How Meghan Markle Kept Her Wedding Dress a Secret, Even From Prince Harry
The newest royal went to great lengths to make sure no one knew details about the stunning gown.
Like most grooms, Prince Harry didn't know the full details of his bride's gown, since it was pretty much shrouded in secrecy until the morning of their wedding.
Meghan Markle had been working covertly with British designer Clare Waight Keller for French fashion house Givenchy until the wedding day.
The British designer became Givenchy’s first female artistic director last year, Kensington Palace announced Saturday.
Clare Waight Keller helped the bride adjust her train and veil as she ascended the steps of St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle Saturday.
The two had reportedly been meeting in secret since January inside the designers London home.
From start to finish, it took 3,900 hours over four months to make the dress.
The bride also wowed the world with her veil and 16-foot cathedral length train.
Her spectacular veil was embroidered with some very meaningful designs including a California poppy, a nod to her home state.
Each flower was embroidered by hand. Workers had to wash their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and silk threads pristine.
The wedding shoes are based on a Givenchy refined pointed couture design made of a silk duchess satin.
And the blushing bride didn't stick to just one stunning dress.
For the evening reception, she changed into a slinky halter neck gown, made from silk crepe, by Stella McCartney.
The cost of that gown was $107,000.
Meghan Markle stunned the world with her pricey wedding gown Saturday, but you don't have to be a royal to afford one.
No price of Markle’s wedding dress has been officially released, but her Givenchy dress could have costed over $250,000.
One of Paige's dresses, an off-the-shoulder gown similar to Markle's, retails for $2,000.
Paige added a diamond-studded belt and opened the back "to give it a sexiness."
Paige also had a halter neck dress like Markle's McCartney dress, which also retails for $2,000.
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