Duchess Kate removed her sapphire ring & eternity band during ‘isolation’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the London Ambulance Service during the Coronavirus crisis!

Everyone had thoughts about the photo – posted by Kensington Palace – of the Duchess of Cambridge “at her desk,” posing prettily in a pink suit. I strongly believe that the photo was taken two Fridays ago, the last time William and Kate were in their apartment in Kensington Royal, because Kate wore the same Marks and Spencer suit in that photo which she wore to that photo-op at the emergency call center. But here’s something I didn’t notice about the desk photo: Kate wasn’t wearing her sapphire ring, and she wasn’t wearing her diamond eternity band. Weirdly, she did seem to wear her sapphire ring to the emergency call center the same day though. And she did wear her simple Welsh gold wedding band for the desk photo too. So here’s why Kate didn’t wear her famous rings for the desk photo:

While in self-isolation and working from home, Kate Middleton was pictured without one of her key accessories. On Sunday, Kate and Prince William’s shared photos on their joint Instagram account of the couple diligently working from home. In one of the snaps, the royal mom of three, who wore the coral pink Marks & Spencer suit that she also wore to a recent call center visit with Prince William, 37, was notably without her sapphire and diamond engagement ring and her diamond eternity band.

Her decision to remove her jewelry is likely to aid in the effectiveness of handwashing, which is essential in stopping the spread of the virus.

While Kate, 38, wore her Welsh gold wedding band, she was missing her iconic engagement ring, which once belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. She also opted to not wear her white gold diamond eternity band.

A 2018 study at Georgia State University found that rings provided “a protected area [on the skin] in which bacteria can flourish,” according to researchers. They also found that those who didn’t wear rings were able to kill more bacteria when washing their hands than those who wore rings.

[From People]

LMAO @ “diligently working from home.” William and Kate can really do the bare minimum and they’re considered “diligent,” meanwhile Meghan worked her ass off in a short time and she was smeared and abused. Anyway. As for the ring thing… I know a lot of women would never remove their wedding rings for anything, but some women do. Kate usually removes Big Blue when she’s visiting hospitals or any kind of medical facility, so… why didn’t she remove it for the visit to the emergency call center? And then she removed it for the posed photo at her desk in KP? I bet she’s keeping it off during the quarantine too.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the London Ambulance Service during the Coronavirus crisis!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the London Ambulance Service during the Coronavirus crisis!

Photos courtesy of Backgrid and KensingtonRoyal Twitter.

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  1. EM says:

    I stopped wearing my engagement ring to make hand washing easier. This makes total sense to me.

    • minx says:

      Same. I’m washing so much, I don’t want to bother cleaning the ring all the time.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Same, not even my wedding band. Also keeping nails *very* short to reduce contamination under nail edge.

  2. Alexandria says:

    I don’t wear my wedding ring so this makes sense to me. The plus side is it does make hand washing easier.

    • Mac says:

      I take all of jewelry off when I get home from work, including my wedding ring. I clean my wedding ring every morning because I have always been paranoid about germs and rings.

  3. Jedi says:

    I doubt she wears it at home normally, anyway. That thing is huge, heavy and would probably scratch the kids. My solitaire is raised and I have to be careful when holding my son that it doesn’t scratch his head or cheeks. 🤷‍♀️

    • Golly Gee says:

      I was thinking that too. They may not be very comfortable either. Otherwise, if it were in the aid of handwashing, it wouldn’t make sense to still be wearing her wedding ring.

      • minx says:

        My wedding ring is smooth, plain and thin, so it cleans easily. But my engagement ring has prongs and settings, it’s much harder to clean.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      That ring always look very impractical to me. Then again, it was chosen by a teenager because it was had the biggest stone of the selection she was offered and she was pissed off that her fiance didn’t bother to pick a ring for her himself.

      • Prayer Warrior says:

        I know, right? And she wears it so proudly, too, but the whole story of what it represents is really, truly sad….and a foreboding of what was to come….

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Rings with big stones may look impressive but they are really impractical.

      • Marie says:

        I have always thought that ring was super ugly. Some people think it is sweet Will proposed to Kate with it, but I thought it was odd. It was a very unhappy marriage.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        The design is awful but the stone itself is probably really nice. However, it really is too large to be comfortable as well as practical in a ring that you wear daily.

