Diamonds are forever.
Meghan Markle wore a sparkling gift from her father-in-law, King Charles III, in Santa Barbara on Monday as she was spotted for the first time since Omid Scobie’s tell-all book, “Endgame” was released — and her jewelry might be a subtle show of support for the King in the wake of allegations against the monarch.
The Duchess of Sussex, 42, looked casual as she was photographed walking to a car with a bodyguard in tow on Monday, wearing a green baseball cap, cropped black leggings and a black sweater with the tennis bracelet she received as a gift from Charles ahead of her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.
The diamond bracelet was designed by royal warrant holders Bentley & Skinner and features 2.6 carats of diamonds, according to the brand’s website.
King Charles, 75, was recently outed as one of the royals who allegedly questioned Prince Archie’s skintone in a Dutch translation of the royal exposé, although Scobie insisted in multiple TV interviews that he never named Charles and Kate Middleton, 41, in the English version, chalking the leak up to “translation issues.”
Markle hasn’t worn the diamond bracelet in public since the 2022 Invictus Games, when she sported it with a chic tweed blazer and Chanel flats.
And although it’s not a part of her usual stack of gold bracelets that she wears along with Princess Diana’s Cartier watch, the duchess has worn her tennis bracelet during several other public occasions, debuting the diamond piece as she arrived at her hotel the night before her wedding.
As for this week’s look, the mom of two finished off her casual ‘fit with a new pair of tan New Balance sneakers ($100) and black Krewe sunglasses, wearing her hair pulled back in a long braid.
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Along with resurfacing the story that Markle shared during her interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021 about the discussion of Archie’s skin color, “Endgame” also dropped plenty of other royal bombshells.
Scobie detailed the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s death in the book, writing that Prince William “ignored” his brother, Prince Harry’s, texts, forcing the Duke of Sussex to make his own arrangements to get to Scotland to see his grandmother, who died while he was en route.
The royal family is reportedly devising a game plan to deal with the fallout from the book’s accusations.