This is the One American Tradition Harry Will Honor at the Royal Wedding

The prince is breaking with his father and brother by doing this.

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When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take their vows at the wedding at St. George's Chapel on Saturday, the prince is going to make a huge statement about his commitment to Meghan while honoring a very American wedding tradition — he is going to wear a wedding ring.

The Palace just released the Order of Service for the ceremony and it indicates there will be "an exchange of rings" between Harry and Meghan.

Most royal men do not wear wedding rings "out of personal preference" according to my source close to the palace. Prince Charles did not wear one when he married Princess Diana and Prince William did not exchange rings with Kate Middleton when they wed.

Every royal bride's wedding band, including Diana's, Kate's and Camilla Parker Bowles', was made from a nugget of Welsh gold, said to be among the most expensive in the world. If Meghan were to give Harry a ring, it's unclear if she could use that for the design, or purchase it elsewhere.

Harry, has gone along with "Americanizing his wedding in order to make Meghan happy," said my source, "He is happy to wear a wedding ring . He feels like he has honored the key royal and British traditions and wants to do this for his bride if it's important to her."

Harry and Meghan both wear the same beaded "love bracelet" he purchased in Africa and the prince personally designed the bride to be's engagement ring with a large stone from Botswana and two smaller diamonds from Princess Diana's collection.

"This is their wedding and they've done things their way. This is one more twist they have put on tradition."

Diane Clehane is a New York-based journalist and author of Imagining Diana and Diana: The Secrets of Her Style.

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