Why Prince William Doesn’t Wear His Wedding Ring — But Harry Does

It’s clear from Prince Harry’s recent Father’s Day Instagram that the new dad does, indeed, wear his wedding ring. But what about his brother? There’s a reason Prince William doesn’t wear his wedding from Kate Middleton, and it makes a lot of sense. For some time, fans of Prince William and Duchess Kate have noticed the small detail about the future king (and what it means for their marriage.) Now, some of the worries can be put to rest.

At the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011, there was a little detail many may have missed. The second in line to the British throne never actually put on a ring at the ceremony. Prince William did offer a ring to the Duchess of Cambridge, which she wears, but her husband did not receive, nor does he wear, a wedding band.

“It’s understood that it’s personal preference,” a spokesperson for Kensington Palace told HollywoodLife. If it’s up to personal preference, then perhaps there is an intimate reason why Harry has chosen to wear his wedding band but Prince William has not. HollywoodLife noted that the same spokesperson would not elaborate on the individual princes’ choices.

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At Deepdale Hall Farm in Cumbria, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met the Brown familly, who have been farming in the valley near Lake Ullswater since the 1950s. Farming and agriculture has a special place in the #LakeDistrict National Park, where farmers have worked centuries on some of the most challenging land in the country. There are three generations living on Deepdale Hall Farm: Chris, his son Jimmy, Jimmy’s wife Robyn, and their four children. Chris and Jimmy are proud of their hill-farming heritage and are keen to carry on farming in a traditional way. The Duke and Duchess joined the Brown family, local farmers, and members of the Farmer Network to discuss some of the key challenges farmers are facing — including rural isolation, Brexit, and support payments. Following the discussion, The Duke and Duchess spent time on the farm with the family tending to their flock of Herdwick and Swaledale sheep, joining them for sheep shearing, herding and dry stone walling. @CumbriaCC #Cumbria #Ullswater

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On the day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May 2018, a statement was released on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex about wedding rings they’ve chosen for each other. “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen Cleave and Company to make their wedding rings,” the statement read. “Ms. Markle’s ring has been fashioned from a piece of Welsh gold, gifted by Her Majesty The Queen. Prince Harry’s ring will be a platinum band with a textured finish. Both rings were crafted in the Cleave workshop.”

At the ceremony, he rings were carried by Prince William, who acted as Prince Harry’s best man on the day of the wedding. While admirers of the royal family and couples may be scratching their heads as to why Prince Williams chooses not to wear a wedding band, it seems the answer was much simpler than we thought.