If there’s anything that the royals are good at, it’s setting a trend. But their influence bumps up by about 5,000 per cent when there is a royal wedding involved. Remember the surge in sapphire engagement rings? Thanks, Kate. Or puffy sleeves and ridiculously long trains for wedding dresses in the '80s? Thanks, Diana. Or even a royally pert buttocks? Thanks, Pippa.
We have zero doubt that Meghan Markle, the newest lady to be drafted in to the British royal family, will also have a profound effect on a whole generation of brides and grooms planning their nuptials. Everything from wedding dresses, to colour themes, hairstyles and shoes — the world will be watching, and then they will be copying.
So let’s get this ‘Meghan effect’ underway this instant, by finding engagement ring replicas of the one she was given by the lovely Prince Harry.
Her ring included a thwacking great big diamond from Botswana (where the couple had their first holiday together) sandwiched between two further diamonds straight from Princess Diana’s jewellery collection — so don’t expect the exact ring in this list, 'cos it simply does not exist. However, here are some splendid (slightly less royal) options so that you can rock a monarch-approved ring too.