Stella McCartney shares bittersweet meaning behind Meghan Markle’s wedding dress

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WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leave Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

“It was the last moment that she could reflect the other side to her.” 

In her life before becoming engaged to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was a successful actress, lifestyle blogger, and activist for charitable causes and sustainability.

So it makes sense that she chose to reflect this side of her in her royal wedding gown.

As all those who watched the star-studded nuptials will know already, the Duchess of Sussex donned a minimalist gown, which had been designed by Clare Waight Keller, for her wedding ceremony.

Later that day, however, Markle changed into a Stella McCartney gown ahead of the evening ‘do at Frogmore House.

Featuring a high-neck style, the bespoke lily white wedding dress was made of silk crepe – which Markle teamed with a pair of shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, the soles of which were painted baby blue.

And, while many have already praised the newest member of the royal family for using her wedding to promote eco-conscious fashion, McCartney has since revealed there was another bittersweet meaning behind her design.

Meghan Markle wedding reception dress

Meghan Markle’s Stella McCartney gown 

Speaking to BBC News, McCartney reminded viewers that the role Markle now serves to the royal family is “very serious”.

As such, she wanted the evening gown to “reflect” the “joy and the human within” the former Suits star.

“The role that she’s taken on is very austere,” she said. “It’s very serious and I think there’s a great weight that she has acquired through that and she takes it very seriously.

“It was the last moment that she could reflect sort of the other side to her… the joy and the human within her.”

McCartney added: “You know it was very much her dress. And I felt very proud that she came to me for that part of the wedding, and that she got to reflect her in it. We worked together. When you come to a wedding, you don’t just go, ‘Here, this is what you’re wearing.’

“That person has to feel a million dollars; they need to feel like they own it.”

For those worried about all Markle has seemingly given up to join the royal family, it’s worth remembering that the actress previously insisted that she has made her peace with it.

“I don’t see it as giving anything up,” she said. “I just see it as a change. It’s a new chapter.”

She added that she feels satisfied with her work on the long-running TV series Suits, saying: “Keep in mind I’ve been working on my show for seven years, so we’re very, very fortunate to have that kind of longevity on a series and once we hit the 100th episode mark, I felt, ‘I’ve ticked this box.’

“I’m really proud to work on a team with [Harry].”

The prince, likewise, has explained that he made sure his partner knew early on that she would have to take on many responsibilities if the two ended up together.

“I know that I’m in love with this girl and I hope that she’s in love with me,” he said. “We still have to sit down on the sofa and I still had to have some pretty frank conversations with her and said what you’re letting yourself in for – it’s a big deal.

“It’s not easy for anybody, but I know that she chooses me and I choose her and whatever we have to tackle together or individually will always be us together as a team, and I think she’s capable of anything.”

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