Meghan Markle and her blossoming baby bump stepped out for a solo royal engagement in London yesterday, and she paid homage to the Middle East as she did so.
The Duchess of Sussex was seen sporting a gold Hamsa Hand ring on her middle finger, an ancient symbol of protection popular throughout the Middle East.
Her delicately-designed gold ring, which featured a blue sapphire ‘evil eye’ at the centre, was made by Turkish designer Kismet by Milka, costing $440 (Dh1,600).
The Hamsa Hand, or the Hand of Fatima, is said to bring its wearer protection, happiness, health, luck and good fortune. It is widely used in North Africa and the Middle East, and its earliest origins are thought to stem from Ancient Egypt.
The symbol is also said to repel negativity, something that was picked up on by Twitter users given the recent swell of press surrounding the Duchess.
Meghan, who is expecting her first child with husband Prince Harry in the spring, was paying a visit to the Royal Variety nursing home at Brinsworth House in Twickenham on Tuesday (December 18).