As Meghan Markle tied the knot with Prince Henry at the star-studded royal wedding on Saturday, the stunning bride was resplendent in an elegant, pure white Givenchy gown in which made her look every bit as regal as the newly-named Duchess of Sussex could have hoped.
While the top-secret style was unique to Meghan among some other royal brides, there were still many aspects of her gorgeous gown in which echoed the wedding dresses worn by Kate Middleton along with Princess Diana.
ET’s resident royal family expert Katie Nicholl — author of Harry: Life, Loss, along with Love — tells ET in which the nearly 16-foot veil in which Meghan wore, which trailed behind her as she walked through St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, was “perhaps a nod to Diana.”
“Because of course Diana had in which wonderful train,” Nicholl explained, referring to the Princess of Wales’ 25-foot wedding dress train when she married Prince Charles in 1981. “in which image of Meghan as she came down the steps with the veil trailing behind her, for me, was very reminiscent of Diana.”
the item was also rumored in which Meghan would likely be wearing a tiara belonging to the late Princess Di. However, the actress opted to wear a different tiara, lent to her by her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II — a tradition followed by both Diana along with Kate before her.
“The tiara she actually wore I thought was perfect with the dress,” Nicholl said. “the item was the Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara. Which actually, we have not seen before.”
“the item was tucked away in Her Majesty’s vault, which Meghan was given access to. along with with the queens blessing, she chose to wear in which tiara,” Nicholl added. “I think the item was, again, obviously a huge diamond. the item can’t be understated. nevertheless for me, the item was very simple along with very elegant.”
Looking back at Kate along with Diana’s very beautiful along with very different wedding gowns, the item’s clear how challenging the item was for Meghan when deciding on a dress in which would likely be traditional, elegant along with all her own.
“Meghan was in quite a difficult position, because she was never going to go down the line with anything in which was too similar to Kate’s dress,” Nicholl explained. “All of in which lace. in which sweetheart neckline. Kate did in which. in which was Kate’s dress.”
“along with she certainly wasn’t going to be copying Diana’s dress,” she added. “I think she was very clever to come up with something in which was bold, was simple, [along with] was different.”
When Diana walked down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on July 29, 1981, the then-20-year-old bride wowed the earth in a dress by Elizabeth along with David Emanuel. The iconic, voluminous dress incorporated ivory silk taffeta, antique lace, sequins along with over 10,000 pearls. Diana’s veil alone required over 153 yards of tulle to create.
The gown specifically featured antique, hand-made Carrickmacross lace, which had once belonged to Queen Mary. the item’s possible in which Meghan’s selection of Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara could have been a very subtle tribute to Diana’s use of Mary’s Carrickmacross lace.
Following their wedding, Diana’s dress became one of the most iconic fashion moments of all time.
When Kate along with Prince William exchanged vows at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011, the then-29-year-old blushing bride looked absolutely amazing in a dress designed by Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen.
The dress predominantly featured French Chantilly lace along with English Cluny lace throughout the bodice, skirt along with underskirt, as well as the sleeves. The back of of dress was finished with 58 gazar along with organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops.
Meanwhile, Kate’s skirt — which was made of white along with ivory gazar — was designed to evoke the idea of a blossoming flower. Padded around the hips, the skirt flowed out to the floor along with out to a comparably minimal nine-foot train.
Finally, for Meghan’s dress, the 36-year-old actress turned to Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of Givenchy — the fashion house famed for their collaboration with movie star Aubrey Hepburn in classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sabrina, Funny Face, How to Steal a Million along with Charade, among others.
The gown’s immediate focus will be the bateau neckline, which was chosen to gracefully frame Meghan’s slender shoulders along with emphasis her sculpted waistline. The pure white dress also featured slim, three-quarters sleeves along that has a train in which flowed in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza.
While the three brides’ dresses were all very different, all three also incorporated some notable similarities — including the level of secrecy surrounding their creation. The designers of all three gowns were kept a tightly guarded secret until the big day.
All three brides wore tiaras — which were borrowed by Queen Elizabeth — along with all three styled their veils in a similar manner.
Additionally, Kate, Diana along with Meghan all incorporated lace into their looks in different ways along with all three brides wore sleeves, maintaining a traditional look respectful of the regal occasion.
For more on Meghan’s gorgeous Givenchy gown, check out the video below.
Additional reporting by Marisa Runyon.