Kate Middleton Is Sick & Tired of People Wanting to Wear Her Engagement Ring

Kate MiddletonSome things are too sacred to replicate. Kate Middleton reportedly refused to allow a replica of her sapphire and diamond engagement ring to be included in a new collection of copycat royal jewels that will be sold online and at Kensington Palace.

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When Prince William proposed to the Duchess of Cambridge, he presented her with Princess Diana's unique £1 million, 18-carat sapphire and diamond stunner that immediately became known as one of the most famous and iconic engagement rings of all time. It's no surprise that when the Historic Royal Palaces gift shop at Kensington Palace decided to carry a line of replica royal jewelry, an imitation sapphire ring would be included in the collection.

But, not so fast. Rumor has it the souvenir ring has been pulled from the line because Kate doesn't want every woman in England running around wearing the same ring (even though it retails for a far more modest £14.99 and probably disintegrates upon contact with water).

A palace source reportedly defended Kate's decision by saying, "I expect the feeling at Kensington Palace is that it's rather naff to sell cheap copies of Diana's engagement ring. One can hardly blame Kate for vetoing the idea of them selling a knock-off of the ring she wears every day."

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I understand where Kate is coming from -- not only does her ring have special significance to her, but it also represents Princess Diana and her legacy. It was obviously important enough for William to propose to his now-wife with the sapphire and diamond beauty, so I get why they wouldn't want cheap copies of it to be sold at their residence.

It's not as if you can't go online and find dozens of replicas of the ring for a few dollars -- there's no reason why it should have to be sold at Kensington Palace if Kate or Will feels uncomfortable with the idea. In this case, imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery.

 

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