do. Turns out that she — backed by thousands of years of folklore, history and superstition — may have been onto something. Leave it to Meghan Markle to open up my eyes.

The Duchess has now been seen wearing “evil eye amulets” twice. On a December 18th visit to Royal Variety Charity’s Brinsworth House, Markle was spotted wearing a Hamsa ring by Kismet, featuring a sapphire eye to perfectly complement her royally approved Ballet Slippers manicure.

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And most recently on her January 10th visit to Smart Works, Markle was spotted wearing not one, not two, but three evil eyes dangling from her royal earlobe.

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So, just what exactly is the “evil eye” and why does the Duchess keep insisting on wearing it as jewellery? Well, the history of the evil eye is rich and varied. In some traditions, evil eye is when someone looks at you maliciously or with jealousy, intending to cause harm simply through a stare.

In ancient Greece and Rome, it was often thought that you could give yourself the evil eye by being praised or admired by others beyond what you actually deserved — too much pride resulting in your own doom or downfall. In Hindu culture, some believe jealousy and envious thoughts can cause evil eye. Others suppose that getting too much attention, good or bad, can result in one’s own misfortune.

In other words, Meghan just wants to avoid this diagram, guys.

Luckily for the Duchess, protection is available — and that protection comes in the form of an evil eye talisman, like the one on her finger and the few hanging from her ears. Many believe that these talismans “reflect” the power of the evil eye back to the evil eye giver. To be fair, if anyone were to wear evil eye earrings, it should very well be 2018’s number one most Googled person in the UK. Plus, Markle’s sister Samantha alone has cast Megs enough evil eyes to last three lifetimes.

So, what is it that Meghan is trying to tell us with her jewellery? It’s that she’s more than ready to ward off your bad thoughts, jealousy, admiration and whatever else might send harm her way. She won’t take any of this laying down; she’s got earrings and rings and bracelets to protect her from your malevolent eye cursing, thank you very much.

Or maybe she just likes the way they look.