What Meghan Markle's Hamsa Hand ring means

The Duchess of Sussex is often seen sporting the Middle Eastern symbol

Meghan Markle's style has evolved a lot since she became a duchess. Her clean and polished looks rarely put a foot wrong, and she loves to pay attention to the little details.

One of those small details that often features in the Duchess of Sussex's looks pays homage to the Middle East. Meghan has been spotted sporting a gold Hamsa Hand ring on various fingers, an ancient symbol of protection popular throughout the region.

TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Royal Variety Charity's Brinsworth House on December 18, 2018 in Twickenham, England. Brinsworth House is a residential nursing and care home for those who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

New pictures released of the Sussex Royal Instagram page show a close-up of the ring during a 2017 trip to Botswana. The duchess can be seen cradling the trunk of an elephant during a conservation trip with Prince Harry.

Meghan was also spotted sporting the ring as she stepped out for a solo royal engagement in London last year.

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.

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.

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