Whenever a royal announces an engagement, we’re always interested to have a good snoop at the ring. What shape will it be? What colour? And, let’s be honest, we want to ogle at how big the rock is. Now, new research has revealed who has the most popular royal engagement ring, and it’s not the Queen, Princess Diana or Kate Middleton, as you might expect.
It turns out the most Googled royal engagement ring belongs to Meghan Markle. According to research by creative resource Design Bundles, the Duchess of Sussex’s ring gets 20,000 average searches per month.
Meghan’s ring was designed by Prince Harry himself and cost an estimated £100,000. The six-carat sparkler features a central diamond from Botswana and two smaller diamonds from Princess Diana’s own collection.
The Duchess of Cambridge‘s engagement ring is the second most popular. Kate was given a 12-carat oval blue sapphire with a halo of diamonds, which famously belonged to Prince William’s late mother, Princess Diana. The ring pulls in around 8,200 searches a month.
So who else joined the Duchesses on the list?
Top 10 most Googled royal engagement rings
1. Meghan Markle (20,000 searches)
2. Kate Middleton (8,200 searches)
3. Grace Kelly (3,900 searches)
The film star became a royal when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco. The ring was worth nearly £3 million and featured a 10-carat, emerald-cut diamond from Cartier.
4. Princess Margaret (3,400 searches)
Princess Margaret’s ruby trilogy ring was designed by her husband Anthony Armstrong-Jones to resemble a rosebud in reference to Margaret’s middle name, Rose.
5. Queen Elizabeth (2,600 searches)
Prince Philip gave the Queen a three-carat round solitaire set in platinum, which featured five diamonds on each shoulder. The ring was crafted from a tiara owned by Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenburg, and is valued at an estimated £100,000.
6. Princess Eugenie (1,600 searches)
Princess Eugenie owns a peach-coloured Padparadscha sapphire, surrounded by a ring of diamonds.
7. Princess Beatrice (1,500 searches)
Princess Beatrice’s ring includes a 3.5 carat diamond, flanked by two smaller diamonds.
8. The Queen Mother (900 searches)
The Queen Mother’s engagement ring was originally presented with a traditional sapphire and diamond ring by King George VI, Her Majesty’s father. However, the ring was swapped for a large pearl surrounded by diamonds later.
9. Camilla Parker Bowles (800 searches)
The Duchess of Cornwall wears a five-carat, emerald cut diamond with baguettes on the side.
10. Princess Anne (500 searches)
Princess Anne has been presented with two engagement rings in her lifetime – one by her first husband Mark Philipps, and another by her second husband Timothy Laurence. The former was a trilogy sapphire ring flanked with two diamonds on the side. The latter is a cabochon sapphire, set with a trio of diamonds on either side.