      • minx says:

        I don’t mind the look of the ring, it’s not my taste, but it was from an extremely unhappy marriage that ended in divorce. Why would you want that? It’s just a bad omen IMO.

      • Mac says:

        I agree with Marie, I find the ring to be very ugly. I thought it was so weird when he gave it to her because of the bad history and the ugliness.

    • Kay says:

      Yeah, I thought this too. I’d guess that she only ever wears the engagement ring on public outings. I’m just a normal peasant with a solitaire that’s 1/11th or so the size of hers, and I only wear it to work and on date nights…otherwise, it’s only my gold band.

  4. SkaraBrae says:

    There have been quite a few recommendations in the UK about removing watches and jewellery to help with handwashing as ideally wrists need to be washed thoroughly.
    Lots of mentions of keeping nails short too.

  5. Guest says:

    That top picture sums them up both nicely. Pointless and clueless.

  6. JRT says:

    Why doesn’t Willy-boy not wear a wedding ring!? Probably easier for his floundering dick to get some tail (Rose Hanbury) outside his marriage if he looks a bit available!

    • ArtHistorian says:

      He’s never worn a wedding band. Didn’t want to for some reason.

      • Nic919 says:

        And they tried to say it was a royal thing, except Charles, Andrew, Edward, Phillip all wear / wore wedding bands, even if not on the ring finger. Only William chooses not to or even to get one. Tells you all you need to know.
        He just can’t be bothered.

    • Marie says:

      He says he didn’t like jewelry but he has worn bracelets and I think necklaces before. He also wears a watch.

    • MeganBot2020 says:

      I can’t believe I’m defending William, but it is an upper class tradition here in the UK for men not to wear a wedding ring. My dad is from an UC background and he never wore one, and he was absolutely devoted to my mother.

  7. Vava says:

    Diana’s ring is Kate’s only claim to fame, imo. I can see why she wears it out in public, but honestly it doesn’t seem as if it would be very comfortable to wear daily. (I would have redesigned it if it were mine).

    I stopped wearing jewelry once this pandemic kicked in. So much better for all the hand washing going on, for sure.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      That ring is her prize, the 2nd prize is the Princess of Wales title and the Diana cosplay will be complete.

      • Vava says:

        yes. And then Keen Kate, the Queen Consort.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I have always felt sorta sorry for her and really do feel sorry for her now.

        Can you imagine being married to Cain and now, with Sussexes gone, having to sell your soul and your children to THe Daily Fail, The Daily Slow and The Dim?

  8. Becks1 says:

    I bet she doesn’t wear it at home that much, unless the stories about her being a “hands on mother” aren’t true- I take my ring off all the time when cooking/baking or giving the kids a bath, etc – so I bet she doesn’t wear it that much on a regular basis and prob keeps it in a safe.

  9. Ruby_Woo says:

    This is the most random article ever. Woman doesn’t wear big ass rings during a pandemic where regular hand-washing is essential and advised. It’s something that most people wouldn’t have even noticed until it was highlighted – is People magazine trying to cause some sort of drama on the sly?

    • Amy Too says:

      You know if this was Meghan it would be “HUGE PROBLEMS IN THE SUSSEX MARRIAGE! Meghan refuses to wear engagement ring! Divorce?”

    • Golly Gee says:

      You notice that they also mentioned her wearing the same suit. Maybe they are also trying to create drama by planting the idea that all of the photos were taken at the same time.

      • Some chick says:

        All of the photos WERE taken on the same day. Her styling is identical, except for the ring. That’s not “creating drama” – that’s what time it is.

        BTW I did pick up on the missing ring when this photo was first posted here. My guess would be that she just doesn’t wear the big ring at home.

        It’s sad that William won’t wear a wedding band.

        I don’t like Catherine, but I do have compassion for her crappy gilded cage/rose garden setup. Maybe she actually reads. It can be a great escape.

  10. Deanne says:

    Makes sense with the constant hand washing that most people are doing.

  11. Emily says:

    My husband and I took our rings off. So much hand washing and hand cream application. We’re sticking around home anyways so it’s not a big deal to me.

  12. SJR says:

    I understand her not wearing rings, I have not worn jewelry, makeup, or perfume since my daughter was born. She is highly allergic too many things and my vanity is not going endanger my child.
    Plus, caring for small children means you wash your hands a bazillion times during the day, not wearing jewelry makes it quicker/easier.

