Olivia Bahou
May 02, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Prince Harry will break with royal tradition in more ways than one when he marries Meghan Markle on May 19. The prince will wed a non-royal—a divorced, biracial, American actress, at that—in a ceremony and reception that will be far smaller and more intimate than Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 nuptials.

After the wedding, too, Prince Harry’s marriage will be different than his older brother’s. For one, he’s planning to wear a wedding ring.

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According to E! News, Harry “does want to wear a wedding band,” unlike William who “prefers to go without.” In fact, many married male royals don’t wear a physical token to signify that they’re off the market. Harry’s father, Prince Charles, hasn’t worn a band on his ring finger since his 2005 marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles.

So why has Harry decided to thwart tradition? Unlike William, who reportedly “doesn’t like jewelry,” the younger prince has been spotted wearing bracelets and necklaces plenty of times, including matching ones with his bride-to-be.

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Perhaps the fact that Markle is American could also have something to do with it. While the custom of British royals not wearing wedding bands is common in the U.K., it’s less known in the U.S., so Harry’s American bride could have had a say in his decision.

According to an insider, Markle’s wedding band will be made out of Clogau-Welsh gold, the same kind that was used for Princess Diana’s and Kate Middleton’s wedding rings. No word yet if Harry’s will be made to match.

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