Wed, 31 Oct, 2018
The sweet way Duchess Meghan honoured Prince Charles with her jewellery
Duchess Meghan has made a habit of wearing jewellery with special meaning throughout her royal tour with husband Prince Harry.
Now, the latest symbolism from her travelling collection has been revealed, and is a very sweet tribute to her father-in-law Prince Charles. The 37-year-old, well known for wearing sustainable jewellery, was snapped in Fiji wearing two gold bracelets connected to a charity started by him, Turquoise Mountain, reports People.
Worn during a welcome ceremony to Fiji and again at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney, they were made by artisans who are members of the charity.
The organisation works across Afghanistan, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia, with the aim to “preserve and regenerate historic areas and communities with a rich cultural heritage and to revive traditional crafts, to create jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride,” according to its website.
Established in 2006 by the Prince of Wales, the foundation has trained more than 6000 artisans.
The gold bracelets – Oshna and Omeen bangles, valued at $AU198 and $269 respectively – are part of jeweller Pippa Small’s Turquoise Mountain Collection with the British ethical designer a favourite of Duchess Meghan’s.
Awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth in 2013 for her ethical jewellery and charity work, Small works with the Turquoise Mountain foundation in Afghanistan and Burma training and employing artisans to promote traditional skills, and hopes to introduce Syrian refugees to the program.
“It creates jobs and it gives people a sense of pride and a sense of identity,” Small said of Turquoise Mountain in an interview with People.
“I’m so thrilled that she was wearing those bangles,” she said. “Even though they were just simple bangles — they look incredibly chic on her of course — but it’s what’s behind them that is so utterly amazing.”
This isn’t the first time the Duchess of Sussex has paid tribute to Prince Harry’s father on the current royal tour. According to Town & Country, she wore a diamond tennis bracelet, a gift from Prince Charles, when she and her husband arrived in Fiji.