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Meghan Markle considered designers Burberry, Roland Mouret, Erdem for royal wedding dress

Stylist and close pal Jessica Mulroney was integral to the bride finding 'the one'

Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

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Meghan Markle was considering Burberry and Roland Mouret to design her wedding dress.

The newly anointed Duchess of Sussex eventually chose British designer Clare Waight Keller - the artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy - to create her stunning boat neck silk gown and five-metre veil for her wedding to Prince Harry at St. George's chapel, after with the best friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney told the bride-to-be her search for the perfect royal wedding dress needed to begin "ASAP".

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as they leave from the West Door of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Photo: Ben Stansall, WPA Pool/Getty Images
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as they leave from the West Door of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Photo: Ben Stansall, WPA Pool/Getty Images

However, Meghan reportedly knew she wanted something modern and elegant to capture her new status as part of the British royal family and had saved "bridal inspo" pictures from Instagram, Pinterest and various fashion websites to help her narrow down the designers contending to create the historic dress.

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A source told Harper's Bazaar: "Designers from every big name in fashion you can think of were on that first list, Burberry, Ralph and Russo, Erdem, Roland Mouret, Stella [McCartney]."

A meeting was set up between 47-year-old Clare and Meghan, 36, and after the 'Suits' actress was convinced that she was the right person to create her gown, a nondisclosure agreement was drafted and work began on the top secret gown, veil and train in private workspaces at the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris and a secret location in London.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding service Windsor, Britain May 19, 2018. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding service Windsor, Britain May 19, 2018. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Claire said the moment Meghan put on the dress with her mother Doria Ragland on the day of the nuptials was an "emotional" moment for her, but she remained calm and "composed".

She revealed: "She was just glowing, there's so much emotion on a day like that, but I think particularly when it all comes together, it's tremendous. She was absolutely radiant. She was incredibly composed. It was really quite extraordinary."

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and some of the wedding party.
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and some of the wedding party.

And the designer was on hand throughout the ceremony and the official portrait session with photographer Alexi Lubomirski - who shot the couple's engagement pictures - to ensure the dress fell perfectly and she was also delighted that Prince Harry was thrilled with her creation.

She said: "He just came up to me and said, 'Oh my God, thank you. She looks absolutely stunning.'"

Mr & Mrs: the new Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle sports a bespoke Stella McCartney halter-neck gown at the after party of her wedding to Prince Harry. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Mr & Mrs: the new Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle sports a bespoke Stella McCartney halter-neck gown at the after party of her wedding to Prince Harry. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Meghan changed into a custom Stella McCartney high-neck, sleeveless gown for the evening reception at Frogmore House and paired the dress with an aquamarine cocktail ring from Princess Diana's personal collection, thought to be a gift from Harry, 33.

Meghan attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain May 22, 2018. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via Reuters
Meghan attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain May 22, 2018. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via Reuters
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an Ascot Landau along the Long Walk after their wedding in St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an Ascot Landau along the Long Walk after their wedding in St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS
Meghan Markle rides in an Ascot Landau carriage after her wedding to Prince Harry at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an Ascot Landau carriage after their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan wave as they ride a horse-drawn carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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