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Everything we definitely don't know about Meghan's dress

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Never complain, never explain: so said Benjamin Disraeli of the trials of public life, a mantra adopted by the British Royal family.

 That’s all well and good, but it leaves us with many questions, especially with the imminent nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Whilst the bride’s dress is traditionally only seen on the day, the secrecy surrounding the Royal wedding means that we don’t even have a firm idea over who might be designing the dress, let alone any of the details about it.

With only a few days left to go, here’s everything we think we might but probably don't know about Meghan’s dress!

It probably won’t be like Rachel Zane’s


Meghan has already played the bride once this year, when her Suits character Rachel Zane finally married Mike Ross.

This dress was first seen in 2016 when the couple’s wedding was called off at short notice, and at the time Meghan told Glamour magazine, ‘‘It's not my personal style, because I'm a lot more relaxed than Rachel but I love that I got to play dress up in this gown.’ 

A strong hint that her style is more laid-back - but then she probably wasn't envisaging a Royal wedding back then, so all bets are OFF!

She might wear a tiara

 

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Lots of brides wear tiaras these days, but they probably won’t be like anything Meghan wears.

This will be the first time Meghan is permitted to wear a tiara, as it is traditionally only married Royal women who do so.

If she does wear a tiara, it will be one loaned to her from the Royal collection, but there is no guarantee: the Queen Mother didn’t wear one when she married the future King George VI in 1923.

It might not be bigger than Kate Middleton’s


People usually want their weddings to be bigger and better than the last one they attended, but apparently Meghan is less keen.

According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, Meghan’s dress won’t cost as much as the Duchess of Cambridge’s which came in at a reported £150,000 in 2011.

Given that the Duchess is ranked more highly than Meghan, this may be so, whilst having William’s wife as an ally is probably a savvy move.

Even so... if the bride can’t upstage a future queen on a wedding day, when can she?

It will probably have sleeves

No matter how fashionable strapless and cold-shoulder dresses are, Royal brides almost always have sleeves.

Princess Grace of Monaco’s dress is often seen as the gold standard, and bears more than a passing resemblance to the Duchess of Cambridge’s and the Queen’s.

Churches often request that brides have their shoulders covered anyway, and as Meghan’s wedding will be presided over by the highest ranking Church of England bishop, the Archbishop of Canterbury, she’ll probably follow tradition.

It might look like this wedding dress

 

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Whilst Meghan might have dismissed her character’s dress, she has shown interest in some others, most notably Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s from her marriage to John F Kennedy Jr in 1996 which she has described as ‘goals’.

This is quite a departure from the full-skirted dresses favoured by Royal brides from Zara Phillips to Diana, Princess of Wales, and we’re not sure it would be given the seal of approval by the Queen.

Speaking of which...

It has probably already been seen by the Queen


Whilst most brides get to keep the dress under wraps from all but the closest of friends and relatives, Royal brides have a reputation to uphold.

Reportedly, the Queen gave Catherine Middleton’s dress the green-light three weeks before her 2011 wedding, and had previously been given a sneak-peek of Autumn Kelly’s gown ahead of her marriage to Peter Phillips in 2008.

We can therefore expect that Harry's grandmother has given her approval to whatever Meghan does wear.

It will probably be light-coloured


Until 1840, Royal brides wore dresses of all colours, flaunting their wealth and status. Then Queen Victoria chose a white gown for her marriage to Prince Albert, and a trend was born.

Royal brides ever since have tended towards the whites and ivories. However, Meghan might follow in the footsteps of another divorcee, the Duchess of Cornwall, who opted for a blue and gold coat and chiffon dress in 2005 when she married Prince Charles.

It could be designed by Ralph and Russo

 

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Ralph and Russo, a London-based design house, has become the favourite to design Meghan’s dress in recent weeks, following the dress she wore in the engagement photos.

Featuring a sheer bodice and elaborate skirt, the dress cost over £50,000 and Meghan looked incredible in it.

However, the name of the designer won’t be released until seconds before we see the gown for ourselves, and there are still plenty of other names in the hat, from Christopher Bailey to Stella McCartney.

There could be two dresses

 

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Meghan might not even have to make a decision, as it’s rumoured that she will have two wedding dresses.

Given the very different events taking place on Saturday, from the very formal service at St George’s Chapel to the much-more relaxed evening reception at Frogmore House, it would probably be difficult to dress appropriately for both.

It’s a precedent set by previous Royal brides. In 2005, the Duchess of Cornwall chose one outfit for her registry office ceremony and another for the church blessing, whilst the Duchess of Cambridge had one dress for the Westminster Abbey formalities and another for the evening reception.

To find out the truth about the dress, make sure you’re glued to the TV Saturday afternoon!

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