Prince Harry is rarely seen without his signature bracelet, as evidenced by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s documentary
The Duke of Sussex has worn silver bangles and beaded bracelets for over 20 years.
The first three episodes of the series, Harry & Meghan, were released Thursday
Keep reading to find out the sentimental history behind Harry’s jewelry choices
While his style may have changed with the times over the past two decades, one Prince Harry accessory has remained the same. Rarely does he wear his two bracelets that are identical on his right wrist.
One of the bracelets, a dark carved silver bangle, was first photographed in 2001. He and his brother Prince William were spotted at his polo match for charity wearing nearly identical jewelry and cheering on his members of the team.
Since then, the silver bracelet Harry has worn on his wrist since he was a teenager has hardly left his side, and reportedly has a sentimental value behind it.
It is believed that Harry first picked up the bracelet during a trip to Africa shortly after the devastating death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997.
“The first time I came was in 1997, right after my mother passed away,” the prince revealed in a 2021 Town & Country cover interview. “My father told his brother and I to pack our things. We were going to Africa to get away from it all.”
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Harry went on to explain that his trip to the continent, like many trips that followed, made him realize that Africa was a place where he felt more like himself “than anywhere else in the world.”
“I feel a strong sense of complete relaxation and normalcy here,” Prince told the publication. to lose yourself in.”
It is during that trip that both Harry and William are believed to have acquired similar bracelets. Her late mother Diana had made several humanitarian trips to her continent, so it was a reminder of her and her work.
Harry visited Lesotho, South Africa when he was 18 and was featured in the Harry and Meghan documentary. There, he met Prince Hijiriiso, who had long since lost his mother, and immediately became “like brothers.”
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The “brothers” founded Sentebale, which means “forget-me-not” in Sesotho, in 2006 as a non-profit organization to help meet the basic needs of children and young people with a focus on HIV and AIDS. , like the late Princess Diana.
Harry revealed in a Netflix documentary series that he visited Prince Seeiso every year, sometimes spending up to three months at a time in the South African country.
“Lesotho gave me space and freedom to breathe, live and grow,” he recalls. “I have a second family and a group of friends who literally raised me.”
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Twenty years on, Harry seems to have continued to wear the bracelet from his official duties, from his wedding to Meghan Markle in May 2018, to his personal interview for the highly anticipated Netflix series, which was released Thursday.
However, Harry’s other bracelet changes from time to time. Nevertheless, it is always a beaded style bracelet, often in various shades of brown for more formal events, but can be lighter in color when ‘off duty’.
The two were secretly dating when they first started dating Meghan, but romance rumors spread after they were spotted wearing matching blue beaded bracelets.
Not long after he took his now-wife to Botswana and fell in love “under the stars,” recalled in a six-part documentary.
Perhaps each beaded bracelet represents a different journey or time in his life? I think it is one.
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