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Meghan Markle’s 40th birthday has reignited interest in Welsh gold according to the latest Google Trends data.

Google searches for ‘Welsh gold jewellery’ have been at their highest levels in the last five years through the first half of 2021, beating a previous peak just after Prince Harry and Markle’s wedding in May 2018 by almost 25%.

The reason for the interest is that the Royal Family has a history of using Welsh gold in its jewellery, with Markle’s wedding ring being no different.

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The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding ring was made of pure Welsh gold according to Welsh jewellery brand Clogau’s website, marking the 95th year of the Royal tradition for wedding bands made from the metal mined in Wales.

The tradition goes back to the Queen Mother’s own wedding in 1923. She wore a ring made from gold mined in the St David’s Clogau mine.

Now, the Express reports, Clogau has invested £20,000 in a 30-gram gold nugget that will continue its legacy of producing pieces like Markle’s.

The Express quoted Clogau managing director, Ben Roberts, as saying: “The first we heard about the golden nugget was through the media.

“Everyone was so excited about this rare piece, I just knew I had to get into the auction.

“I tracked it down and made sure I was first in line to make the purchase.”