Who needs the crown jewels? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s unborn daughter can expect to inherit not just a chicken coop in Santa Barbara and a host of celebrity friends, but a Cartier Tank watch, courtesy of her mom.
Back in 2015, then TV star Markle told Hello! magazine that when her USA show Suits was picked up for a third season, she bought herself something a little fancy to celebrate. “I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch,” she said, a year before she met Prince Harry. “When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season—which, at the time, felt like such a milestone—I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version.”
Even then, she was looking toward her future life as a mom. “I had it engraved on the back, ‘To M.M. From M.M,’ and I plan to give it to my daughter one day,” she said. “That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.”
A sweet reminder that style isn’t just about having nice things; it’s also about sharing them. And fine watches are an investment: The smaller version of the two-toned Cartier Tank Francaise currently retails for just under $6,000.
Page Six points out that Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, also wore the iconic timepiece on her wrist. The late princess owned both the Tank Louis and a Tank Francaise in yellow gold, which Prince Harry may have inherited. Cartier also provided Markle’s wedding jewelry. Clearly, this brand is like a member of the family.
During their conversation with Oprah Winfrey, which aired March 7, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed they are expecting a girl. “Grateful, having any child, any one or a two would have been amazing, but to have a boy and then a girl…,” said Prince Harry. “Now we’ve got our family and we’ve got four of us.” Watches, babies…good things in small packages!