Days after the royal wedding, another fun detail pertaining to Meghan Markle's newly royal status has been revealed. As Kensington Palace shared on May 25, Meghan Markle was given a coat of arms. Based on what the palace describes, the coat of arms has a ton of significance relating back to the Duchess of Sussex's American roots.
An article on the royal family's website, which accompanied the coat of arms reveal, describes how the design came to be. The post notes that, of course, Queen Elizabeth approved of it. Additionally, Thomas Woodcock, who is the garter king of arms and senior herald in England, approved of it, as well. Markle, or Her Royal Highness, worked closely alongside the College of Arms, which creates the designs, in order to create an emblem that accurately represented herself.
There are many details in the coat of arms that relate back to her California roots, seeing as though she was born and raised in the state. The blue background on the shield ties back to the Pacific Ocean. On the grass, which adorns the bottom of the piece, there's a field full of poppies, which are the official flower of Markle's home state.
They're not the only flowers on the coat of arms, though. There are also wintergreen in the grass, which grow in Kensington Palace, aka her new home. So, the duchess is not only honoring her roots but is also embracing her new royal life with the coat of arms, as well.
The palace also shared that Markle's Supporter, which is the animal that sits to the right of the shield, comes in the form of a songbird. The songbird's stance, with its open beak and raised wings, along with the quills on the right portion of the shield, represent the power of communication. The other Supporter, the lion, on the emblem ties back to her husband, Prince Harry, and his own coat of arms, which was given to him on his 18th birthday back in 2002, per Hello! Magazine.
It's interesting to note that in the palace's official statement relating to Markle's coat of arms, there was no mention of her father, Thomas Markle. Typically, a coat of arms, which would represent the entire family, is given to the father of the family prior to a royal wedding, as People reported back in March. However, no such gift was given. And, in this latest statement, there was no mention of the duchess' lack of a family coat of arms or a mention of her family, at all. But, it just appears that she's once again bucking tradition and forging ahead with her own, independent emblem.
Prior to her wedding to Prince William, Kate Middleton's father, Michael Middleton, was granted a Middleton family coat of arms in April 2011, as The Daily Mail reported. After her father was given the coat of arms, the Duchess of Cambridge was then able to use the emblem, as well, along with the entire Middleton family. In turn, she was able to use the Middleton emblem when she and William received their own conjugal coat of arms. The duke and duchess received their combined emblem from the queen back in 2013, two years after they wed, as People noted.
Now that Markle has received her own coat of arms, she and Harry will be able to receive their own conjugal coat of arms containing both of their individual ones, just like William and Kate. Although, it could be some time until that emblem is released, as it did take two years for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to receive theirs.
Regardless of when Duke and Duchess of Sussex receive their conjugal coat of arms, Markle, at least, has her own special emblem to call her own right now.