Prince William (formally known as the Duke of Cambridge) and Kate Middleton got married in 2011. But eagle-eyed royal family followers have noticed that he doesn’t wear a wedding ring.
The reason is simple. He just doesn’t like jewelry.
After six years of marriage and two children, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, still look like they’re very much in love. But many observers have noticed something interesting about the couple: Despite their apparent matrimonial success, William has never worn a wedding ring.
It’s true: Look through the many thousands of pictures of the royal couple online and you won’t find a single one in which he’s wearing a ring on his left hand.
Royal family fans need not fear. The lack of a ring doesn’t signal any sort of divorce. William just doesn’t want to wear one.
In fact, the royal family released a statement before the couple’s 2011 wedding to confirm that William wouldn’t wear a ring because of “personal preference,” Time reported.
“It was something the couple discussed but Prince William isn’t one for jewelry,” a Palace aide said. (No word on why he hates rings but always seems to be wearing a watch, however.)
William isn’t the only male royal who abstains from a wedding band. The Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, doesn’t wear one either.
But other male royals do wear a ring. The BBC reports that Prince Charles (William’s father) wears a wedding ring to signify his second marriage. News photos show that Prince Andrew, Duke of York, wore one on his pinky before his divorce, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, still wears his.
In short, wedding rings aren’t reliable predictors of marital success in the royal family. Men who have worn them (like Prince Charles and Prince Andrew) have gone through scandalous divorces. But Prince Philip, who doesn’t wear one, has been married to the Queen for 69 years.