Prince William Never Wears a Wedding Ring—Here's the Unusual Explanation

Prince Philip didn't either.

Prince William
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Prince William is never seen wearing a wedding ring, which the most eagle-eyed of royal fans will already know.

But the Prince of Wales hasn't lost his wedding band, nor is he making any particular statement: He simply never owned one.

A month ahead of William's wedding to Kate Middleton, now Princess Kate, in 2011, the Palace announced that the prince would not be handed a ring during the exchanging of vows.

A royal insider claimed at the time (via the Mirror), "He’s not one for jewelry. He’s never worn any. He decided he didn’t want to wear one now. It’s all down to personal preference."

They added, "Catherine will wear a ring fashioned from a lump of Welsh gold owned by the Royal Family that has been smelted down. The couple have both had a hand in the design. This is the ring Prince Harry will carry and hand over in the traditional way."

By contrast, the Princess of Wales always wears her wedding ring, and sometimes also complements it with her iconic sapphire engagement ring, which she inherited from her late mother-in-law Princess Diana.

Kate Middleton in the 2000s

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Back in 2018, royal commentator Eloise Parker shed some additional light on why William may have chosen not to wear a wedding ring.

"Although it's traditional for royal women to wear both an engagement ring and a wedding ring after they get married, it's never been traditional for royal men to wear one," Parker told Marie Claire. "That's why Prince Philip and Prince William don't wear them. I think when you have a wedding watched by millions, everyone knows you're married!"

This is an incredibly fair point.

Meanwhile, William's younger brother and erstwhile best man does wear a platinum wedding band to signal his marriage to Meghan Markle. To each his own!

The Duke & Duchess Of Sussex Pose With Their Newborn Son

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