Monday 16 September 2019

'Meghan wouldn't try and upstage a future queen' - Royal biographer on why Meghan's wedding dress won't cost more than Kate Middleton's £150K gown

Meghan will have taken the cost and style of Kate Middleton's wedding dress into consideration when choosing her own, says

Meghan Markle during a visit to the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn, where, along with Prince Harry, she attended an event to mark the second year of youth-led peace-building initiative Amazing the Space
Meghan Markle during a visit to the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn, where, along with Prince Harry, she attended an event to mark the second year of youth-led peace-building initiative Amazing the Space
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

The gilded wedding invites are in the post and Meghan's favourite London-based baker is presumably hard at work creating her best elderflower-flavoured buttercream yet, but one detail that will most likely remain a mystery right up until 12pm on the 19th of May is just what Meghan will be wearing.

Along with speculation of just who has got the possible career-defining job of creating the gown for what is sure to be (if it's not already) one of the most talked about weddings of the decade, many have been hypothesizing about the possible cost of such a gown.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Eikon Centre and attend an event to mark the second year of the youth-led peace-building initiative 'Amazing the Space' on March 23, 2018 in Lisburn, Nothern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Eikon Centre and attend an event to mark the second year of the youth-led peace-building initiative 'Amazing the Space' on March 23, 2018 in Lisburn, Nothern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Rumours that the dress was costing in the region of £400K however have been rubbished by one royal biographer who says that Meghan's dress will more than likely not cost more than her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton's wedding dress from 2011.

“There have been reports that [Meghan is] considering spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on a wedding dress," Katie Nicholl, the author of Harry: Life, Loss and Love, told Entertainment Tonight, "I think that’s incredibly unlikely,”

“Kate Middleton's dress cost 150,000 pounds. It was her parents, Carol and Michael Middleton, who paid for that bill. I think it was very unlikely that Meghan would spend more than that and in doing so try and upstage a future queen.”

Nicholl also added that bride-to-be Meghan is acutely aware of the fact that choosing something 'over the top' for the occasion won't go down well with the British public.

Meghan Markle departs from a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle departs from a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

“I think Meghan is very sensible,” she said. “She understands what the perception will be of this gown. I don’t think she's going to want to get royal life off to a start where she's criticized for spending something like 400,000 pounds on a wedding dress.”

She does however note that Meghan will be aware of the importance of the gown and the aesthetics of the wedding on a historical scale, and that that will have influenced her choice of dress for the occasion, adding that she thinks the bride-to-be might choose Stuart Parvin - the queen's favourite couturier - to create the gown.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 12: Meghan Markle receives flowers as she leaves after attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 12: Meghan Markle receives flowers as she leaves after attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)

“It’s got to fit for the occasion, it’s got to suit the regal historical backdrop that is Windsor Castle."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Millennium Point to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ian Vogler - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Millennium Point to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ian Vogler - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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