Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer explains true meaning behind Duchess’ veil


Meghan Markle walked down the aisle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and said “I do” to Prince Harry back in May 2018. The couple not only became husband and wife on that very special day, but also the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. In an interview with Meghan’s wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller from Givenchy discussed the first time she met the bride and how they came to include one very important aspect in Meghan’s veil. 

Back in 2018, Clare said down with The Royal Family Channel and recalled the conversations she and Meghan had about her wedding dress. 

Claire said: “ I hadn’t worked with Meghan before but she contacted me late last year, and I hugely admire her work with charity so that was something, I was very interested to meet her. 

“It was really quite extraordinary [when she asked me to design her dress] and took me back – ‘I am so flattered and incredibly proud to be part of this wonderful moment, I’m so excited to work with you’. 

“What I really felt was she had an idea of what she wanted and of course, in a moment like this, when you’re designing a dress there’s a lot of ideas that go around – I truly do believe we worked very closely together on bringing ideas to the table. 

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“We talked about what we wanted to do in terms of embracing some of the royal connections in there, and a lot of the work that she’s going to probably do in the future is probably going to be connected to the Commonwealth. 

“So that was something I really thought could be quite compelling.” 

Claire explained: “Part of the discussions around the veil was ‘What were we going to do?’ 

“Would it be a lace edge, border, and I said ‘wouldn’t it be amazing if we took the 53 countries of the Commonwealth and embroidered the flower and some flora and fauna from each one of those and they would go up the aisle – that journey up the aisle with you?’ 

“It’s a wonderful embracing aspect of the whole ceremony.” 

Royal fans loved the dress and many commented on its simplicity. 

YouTube user Bichonmom R commented: “The dress was magnificent. Timeless, classic, extraordinary. Well done.”

Jecka1982 added: “The veil was incredible! I loved it.”

Lottie J said: “Stunning dress. Timeless and classic piece that truly fit Meghan’s style. Gorgeous!” 

Someone called caramelhone29 wrote: “Beautiful, classy and elegant. That veil was a showstopper.”

This was not the only dress Meghan wore on her wedding day. 

For the evening reception, Meghan chose a white dress by designer Stella McCartney. 

A statement from Kensington Palace at the time read: “The Bride’s evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe.

“The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue.”



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