Tuesday 23 July 2019

Royal wedding: Prince thanks designer for helping his 'stunning' bride

Clare Waight Keller, designer at Givenchy. Photo: Reuters
Clare Waight Keller, designer at Givenchy. Photo: Reuters

Dean Grey

Prince Harry thanked Meghan Markle's wedding dress designer for her role in making his bride look "absolutely stunning", she has disclosed.

Birmingham-born Clare Waight Keller - the first female artistic director at French fashion house Givenchy - revealed how the prince spoke to her after the ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. Ben STANSALL/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. Ben STANSALL/Pool via REUTERS

"He came straight up to me and he said 'oh my God, thank you, she looks absolutely stunning'," she said.

"So I think for the both of them, they were just radiant at that time.

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

"Well I think everybody saw on television - he was absolutely in awe, I think. She looked just incredible and it showed."

Ms Waight Keller also revealed she was told by Meghan in early January that she was the chosen designer.

RING OF HISTORY: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange vows in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle before Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Photo: Owen Humphreys
RING OF HISTORY: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange vows in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle before Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Photo: Owen Humphreys

"It was an extraordinary moment when she told me. Of course it's an incredible thing to be part of such a historic moment."

Ms Waight Keller said the process was collaborative, adding: "I think she had very much seen my work and knew what I did.

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

"I think she loved the fact that I was a British designer, and working in a house such as Givenchy which has its roots in a very classical, beautiful style."

Ms Waight Keller said over time they quickly got to a point where Meghan felt she knew exactly what she wanted after various meetings and trials.

This meant that the designer got to know her, and she said of Meghan: "She's exactly what you see on TV.

"She's just so genuine and warm and radiant. She's just glowing.

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"She's a strong woman. She knows what she wants, and it was really an absolute joy working with her," she added.

Asked about the moment Meghan was able to look at herself fully dressed and ready in the mirror on Saturday morning, Ms Waight Keller said: "She was just glowing.

"There's so much emotion on a day like that anyway. But I think particularly when it all comes together, I think, is tremendous. She was absolutely radiant," she added.

Asked if there were any tears from the bride, she said: "No, she was incredibly composed. It was really quite extraordinary. She's just the most beautiful person."

Asked what Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, had thought of her daughter, Ms Waight Keller said: "As she went into her car, her mother was already sitting in the car and you just could see there was so much love between them."

Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre arrive at St George’s Chapel on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre arrive at St George’s Chapel on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images
Oprah Winfrey attended the big day. Photo: PA
Victoria Beckham and David Beckham were also in attendance. Photo: Getty Images
Amal and George Clooney arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding. Photo: Getty Images
US actress Gina Torres leaves after the ceremony. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
James Corden and Julia Carey leave St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle after the wedding. Photo: Getty Images
The Duchess of York arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Saturday May 19, 2018. Gareth Fuller/Pool via REUTERS
Jonny Wilkinson and Shelley Jenkins arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Gina Torres arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Ian West/Pool via REUTERS
Patrick J. Adams and wife Troian Bellisario arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Ian West/Pool via REUTERS
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Saturday May 19, 2018. Gareth Fuller/Pool via REUTERS
Princess Eugenie arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
(left to right) Princess Eugenie, The Duke of York and Princess Beatrice arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
David and Victoria Beckham arrive at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Andrew Milligan/Pool via REUTERS
James Corden and Julia Carey arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Sarah Rafferty arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Will and Caroline Greenwood arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
James Haskell and Chloe Madeley arrive the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Windsor, Britain
Cressida Bonas leaves St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Oprah Winfrey arrives in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Danny Lawson/PA)
Members of the Royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Countess of Wessex, watch as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an open-topped carriage through Windsor Castle after their wedding in St George's Chapel. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Sofia Wellesley and James Blunt arrive in St George’s Chapel (Danny Lawson/PA)
George and Amal Clooney were among the A-list stars attending (Chris Radburn/PA)
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre arrive at St George’s Chapel (Ian West/PA)
George and Amal Clooney arrive for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Jonny Wilkinson and Shelley Wilkinson (centre) arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan arrive at St George’s Chapel (Ian West/PA)
Jonny Wilkinson and Shelley Jenkins arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Abigail Spencer and Priyanka Chopra attended the wedding. Photo: REUTERS
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an open-topped carriage through Windsor Castle after their wedding in St George's Chapel. Saturday May 19, 2018. Aaron Chown/Pool via REUTERS

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