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Kate and Meghan’s jewellery reflects different ‘upbringing’ – but both agree on one choice


The Duchess of Sussex’s most loved watch, and a design she is always seen wearing, is the Cartier Tank Française which belonged to Princess Diana.

Designed by Louis Cartier in 1916, it is still considered one of the most desired watches worldwide and it is now worth £300,000.

Jewellery expert at H&T Pawnbrokers Sarah Buck described the piece as an “iconic watch”.

She explained it “is the 18ct yellow gold version and because of the age of the watch, is probably a mechanical movement”.

Although the watch retails for £20,000 now and when purchased in 1995 it would have cost between £3,000 to £4,000, because of the provenance of being owned by Princess Diana, Meghan Markle has in her possession a piece valued at £300,000.

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The most expensive watch the Duchess of Cambridge owns is worth less than that.

Her stainless steel Ballon Bleu De Cartier, which she is often seen wearing, is worth £20,000.

The bracelet watch has blue hands and a large Roman numeral dial.

Despite retailing for £5,350, the Duchess of Cambridge’s jewel would be worth £20,000 if it came on to the market.


The Duchess’s watch was a wedding anniversary gift from Prince William and has an enormous sentimental value for her.

To make it even more special, the Duke had a sapphire added to the frame of the watch to complement Kate’s engagement ring.

Sarah Buck explained both Meghan and Kate “regularly wear jewellery given to them by their respective husbands that originate from their mother Princess Diana”.

“Kate’s Diamond and Sapphire engagement ring being the engagement ring given by Prince Charles to Diana in 1981, while Meghan Markle is often seen wearing a large Aquamarine ring presented to Diana by Asprey of London.”

“Both their choices of jewellery may reflect their upbringing in different countries and their loyalties to them.”

Sara continued: “The Royal Family have always been very loyal to the crown jeweller currently Mark Appleby of Mappin and Webb, a very classic top-end British jeweller so this may also steer Kate’s preferences.

“The one area they both seem to agree on is their choice of watch brand.

“They both wear Cartier watches Kate a stainless steel Ballon Bleu, and Meghan an 18ct gold Tank Francaise previously owned by Princess Diana.”

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