Why Does Prince William Not Wear A Wedding Ring?

Like grandfather, like grand son… Did you know that  Prince William does not wear a wedding ring?

It appears his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, did not wear one as well. But his father Prince Charles does wear.

When compared to his son, Prince Charles, the long time spouse of the Queen, Prince Phillip says their personalities are quite different.

According to Prince Phillip:

“He’s a romantic and I’m a pragmatist- that means we do see things differently. And because I don’t see things as a romantic would, I’m unfeeling.”

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Until his engagement to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles wore the ring given to him by Princess Diana. Currently he still wears a gold wedding ring under a signet ring on the little finger of his left hand.

Many have wondered why the royalty in this modern dispensation would not fancy wearing a wedding ring. In our time it appears there is something traditional and obligatory for men to wear their wedding rings.

But did you know that until WWII, men were not obliged to wear wedding rings? The soldiers opted for the ring so they could feel closer to their loved ones while they were gone for war.

For a range of reasons most women will not smile at the sight of their spouses not wearing their rings.

Some believe it shows some sort of equality.

Rachel Church had this to say:

“Maybe men and women both wearing weddings rings is a sign of more equality – it’s supposed to be something that ties them both in the same way.”

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Some others believe it is a “safeguard against adultery”. On that note David Miller, director at etiquette guide Debrett’s, says wearing a ring is no guarantee of fidelity.

“I don’t think a band on the finger will guarantee anybody’s fidelity – there are some more primitive urges at play there, I would suggest. But it’s a statement of commitment. It’s a celebration as well.”

Now while Kate Middleton wears the traditional Welsh gold ring given to her on her wedding day, Prince Williams does not and probably never will. Reason? “personal preference”. A reliable source confirms that the decision is one that Kate is happy with.

“It was something the couple discussed but Prince William isn’t one for jewelry- he doesn’t even wear a signet ring – and decided he didn’t want to. It really is just down to personal preference,” said St James Palace Aide.

What do you think about this? Is the Prince supposed to wear his wedding ring? Let us know in the comment section.