Meghan Markle seen ‘without wedding ring’ hours before ditching Royal Family

Meghan Markle was snapped without her wedding ring just hours before the Sussexes announced they are ditching the Royal Family.

The Duchess was pictured outside the The National Theatre in London's Southbank yesterday evening, where she is a patron.

Despite returning to her Royal duties, the one-of-a-kind £140,000 engagement ring which incorporates two diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection, appeared to be missing alongside her wedding band.

A few hours later the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a bombshell statement saying they would step back from Royal duties to becoming financially independent and split their time between England and North America.

Some eagle-eyed Royal watchers believe the missing ring may be symbolic of Meghan's wish to 'ring in the changes' and distance herself from the Windsors.

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But one Twitter user commented: "MM already pawning her rings? Or getting them ready to mail back to Harry…"

The Royal Family are known to make coded statements, with some long suspecting a rift was growing wider when The Queen delivered her Christmas message without a picture of Meghan and Harry in shot.

The estrangement comes after Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan,38, snubbed holidaying Royal Family over Christmas, opting instead for a six-week vacation in Canada.

On Wednesday evening the Duke, 34, and Duchess, 38, said in an Instagram post: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.

"We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.

"It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.

"We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.

"This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.

"We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

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In reply Buckingham Palace said with the couple are at their "early stages" and "complicated".

Insiders say The Queen is “disappointed” with move, while Harry's brother Prince William and dad Prince Charles are said to be “furious”.

It is reported the couple did not brief the Palace on the shock announcement plan, but it has been widely rumoured problems have been brewing for months.

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The move has sparked concerns it is the 'beginning of the end for the Royal Family ' as the Royal couple appear to want to opt out of tax-payer funded duties.

It may mean the Queen will have to charge rent from the Royals , who are based at the recently taxpayer refurbished Frogmore Cottage, The Times report.

It is a further blow to the Royal Family in just weeks after Prince Andrew was forced to step down from royal duties over his relationship with paedophile tycoon Jeffrey Epstein.

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