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Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer reveals details of ‘intimate’ friendship

As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex approach their second wedding anniversary, the stylist opened up about her “intimate” friendship with Meghan, 38. In a series of Instagram posts, the former artistic director of Givenchy praised Meghan’s warm and welcoming attitude. The British stylist wrote: “Two years ago today, I was in the final fittings for a very secret dress.

“So many emotions were running through me during those months leading up to the big day.”

She said “learning to let go of my emotions and embrace the feelings of someone you are designing for” was key to performing the task of creating a royal wedding gown.

And she said stepping into the bride’s shoes opens the door for an “incredibly beautiful relationship of trust and intimacy”.

Meghan’s dressed was embroidered with the 53 national flowers of the Commonwealth nations.

She said the Duchess wanted her dress to give off a sense of “classical timeless beauty”.

Meghan commission her to design the bateau neckline gown with three-quarter length sleeves and a fitted waist.

Ms Waight Keller had been working for the French luxury fashion house for six months when Meghan approached her.

She revealed how they struck up a bond in the run up to the Windsor wedding and how Meghan displayed admirable qualities.

Ms Waight Keller wrote: “From the very beginning everything felt different from what I would have expected.

“She was modern, with a fresh approach, warm and welcoming, completely disarming and joyful in every way.

“We struck it off instantly and a friendship began.

“Fittings were always a special time to chat, just us, it was a time of getting to know each other’s history and there are many memorable moments.”

Meghan and Harry, 35, will celebrate their second wedding anniversary on May 19.

The couple are hunkering down in a secluded home in Los Angeles during the coronavirus lockdown.

They have been spotted delivering meals to vulnerable people as part of Project Angel Food’s work in the city.

Both were wearing masks and casual clothing as they discreetly dropped off supplies to the city’s residents.

The couple will celebrate Archie’s first birthday on May 6.

The Sussexes had planned to hold a bash with their friends in Hollywood.

But due to the restrictions on public movement a party will not be possible.

The family-of-three last week held a Zoom call with the Queen to wish her a happy 94th birthday so they may turn to videoconferencing to connect with family members on Archie’s big day.


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