Duchess Meghan's 'borrowed' diamond earrings finally identified!

By Jessica Pollack

Duchess Meghan dazzled fans and Fijian locals alike when she stepped out for a glitzy state dinner in October 2018 while on tour Down Under with Prince Harry. The pregnant royal draped her budding bump in a caped Fijian blue gown by Safiyaa and frosted her ears with a pair of glittering diamond chandelier earrings, which were said at the time to have been 'borrowed' from a royal family member.

When the royal family gathered for Prince Charles' 70th birthday gala in November, the large diamond studs with three strands of dazzling gems were back in the 37-year-old's ears as she and Harry arrived at Buckingham Palace. The mystery was reborn! But now, the baubles have been identified by Instagram user @shoplikemeghan.

The savvy account found a photo of the same earrings on a model in 2016, and they're by haute couture jewellery house Butani. There is also a matching necklace dripping in strands of diamonds, which the relative who lent Meghan the earrings may own as well. Unfortunately, the source of the stunners is still unknown.

When Meghan first wore them in Fiji, royal reporter Emily Andrews said, "The mystery of Meghan’s earrings... all KP will say is that they’re “borrowed”. From whom, they will not say. Most likely the Queen."

The royal often wears her Birks Snowflake Snowstorm earrings to evening events, like her in Tonga. Photo: © Getty Images

The sizeable design is uncharacteristic of Prince Harry's wife, who tends to favour delicate pieces of jewellery like her favourite Birks stacking rings and sleek bangles by the likes of Pippa Smalls. Her go-to evening gems are the Birks Snowflake Snowstorm earrings, which she wore to a dinner in Tonga and retail for $12,000.

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