The story behind Meghan Markle's royal wedding reception dress revealed

Meghan Markle stunned on her royal wedding day in a design by Givenchy, looking like a princess as she walked down the aisle with Prince Harry. But her second look – a white halter neck evening gown by Stella McCartney which she wore to the reception – was really a Hollywood red carpet show show-stopper! Holding hands with a tuxedo-clad Harry, the newlywed former Suits actress evoked comparisons to a glamorous Bond girl on the arm of her very own 007. But why did Meghan choose Stella, a favorite of stars like Amal Clooney and Oprah Winfrey, for the biggest night of her life?

In a new interview, desginer Stella McCartney – who created Meghan Markle's stunning wedding reception gown – talked about her budding friendship with the royal newlywed Photo: Getty Images

Stella revealed the answer in a chat with Elle. “I think Meghan chose me for reasons other than just a beautiful dress – plenty of people can do that," she said. "She is not a difficult client to make look beautiful. Amal [Clooney] called me and asked me to do [her wedding guest look], as did Oprah... And I think, obviously I am a British designer, but I think being a woman, and being a women’s woman, played a part.” Meghan – whose official biography on the British royal family website includes the quote "I am proud to be a woman and a feminist"  – often chooses female designers, from Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller to Kate Middleton favorite Emilia Wickstead, for her most high profile appearances.


In the months before the royal wedding, says Stella, “[Meghan] approached me and we worked on other things" – like, presumably, this Stella McCartney coat the Duchess of Sussex wore in Wales Photo: Getty Images

The story of Meghan's relationship with Stella, daughter of Beatle legend Paul McCartney, began in the months before the royal wedding. “[Meghan] approached me and we worked on other things. She wore other pieces of mine and we had a friendship,” Stella explained, referring to the Stella look the Duchess of Sussex wore on a visit to Wales and another outfit, a caped dress, she donned to help Queen Elizabeth II celebrate her birthday earlier this year. “And then she asked me to do her second wedding dress. I was honored and still am.”

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