Meghan Markle's coat of arms revealed

What Kate's fave designer has to say about Meghan's wedding dress

What Kate's fave designer has to say about Meghan's wedding dress

"The Duchess worked closely with the College of Arms to create a Coat of Arms that was both personal and representative", the palace announced on Instagram.

Since her engagement to Prince Harry in November, Meghan has held meetings with Cohen for briefings about the Commonwealth and the workings of the monarchy - all likely quite unfamiliar for the American-born Duchess.

However, given Thomas Markle's situation in the days leading up to the royal wedding, the coat of arms was gifted directly to the Duchess of Sussex, herself, and makes no reference to the Markle family name.

It features a blue background that represents the Pacific Ocean and golden rays of sunshine reminiscent of California, her home state in America. Taken together, these are meant to represent the power of the written word.

Flowers are also prominent in the design, with golden poppies, California's state flower, and wintersweet, a flower that grows at Kensington Palace, adorning the bottom of the Arms.

On the other side of the shield is Prince Harry's coat of arms.

Traditionally wives of members of the Royal Family have two - one of their husband's supporters on the shield and one relating to themselves. The design, which was approved by Queen Elizabeth II and Mr. Thomas Woodcock (Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England), was shared by the royal family on Friday. "It is composed of two crosses patée, four fleurs-de-lys and two strawberry leaves". The supporter the Duchess chose is a songbird with wings elevated and an open beak which, with the quill, "represents the power of communication", the palace said.

The Duchess of Sussex has also been assigned a Coronet, which is a small crown. People said the design will likely be unveiled in a couple years. It even includes a pull quote from Markle's 2015 International Women's Day UN speech, which says, "I am proud to be a woman and a feminist".

This could include ancestors dating back to before 1783, when Britain recognised American independence.

Coats of arms date back to 12th century and were traditionally worn over armour in tournaments so participants could identify their opponents.

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