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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 18 January 2019

Hamsa Hand: Meghan Markle's subtle nod to the Middle East

During a solo royal outing, the Duchess of Sussex chose to wear a gold Hamsa ring by Turkish designer Kismet by Milka

Meghan Markle paid subtle homage to the Middle East during a solo royal engagement in London. AP 
Meghan Markle paid subtle homage to the Middle East during a solo royal engagement in London. AP 

Meghan Markle and her blossoming baby bump stepped out for a solo royal engagement in London yesterday, and she paid homage to the Middle East as she did so.

The Duchess of Sussex was seen sporting a gold Hamsa Hand ring on her middle finger, an ancient symbol of protection popular throughout the Middle East.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Royal Variety Charity's Brinsworth House on December 18, 2018 in Twickenham, (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex visits the Royal Variety Charity's Brinsworth House on December 18, 2018. Getty Images

Her delicately-designed gold ring, which featured a blue sapphire ‘evil eye’ at the centre, was made by Turkish designer Kismet by Milka, costing $440 (Dh1,600).

The Hamsa Hand, or the Hand of Fatima, is said to bring its wearer protection, happiness, health, luck and good fortune. It is widely used in North Africa and the Middle East, and its earliest origins are thought to stem from Ancient Egypt.

Meghan Markle wore a $440 Hamsa ring by Turkish designer Kismet by Mikla. Courtesy: Kimset by Milka
Meghan Markle wore a $440 Hamsa ring by Turkish designer Kismet by Mikla. Courtesy Kimset by Milka

The symbol is also said to repel negativity, something that was picked up on by Twitter users given the recent swell of press surrounding the Duchess.

The Duchess of Sussex meets residents on a visit to the Royal Variety Charity's residential nursing and care home, Brinsworth House in Twickenham / AFP / POOL / Geoff PUGH
The Duchess of Sussex meets residents on a visit to the Royal Variety Charity's residential nursing and care home. AFP

Meghan, who is expecting her first child with husband Prince Harry in the spring, was paying a visit to the Royal Variety nursing home at Brinsworth House in Twickenham on Tuesday (December 18).

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Updated: December 19, 2018 02:07 PM

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