The entire left half of the shield comes from Prince Harry's coat of arms.
The right half is for the Duchess of Sussex’s new arms. Technically, the term for this side-by-side positioning in a shield is “impaling.” Awkward, but true!
The three quills symbolize “communication and the power of words.” Before she was a Duchess, Markle was a calligrapher (!) and had a lifestyle site, which she has since shut down. She’ll always have quills.
The blue represents the Pacific Ocean and Markle’s California roots.
These might just look like stripes but Kensington Palace assures us they are “two golden rays,” also representative of California, a.k.a. the “sunshine state.”
Also a nod to Markle’s California roots. Kensington Palace called these “golden poppies,” but these papery orange delights sure look like California poppies.
Wintersweet, also known as Japanese Allspice, grows at Kensington Palace, and likely in the gardens of royal enthusiasts worldwide soon.
The songbird is Markle’s “supporter”—sort of like a royal spirit animal. The palace noted its elevated wings and open beak.
The lion with the crown is Prince Harry’s supporter. Anyone who watched the first 30 minutes of the Harry and Meghan Lifetime movie knows that. (Does the songbird have him on a vegan diet? He’s gaunt.)
A coronet is like a crown, and this one apparently dates back to 1917, and contains “two crosses patée, four fleurs-de-lys, and two strawberry leaves.”