It is thought to be a sign of her advanced pregnancy, as many women find their fingers swell too much to wear their favourite jewellery.
The stunning engagement ring, which was designed by her husband, features three diamonds – one a single solitaire from Botswana and two from his mother Diana’s personal collection, set on a yellow gold band.
The Duchess of Sussex (above) was pictured without her engagement ring today as she attended a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House with Prince Harry. It is widely believed that the mother-to-be’s fingers may be swelling due to the late stage of her pregnancy
Meghan was still wearing her wedding ring, which is made of rare Welsh gold, and was gifted to the couple by The Queen. She also sported a simple gold wedding ring on her left thumb
Despite ditching her engagement ring, Meghan didn’t go completely without as she still donned her wedding band, which is made of rare Welsh gold and was gifted to the expectant parents by The Queen.
Pregnant Meghan also sported a simple gold ring on her left thumb during Monday’s outings.
With swelling a very common side affect of pregnant, it is quite possible that the Duchess, who is eight months gone, is finding it harder and harder to wear jewels as her due date nears.
The common condition, which is known as oedema, usually affects the legs, feet and ankles of pregnant women, but it can also spread to their fingers.
Meghan attended Westminster Abbey this afternoon, donning a chain-print Victoria Beckham dress and matching accessories from the same designer. The entire ensemble and accessories are estimated to be worth £9,000
Prince Harry and Meghan received baby gifts from Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette when they attended a Commonwealth Day youth event at Canada House in London earlier today
As the baby grows, its womb presses against the mother’s blood vessels in her pelvis, which affects a large vein on the right-hand side, called the inferior vena cava.
The pressure of the baby and womb slows blood circulation in that area and causes the blood to pool, which forces water down into feet and ankles.
The swelling can become even worse as the days goes by, as the build-up of water increases gravity and draws it downwards.
Towards the end of the pregnancy the swelling can reach the hands, causing rings to become tighter around the fingers.
The royal couple were all smiles after the announcement of their engagement on 27 November 2017. Pictured, Meghan’s sparkling engagement ring designed by her husband
The Duchess of Sussex’s engagement ring features three diamonds – one a single solitaire from Botswana and two from his mother Diana’s personal collection, which is set on a yellow gold band
But while there was one accessory clearly missing, Meghan still stunned in a custom-made green embellished coat and matching dress by Canadian designer Erdem as she arrived at Canada House this morning.
She was joined by Prince Harry as they spoke with young Canadians from a wide range of sectors including fashion, the arts, business and academia.
The Duchess of Sussex teamed the bottle green ensemble, which is estimated to have cost around £8, 000, with a Givenchy clutch, £568 Maison Birks opal earrings and a £363 Kismet by Milka bracelet, bringing the total to almost £9,000.
After a quick outfit change, the mother-to-be opted for a chain-print Victoria Beckham dress and wore matching accessories from the same designer as she attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
Commonwealth Day has a special significance this year, as 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth – a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people.
While Victoria Beckham doesn’t usually create bespoke pieces, it is believed Meghan’s coat alone is worth an estimated £4,000 and the dress £3,000, plus a further £2,000 for the custom bag and shoes – bringing the total to £9,000.
What is Oedema?
Swelling (also called oedema) affects pregnant women throughout their pregnancies, at different levels
The swelling becomes more noticeable as the baby grows
The swelling is due to the pressure of the womb on major veins that receive blood from the lower limbs
It usually affects the legs, feet and ankles of pregnant women but can also spread to their fingers in the last stages of the pregnancy
The pressure of the baby and womb slows blood circulation in that area and causes the blood to pool, which forces water down into feet and ankles
Towards the end of the pregnancy the swelling can reach the hands and rings become tighter around fingers, which is why many pregnant women get rid of their jewellery