Since their glorious Royal wedding in April 2018 – a spectacle tens of millions from around the world tuned in to watch – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have done things their way. Take, for example, Markle’s decision to not give birth to son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in the traditional Lindo Wing and she took (gasp) two days to get her de riguer blowout, eons compared to sister-in-law Kate Middleton.

But while we often look at Markle – the “working mother who has gone against Royal protocol again with burgundy nail polish or shockingly shut her own car door” – rarely do the media take note anymore of Prince Harry’s breaking of established traditions. There was, however, one subtle, yet notable, buck of a Royal trend during the couple’s wedding: Prince Harry chose to wear a wedding band.

Technically, when it comes to engagement and wedding rings in the British Royal Family, there are no official set-in-stone rules. But did you know many royal men choose not to wear a wedding band at all? (You may have noticed during Princess Eugenie’s wedding in October last year that she did not place a ring on now-husband Jack Brookshank’s finger. Cue, puzzled Australians.)

Prince William, who is second in line to the throne after his father Prince Charles, also doesn’t wear a ring – and reportedly is not a fan of jewellery. Prince Philip, married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years, also doesn’t wear a wedding band.

During Prince Harry and Markle’s Royal wedding, the program included a section titled “the giving of the rings”, where Meghan and the Royal exchanged wedding bands, plural. While Markle wears a wedding band made of Welsh gold (a gift from the Queen’s personal collection from the Clogau St. David Gold Mine in Wales), her husband’s choice was unprecedented with his ring comprising of textured platinum.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: Prince Harry places the wedding ring on the finger of Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LYMPSTONE, UNITED KINGDOM – SEPTEMBER 13: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex seen fiddling with his wedding ring as he visits The Royal Marines Commando Training Centre on September 13, 2018 in Lympstone, England. The Duke arrived at the centre in a Royal Navy Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter for his first visit in his role as Captain General Royal Marines. He met with new recruits undergoing training as well as the Invictus Games Racing Team. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

But Prince Charles – funny old, bumbling Prince Charles – confuses me completely and wears his wedding band on his pinky finger and stacks it with a gold signet ring.

thoughts?