The most expensive watches worn by the British royal family

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Doria Ragland, mother of the bride, depart after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Prince Charles likes to wear a Parmigiani Fleurier.

The British royal family is estimated to be worth $88 billion.

Given their staggering net worth, one would expect the wrists of Britain's monarchy to be glinting with the finest Swiss timepieces available, common accessories among the rich and famous. However, that's not necessarily the case.

It's surprisingly rare to see a royal sporting a watch at all these days - let alone one with a huge price tag - and it's even less common for those in direct line to the throne.

This might be because royals don't want to be seen checking the time at an event, because they know the tabloids would have a field day commenting on how bored they looked. Or, it might be because the royal family is playing down its opulence at a time when many Brits are bemoaning them as an outdated institution and a waste of taxpayers' money.

That being said, when the royals do step out wearing a timepiece, it's usually a very elegant choice.

Business Insider spoke to the experts at Crown & Caliber to determine the make and models of seven timepieces worn by key members of the royal family.

Scroll down to see them ranked in ascending order by the estimated price of a preowned model.

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Prince William, Omega Seamaster 300M — $2,050

Prince William, Omega Seamaster 300M — $2,050

Prince William's Omega Seamaster holds great sentimental value to the royal — it was reportedly a gift given to him by his late mother, Princess Diana.

Pricing source: Crown & Caliber

Meghan Markle, Cartier Tank Française — $3,000

Meghan Markle, Cartier Tank Française — $3,000

Meghan Markle is seldom seen with a watch on since becoming a member of the royal family.

Back when Meghan was just a celebrity, she was often spotted wearing a Cartier Tank Française.

Pricing source: Crown & Caliber

Prince Harry, Breitling Aerospace Avantage — $3,300

Prince Harry, Breitling Aerospace Avantage — $3,300

Prince Harry has a number of expensive watches in his collection, including a more valuable Rolex Explorer II, but he hasn't been spotted wearing either of them out and about in a number of years.

Pricing source: Crown & Caliber

Princess Beatrice, Rolex Air King — $3,850

Princess Beatrice, Rolex Air King — $3,850

While she is frequently spotted watchless, Princess Beatrice has been seen sporting her Rolex Air King in stainless steel to fashion shows and other high-profile events.

Pricing source: Crown & Caliber

Kate Middleton, Cartier Ballon Bleu — $8,214

Kate Middleton, Cartier Ballon Bleu — $8,214

Like Meghan, Kate Middleton is also a Cartier fan, as it turns out. Kate is often spotted wearing her Cartier Ballon Bleu to public events.

Pricing source: Crown & Caliber

Prince Andrew, Rolex Day-Date — $11,500

Prince Andrew, Rolex Day-Date — $11,500

According to Crown & Caliber, the Duke of York has been sporting his Rolex Day-Date for about 25 years — so it's safe to say he's a one-watch kind of guy.

Pricing source: Crown & Caliber

Prince Charles, Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Chronograph — $12,500

Prince Charles, Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Chronograph — $12,500

Parmigiani Fleurier, one of the more niche Swiss watch houses, is the Prince of Wales' brand of choice. His chronograph is often tucked discreetly beneath his cuff (as above).

According to Crown & Caliber, he's also been seen wearing Cartier and Patek Philippe watches in the past.

Pricing source: Chrono24

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