The Duchess of Sussex looked to her first date with Prince Harry to fulfil an old bridal tradition
Meghan Markle has revealed that she used a piece of the dress she wore on her first date with Prince Harry as her “something blue” on their wedding day.
The Duchess of Sussex says she had fabric from the outfit stitched into her Givenchy bridal gown for the “magical” day in May, nearly two years after the couple first met.
“It’s fabric from the dress that I wore on our first date,” Meghan says, as she looks back at her wedding dress for new ITV documentary, Queen Of The World.
“It’s nice to see it again. It’s beautiful,” she adds, as she re-visits the minimalist haute couture gown with its distinctive boat neck.
Harry and Meghan first met in July 2016, after they were set up by a mutual friend on a blind date. “[We] met for a drink, and then I think very quickly into that we said, ‘Well what are we doing tomorrow?’ We should meet again,” Meghan recalled, in the duo’s engagement interview.
Just a few weeks later, they shared an intimate trip together in Botswana, where, as Harry says, “We camped out with each other under the stars.”
In this latest interview, Meghan also reveals that she only saw her signature five-metre-long veil on the morning of the wedding - such was the extent that she trusted Givenchy artistic director, Clare Waight Keller.
The silk veil was embroidered with floral detail representing all 53 countries of the Commonwealth, as well as two other of the bride’s favourite flowers; Wintersweet (found in the couple’s home grounds of Kensington Palace) and the California poppy (in a nod to Meghan’s roots).
“It was important for me, especially now being a part of the Royal Family, to have all 53 of the Commonwealth countries incorporated,” she says. “And I knew that it would be a fun surprise as well for my now husband, who didn’t know, and he was really over the moon to find out that I would make this choice for our day together.
“And I think the other members of the family had a similar reaction, and just appreciation for the fact that we understand how important this is for us and the role that we play, and the work that we’re going to continue to do within the Commonwealth countries.”
The dress is due to appear in a new exhibition at Windsor Castle, where the royal couple tied the knot at St George’s Chapel earlier this year.
ITV’s two-part series explores the Queen’s role on a global stage, examining how she is passing her Commonwealth duties onto younger members of the royal family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to make their first major Commonwealth tour to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji next month.
“It’s such an exciting time for us,” Meghan says.
Watch a trailer for the documentary, airing on Tuesday, below.