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The incredible meaning behind a never-before-seen piece of jewellery worn by Duchess Meghan

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared photos from a trip to Botswana in 2017.

By Anita Lyons
It's no secret that whatever Duchess Meghan wears, women around the world want to get their hands on the exact pieces immediately.
And now one of Meghan's favourite pieces of jewellery has been showcased on the Sussex Royal Instagram account, with royalists the world over clamouring to get a better look.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared some stunning photos of a trip they took to Botswana in 2017 to celebrate #WorldElephantDay.
While the photographs of the elephants were certainly a sight to see, it was a picture of Meghan's hands holding an elephant trunk which holds quite the significance.
On her right hand, Meghan is seen to be wearing a "Kismet" Milka ring, and on her left, a bracelet we've never seen her wear before.
The "Kismet" ring by Milka and an elephant hair bracelet. (Source: Instagram/Sussex Royal)
The idea of the bracelet (in the image above), which is made of silver steel, originated in Africa, however it used to be made from elephant hair. Seen as inhumane, it is now made from different materials, such as wire and beads.
The bracelet also holds a very special meaning, as it is meant to bring the wearer luck and is blessed with health, love, prosperity and progress.
In fact, the elephant itself is quite the spiritual symbol in Africa, and is said to connect heaven and earth.
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The bracelet will also carry a series of either two, four or six knots.
Each set of knots have a very special meaning, and as Meghan is wearing the one with two, this represents "fertility and ancestors".
Finally, where you wear the bracelet holds significance. The fact that the Duchess is wearing this on her left hand, signifies that someone special gave it to her and we're looking at you, Prince Harry!
Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. (Source: Getty Images)
The other stunning images on the post were of Prince Harry, walking towards an elephant with equipment in hand, and a series of other spectacular images - which could have been taken by the Prince himself.
"Today is #WorldElephantDay and we are pleased to announce that since we followed our friends at @ElephantswithoutBorders (EWB) on Instagram in July, when we were celebrating the environment, you and our friend @TheEllenFund (@TheEllenShow) have spread the word and EWB have been able to help protect 25 elephants by fitting them with satellite navigation collars!" the caption read.
Prince Harry, with equipment in hand, on the way to an elephant. (Source: Instagram/Sussex Royal)
Baby elephants playing in Botswana. Could Prince Harry have taken these? (Source: Instagram/Sussex Royal)
A herd of elephants basking in the African sun. (Source: Instagram/Sussex Royal)
Followed by: "Two years ago on World Elephant Day, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Dr Chase to help in this conservation effort. Below, a few words from Mike and his partner Kelly at EWB:
"Today is a day to honour and celebrate the majestic elephant and to make a strong stand for conserving and protecting one of the world's most beloved animals. elephants are intelligent, sentient beings capable of emotions from joy to grief. They are 'environmental engineers,' a key-stone umbrella species, and the fight to save them is in effect, a fight to save entire ecosystems and all wildlife.
"Today elephants are facing many challenges; habitat loss and competition for resources creates conflict with humans, climate change and fires destroy much needed resources and poaching for the demand of ivory makes elephants bigger targets than ever.
"African elephants are especially prone to human-wildlife conflict because of their large home ranges. Finding, preserving and creating elephant corridors is therefore of great importance in helping to maintain habitats suitable for movement and minimising human-elephant conflict.
"Corridors are a mitigation technique to better the livelihoods of local communities and the elephants themselves, by providing environment and ample space for wildlife to navigate from one habitat patch to another, without affecting the livelihoods of communities."

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