Clare Waight Keller, designer at Givenchy. Photo: Reuters

Royal Weddings

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

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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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."