    Btw, KM still gives me hair envy! As a dishwater blonde, I envy her thick, shiny brunette hair. It is her best feature.

    Also, am trying to keep myself Calm during this situation. Doing the best I can, hope you are all safe and well. I enjoy popping into Celebitchy. 🙂

    • Aria says:

      When you spend 300 pounds a week your hair will look like that. It’s not gene beacuse pippa and carole hair is full and flat which makes prove Kate pay so much money into those hair spa.

      • yinyang says:

        Yes, while the rest of us are rocking our Covid-19 hair since the salons closed, Kate has a concierge hairstylist, to royals its an essential.


    Hand washing is a good point. I’ve been wearing my engagement ring and wedding band to feel more “put together” and motivated to work. It’s the little things like that, dressing like I would to go into the office, that keep me focused.

  14. megs283 says:

    Eh, not gonna ding her. I’ve been working from home for three weeks and haven’t put my rings on during that time. It hasn’t been a conscious decision…putting them on was just part of my routine for getting ready to go to work.

    (But…I should probably keep wearing them to make sure that spot on my finger doesn’t expand too much! LOL)

  15. Nev says:

    I gotta tell you all. There is probably nothing I can’t deal with lately is people getting props for doing half-assed work. Wow.
    Diligent work. Stop this.

  16. Aria says:

    I still dont understand why William doesnt wear wedding ring even chuck wear it in his last finger . Many right wing men’s dont wear it either. I never saw Donald Trump wearing it. Nor does rupert Murdoch. But other hardcore Christians in Republican party wars it. So I dont know.

    • minx says:

      My brother is law is as liberal as they come and he doesn’t wear a wedding ring. It’s just personal taste.

    • twoz says:

      I seem to recall the ring on Charles’ little finger is a signet ring with the Prince of Wales feathers engraved on it.

    • MeganBot2020 says:

      I don’t know about America but here in Britain It’s not a right wing thing (since “right wing” in the American sense does not apply to the UK at all). It’s an upper class thing. Most UC British men don’t wear wedding rings.

  17. LA says:

    I’ve been almost exclusively wearing my silicone workout wedding band to make hand washing easier, and because…no one sees me these days, except my immediate family…who certainly don’t care.

  18. Belli says:

    “Her decision to remove her jewelry is likely to aid in the effectiveness of handwashing”

    Key word:



    “We noticed Kate’s not wearing her ring and needed some column inches, so we’re running some blind speculation. She’s the one we need you to like though, so we’re pulling a good reason out of our arses instead of her marriage being on the rocks, which you can guarantee would be the theory if it were the other one in the photo.”

  19. February Pisces says:

    I personally wouldn’t wear that cursed ring if you paid me, but I can tell kate usually wears it with pride as part of her Diana incarnation. If Meghan was seen without her wedding ring, it would give the trolls life that ‘their marriage is in trouble’. But I can see the point about hand washing, as I’ve not been wearing my rings either.

    • Mumbles says:

      Yeah I always found it odd that William gave her a ring that his father gave to his mother before their unhappy marriage and while he was in love with another woman. Very bad mojo if you ask me. Sure it’s a beautiful ring, but these people are so rich they could have designed their own beautiful ring and started their marriage with something new. But yeah, Kate lays it on thick with the Diana worship and frankly Diana’s sons have relied a lot on the good will she earned, so there you have it.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        The ring his mother chose for herself because his father couldn’t be arsed to pick out a ring for his fiancee himself. That ring just have an all-round bad history.

      • Nic919 says:

        That ring is the symbol of a disastrous marriage so I agree it’s weird to give that to someone you supposedly care about. And even Diana didn’t really like it, she just picked the gaudiest ring from the catalogue. Kate wears it so much like we will confuse her for Diana or something. I thought when she wore it to sail on the regatta it was beyond ridiculous because you are handing rope and that could catch in it and rip your finger off. So I guess a pandemic is what it takes for her not to wear it all the time?

    • Chrissy says:

      Cain chose that ring because it was a available and FREE. He finagled it off of Harry and so, because he’s cheap, he gave her a ring both Kate and CAROLE (the Diana obsessive) would appreciate. Not much thought went into it, I’m sure.

