- The Mail on Sunday published an excerpt of royal expert Katie Nicholl’s upcoming book.
- In “The New Royals,” she wrote that the Queen was “surprised” Meghan Markle wore a white wedding dress.
- Meghan was married once before she and Prince Harry tied the knot.
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One of the most memorable aspects of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s 2018 wedding was the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown.
Meghan wore an off-the-shoulder Givenchy dress designed by Clare Waight Keller.
The stark-white dress had quarter-length sleeves and a dramatic train, and Meghan looked like a member of the royal family thanks to the veil and tiara she wore with the elegant gown.
Meghan Markle wore a Givenchy dress on her wedding day.
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Meghan changed into a halter-style dress from Stella McCartney for the reception, which was also white.
Although Meghan’s wedding dress was gorgeous, Queen Elizabeth II “had reservations” about it, according to an excerpt of Katie Nicholl’s upcoming book, “The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown,” which was published by the Mail on Sunday.
“The Queen was surprised that Meghan wore pure white on her wedding day,” an unnamed source told Nicholl for the book, as her marriage to Harry wasn’t her first.
Meghan was married to producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013.
“Perhaps it’s a generational thing, but she believes if you’ve been married before, you wear off-white on your wedding day, which is what the Duchess of Cornwall did,” the source went on to tell Nicholl of the Queen’s thoughts on wedding fashion.
TRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, depart the Civil Ceremony where they were legally married, at The Guildhall, Windsor on April 9, 2005 in Berkshire, England.
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Indeed, Camilla, the Queen Consort, wore a cream dress and coat from Robinson Valentine to her and King Charles III’s civil ceremony in 2005, and she changed into a light-blue dress for the blessing of her and King Charles’ marriage.
Camilla has re-worn her civil ceremony dress in the years since she and the king got married.
Nicholl’s book also notes that there was tension in the royal family in the weeks leading up to Harry and Meghan’s wedding, pointing to the argument between Meghan and Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, over Princess Charlotte’s flower girl dress.
Lady Elizabeth Anson, the Queen’s late cousin, also told Nicholl that Prince Harry “shouted” at the Queen’s royal dresser Angela Kelly in the days leading up to his and Meghan’s wedding.
“What Meghan wants, Meghan gets,” he yelled as Anson told Nicholl, leading the Queen to give him a “stern telling-off.”