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Clare Waight Keller, designer at Givenchy. Photo: Reuters

Clare Waight Keller, designer at Givenchy. Photo: Reuters

Clare Waight Keller, designer at Givenchy. Photo: Reuters

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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."

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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

Oprah Winfrey attended the big day. Photo: PA

Victoria Beckham and David Beckham were also in attendance. Photo: Getty Images

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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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Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre arrive at St George’s Chapel on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

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