Saturday 15 December 2018

Revealed: The eye-watering cost of Meghan Markle's stunning engagement photo gown

A third official engagement photo released by Kensington Palace of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle taken by Alexi Lubomirski earlier this week at Frogmore House, Windsor.
A third official engagement photo released by Kensington Palace of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle taken by Alexi Lubomirski earlier this week at Frogmore House, Windsor.

Tony Jones

Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle have marked their engagement by releasing a series of romantic photos. However, it was the price of Meghan's dress that set tongues wagging.

The Ralph & Russo gown worn by Meghan as she sat on the steps of Frogmore House, a royal retreat near Windsor Castle, reportedly costs €65,000.

The one-of-a-kind couture garment features a sheer, embellished top and black ruffled silk skirt.

It's reported that the dress by the British fashion house was privately purchased, although it is not clear who bought it or whether the full price was paid.

In this handout photo provided by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos at Frogmore House in December, 2017 in Windsor, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images)
In this handout photo provided by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos at Frogmore House in December, 2017 in Windsor, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images)

It's a far cry from the high street style often worn by Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, who chose a dress from UK retail chain Reiss for her engagement photos.

In another image, Meghan opted to wear a jumper by Victoria Beckham, costing nearly €800.

Harry kept wrapped up against the cold in a Burberry coat in an image in the grounds of the house.

Meghan holds the prince's face, with her engagement ring prominent, as he wraps his arms around her.

In this handout photo provided by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos at Frogmore House in December, 2017 in Windsor, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images)
In this handout photo provided by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos at Frogmore House in December, 2017 in Windsor, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images)

Harry and Meghan's photos were taken by fashion and celebrity photographer Alexi Lubomirski earlier this week at the house in Windsor.

The intimate portrait of the couple embracing was published alongside a formal picture of them sitting together holding hands. A third picture, a more candid image showing them walking arm in arm was also released.

In an Instagram message posted alongside the final photo, Kensington Palace said: "Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments following the release of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle's engagement photographs.

"The couple are so grateful for the warm and generous messages they have received during such a happy time in their lives.

"As a way to say thank you, they have decided to share this candid photo from the day of their portrait sittings directly with all of you."

The official engagement portrait strikes a very different note to the couple's first public appearance as an engaged couple outside Kensington Palace.

On that occasion, Meghan wore a simple cream coat from Line The Label while showing off her engagement ring for the cameras.

Harry and Meghan have followed a long royal tradition of issuing pictures to mark engagements.

Other couples who published images ahead of their weddings have included William and Kate, and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, when they were known as Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Harry and Meghan will wed on May 19.

 

Herald

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