• Kate Middleton ditched her engagement ring while self-isolating
  • Kate Middleton and Prince William are already taking over the throne
  • Prince Charles is already out of isolation after testing positive for coronavirus

Kate Middleton ditched her iconic engagement ring but not her wedding band while self-isolating.

Kensington Palace shared snaps of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge while they are isolating on Instagram. The royal mom of three looks stunning in her pink suit. However, many noticed that one of her popular accessories is missing.

Middleton is wearing her wedding band. However, her iconic engagement ring that she inherited from Princess Diana after Prince William’s proposal is missing in the snaps.

According to People, Middleton’s decision to ditch her sapphire and diamond engagement ring and her diamond eternity band was done on purpose – doing so could help handwashing more effective which is essential in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

A 2018 study at Georgia State University found out that rings offer a “a protected area [on the skin] in which bacteria can flourish.” They observed that those who didn’t wear rings were able to kill more bacteria when washing their hands than those who wore rings.

Also, this isn’t the first time Middleton opted to not wear her engagement ring. She usually leaves the sapphire ring behind whenever she visits hospitals.

In January, Middleton left her bands at home when she joined a creative workshop run by the National Portrait Gallery’s Hospital Programme at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. According to reports, Prince William’s wife decided to not wear the accessories because the hospital has a policy on minimal jewelry and Middleton has to clean her hands thoroughly before entering the facility.

In related news, Prince William and Middleton have reportedly taken over the throne already. The Queen has reportedly made the Duke of Cambridge the prince regent while Her Majesty and the Prince of Wales keep themselves isolated amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Prince Charles tested positive for COVID-19, but he is already out of isolation after contracting the disease. A few days back the heir apparent thanked his supporters who wished him well amid his battle with coronavirus. Princess Maria Teresa of Spain's Bourbon-Parma was the first royal to die of COVID-19.

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Kate Middleton arrives to launch a new national support line at the charity Family Action on Jan. 22, 2019 in Lewisham, England.  Getty Images/Adrian Dennis