Clare Waight Keller reflects on the design of Meghan’s wedding dress

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal wedding in 2018 was watched by the world – almost 30 million people on TV alone, to be precise – with all eyes on the dress of the bride Clare Waight Keller designed for Givenchy couture.

Four years later, the creator reflected on the historic moment in the latest episode of Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan.

“Looking at the design of the dress, there were a lot of conversations about how you want to present yourself to the world,” the British designer explained. “Most of us have a wedding with 70 to 100 people. It was billions of people watching.”

She added: “It has to be flawless, it has to be perfect.”

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Meghan walked down the aisle in Keller’s Givenchy design, which was widely praised for its elegant simplicity. The understated dress was floor-length and featured long sleeves with a bateau neckline – and reflected Meghan’s classic personal style beautifully.

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The bride wore the silk cady dress with a five-meter-long lace-edged cathedral veil depicting flora from each of the 53 Commonwealth countries. It was held in place by Queen Mary’s beautiful diamond bandeau tiara, which was originally made in 1932 and lent to Meghan by the late Queen.

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“We wanted to create a timeless piece that would underline Givenchy’s iconic codes throughout its history, as well as convey modernity through clean lines and clean cuts,” Waight Keller said at the time. “In contrast, the delicate floral beauty of the veil was a vision Meghan and I shared, a special gesture embracing the flora of the Commonwealth, rolling up the circumference of the silk tulle.”

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Meghan and Prince Harry’s docuseries – detailing their experiences as senior royals and their relationship with the press – has set new records as Netflix’s most successful documentary to date.

Harry & Meghan got more viewing time than any other documentary in the streaming platform’s history in its first week. The first three episodes have logged 81.55 million viewing hours worldwide, with more than 28 million households watching.

The three-episode first episode debuted on December 8, with the second part available to stream on Netflix from December 15. Watch the trailer for part two, here:

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