When the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, married, he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh and uncle the Duke of York who both chose not to wear the symbol of marriage.
Very few men in the monarchy have chosen to put on a wedding band – Prince Harry’s father Prince Charles wears a signet ring (on his pinky finger).
During the Giving Of The Rings part of the ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Harry and Ms Markle exchanged wedding rings, after hearing the Archbishop of Canterbury describe the jewellery as “a symbol of unending love and faithfulness” and a reminder of their vows.
Ms Markle first received her ring from Prince Harry, who said:
“Meghan, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage.
“With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
When Harry received his ring from Ms Markle, she placed the band on the fourth finger of his left hand, holding it there, before addressing him with the same words.
The dual exchange of rings is seen as pointing to the equality of the couple’s relationship.
Wedding rings worn by royal brides are traditionally made from Welsh Gold and it isn’t any different for Harry and Meghan.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding rings were created last year in the Cleave workshop (where her engagement ring was also made) from different metals.
Meghan Markle’s wedding was crafted from a piece of Welsh Gold (a gift from Queen Elizabeth II), while Prince Harry’s wedding ring is a platinum band with a textured finish.