Sunday 24 June 2018

Meghan Markle's wedding dress: what our fashion panel thought

The wedding of the year has come and gone - but what about the dress?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding
Meghan Markle glances back towards her mother, Doria Ragland, as she leaves St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle with Prince Harry following their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Meghan Markle and her bridal walk down the aisle of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrives accompanied by the Prince of Wales in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Meghan Markle and her bridal party arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Caitlin McBride in Windsor

Meghan Markle marked her official foray in the British royal family with a timeless dress for the ages, according to our panel of fashion experts.

The new bride, who wed Prince Harry this afternoon in a dreamy ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor, shocked fashion insiders the world over with her choice of designer - a wildcard who wasn't even rumoured to be the running - with Claire Weight Keller for Givenchy.

Meghan Markle leaves St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after her wedding to Prince Harry in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Gareth Fuller/Pool via REUTERS
Meghan Markle leaves St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after her wedding to Prince Harry in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Gareth Fuller/Pool via REUTERS

The idea of a French fashion house designing a gown for a British princess is unheard-of, but Ms Weight Keller hails from Birmingham - and apparently she knows how to keep a secret.

"I think it represented her style perfectly. It was sleek and minimal, which is what we've seen a lot of from Meghan and Givenchy was a curve ball designer," leading Irish stylist Corina Gaffey told us.

"That neckline was absolutely stunning. When you marry into the monarchy, there's no room for playfulness or embellishment, this dress will stand the test of time. It was very Audrey Hepburn-inspired, who was a Givenchy bride."

Fashion broadcaster and stylist Lorna Claire Weightman had similar praise for the American actress, saying: "She is a natural born princesses.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Andrew Matthews/Pool via REUTERS
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Andrew Matthews/Pool via REUTERS

"Her choice of Claire Weight Keller for Givenchy was completely unexpected and it was in keeping with her work at Celine, where it was very clean and minimal.

"I was actually a little overwhelmed and emotional at how beautiful she looked and I think a lot of people were the same."

Despite getting the seal of approval, many were quick to address the seemingly ill fit around the bust.

"I think from certain angles, it looked that, the top half didn't look as if it fit properly, but who cares? Her whole look from head to toe was flawless.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after their wedding in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Gareth Fuller/Pool via REUTERS
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after their wedding in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Gareth Fuller/Pool via REUTERS

"The fact that she incorporated the 53 countries of the Commonwealth in her veil - what a gorgeous touch."

Corina believes the fit may be down to her build.

"I think it was just a heavy brush of satin and she is quite petite. This dress ticks all the right boxes."

The verdict is in: Princess Meghan is a fashion force to be reckoned with.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding
Meghan Markle glances back towards her mother, Doria Ragland, as she leaves St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle with Prince Harry following their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Meghan Markle and her bridal walk down the aisle of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrives accompanied by the Prince of Wales in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Meghan Markle and her bridal party arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

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