Meghan Markle's coat of arms pays tribute to California roots

Lawrence Kim
May 28, 2018

The blending of Meghan's past and future is represented on the shield by the presence of both poppies, California's state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace, where Meghan and Harry live.

The three quills represent communication and the power of words and could even allude to her outspoken nature on a number of issues she's passionate about such as feminism. The duchess' communication skills are also a theme of the design.

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The side of the shield positioned next to the songbird is blue, to represent the Pacific Ocean situated off the California coastline where Markle is from, according to a release from the Palace.

The three quills on the shield are also symbols of communication and the power of words, a flawless fit for the Duchess of Sussex considering her strong support of women's rights. It is customary for wives of members of the Royal Family to have their coat of arms feature one of their husband's supporters and one relating to themselves.

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People, the songbird is meant to represent Markle's outspoken nature and passion for activism. The figures holding the shield up are known as Supporters.

Organisations can also have their own coats of arms.

The "Suits" star spoke sweetly about her new husband Prince Harry as she marked their royal union at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Can anyone have a coat of arms?

You can also have a coat of arms by being directly related (down the male line) to a person to whom arms were given.

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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