Picture shows, H.R.H. The Duchess of Sussex at the Garden Party in Glencairn, the British Ambassador’s Residence .

Royal Weddings

Here's how Meghan Markle has shown support for designer behind those controversial 'identical wedding dress' comments

New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead was reported to have said the bride's dress was 'loose' and a 'double' of one of her own designs

Meghan Markle is playing a fashion blinder on her current tour of Ireland's capital city - but while style stalkers have noted her lack of Irish designs in her 'mini moon' wardrobe, the newlywed has given a subtle nod to one designer in particular.

The Duchess has enjoyed several costume changes since stepping off her and husband Harry's private jet yesterday, but the chic black square neck dress she wore to the garden party at the British Ambassador's residence is no doubt a fashion highlight of the trip.

The A-line sleeveless cocktail dress wasn't only a little out of left field for a summer garden party (see? you can wear black to a garden party after all!) but it also gave Meghan the opportunity to offer a show of support to a designer for whom the British royal wedding may bring back a few not-so-nice memories.


At the time of the royal nuptials, New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead faced a barage of criticism after she reportedly called the bride's wedding dress - designed by Claire Waight Keller for the House of Givenchy - 'identical' to one of her own gowns, and reportedly went on to call the dress 'quite loose'.

Emilia's Twitter account was shut down soon after the comments were picked up, and the designer later issued a response saying that she was 'saddened' by the apparent backlash.

“I am extremely saddened by commentary that has appeared in the press and on-line over the past few days,” the statement said.

“Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex looked absolutely beautiful on her wedding day and I have the utmost admiration and respect for her.

“I do not think that her wedding dress was a copy of any of our designs. I have the greatest respect for Clare Waight Keller and the House of Givenchy- a huge source of inspiration to me."

It appears for Meghan however there was no offense whatsoever taken by the alleged comments, and she let everyone know as much by choosing the designer for her historical first international trip as a member of the British royal family.

The Duchess never commented on the designer drama publicly, this way was much more sophisticated - and stylish.