    • yinyang says:

      She never cared about the divorce or bad luck associated with this ring, in the same manner she never really cared about her own marriage, I don’t think she ever loved William, the one and only reason she wears it is because it belonged to Diana, and what she wants most in life is to replace her.

  20. (TheOG) jan90067 says:

    Eh… I take off my rings when I am home/get home after being out. More “comfortable”, don’t have to worry about getting them “dirty”; washing and drying your hands with rings on is a pain.

    I also hate sleeping with rings or earrings on.

    • MsIam says:

      Same here. As soon as I get in the door I take off my ring, lol. Usually so I can was my hands and eat. It’s funny, I only wear it when I leave the house, otherwise it sits on the windowsill above the sink. Hubby on the other hand doesn’t take his off until bedtime.

    • Some chick says:

      I love to wear nothing but jewelry. Makes me feel fancy! Not necessarily for sleeping, but in the hot tub for sure. I also have permanent jewelry that just doesn’t come off – some custom earrings that just always stay on. Heaven help me if I ever have to get an MRI!

  21. Anonymous says:

    I’m not going to ding Kate for using common sense on removing that gaudy ring to wash her hands properly.

  22. Yoyo says:

    There are going more stories like this coming down the pipe.
    Kate is not wearing her extensions because the hairstylist is in quarantine.
    Cain teeth are yellow because the dentist think it’s too far to go drive to Norfolk.

  23. Maggie May says:

    I have removed all my rings and jewellery – partly the bacteria harbouring and also because my hands have been getting so dry I need to moisturise and it clogs up in the setting of my engagement ring. I think it makes sense.

  24. MsIam says:

    Eh, it’s a slow news day when there are stories about two week old pictures. Btw, where is the outrage about Kate not crossing her ankles while she Is sitting or having her legs crossed while sitting at her desk? I guess the protocol officers have all retired, now that they have driven out Meghan.

  25. Nic919 says:

    This is a pretty ridiculous story. Where is the leading work that these two are doing? So far there has been a photo for PR and nothing else. People are dying daily in the UK. They need to do something now.

  26. L4frimaire says:

    I never noticed the ring thing, especially since I take my rings off at home. However the fact that it is even mentioned means that a lot of people noticed and were asking about it. Why is this a thing and why did it merit enough notice to generate an article? And that suit is just awful. The color reminds me of those overstuffed 80s couches that you see on sitcom sets from that era. Kate really into 80s nostalgia.

  27. manda says:

    I never wear my rings at home

  28. yinyang says:

    In factories and food industries it’s a safety hazard, not the end of the world if you don’t. Royal problems, should I wear the ring, should I not, how does that make me look. Should I isolate in my castle in the city, or my castle in the country. smh.

  29. Haha says:

    I remember when Meghan didn’t wear her eternity band for her engagement at Royal Albert Hall. I think that’s when she was at her lowest point and told Harry she couldn’t stay in the Royal family forever. Don’t remember a post here though?

  30. Cbfan says:

    I seriously feel like I see the ring is still on her finger. Just swung around.

  31. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I guess William was being pro-active in never wearing a ring in the first place.

  32. Mina_Esq says:

    I believe it. I’ve stopped wearing rings, and I’ve switched to cheap purse so I wouldn’t feel bad having to disinfect it after grocery runs. Speaking of cheap, Kate’s suit looks a lot better from the side when she is sitting down. It otherwise looks poorly fitted.

  33. TheMummy says:

    Give me a break. If she didn’t wear it to the event the headline here would be all about how they’re getting divorced because she wasn’t wearing her ring in public. And I get it about not wearing the rings at home. Im only wearing my thin tungsten band right now for the same reasons: effectiveness of hand washing and also to spare my rings the damage from constant washing and exposure to alcohol based sanitizers. Non story. And I’m not a Kate fan at all. I think she’s an asshole.

  34. Suz says:

    I’ve been at home for a week and half now and haven’t put my engagement ring or wedding ring on. I also haven’t put anything but pajamas on, so…

  35. Awkward symphony says:

    Am all for avoiding rings right now but I doubt that’s Kate’s reason! She wore her sapphire ring to visit hospices, attending outdoors events and even when she was doing that king’s cup sailing event which she could’ve EASILY lost the ring (which is now too big for her)! I agree with others that she doesnt wear it at home and around the kids so they dont get scratched.
    It’s just odd that this never occurred to them in the past when she had pictures taken of her ‘meetings’