Meghan Markle’s hugely anticipated wedding dress will set the Royal Family back £100,000.
Multiple royal and fashion industry sources have revealed the actress has opted for British couturiers Ralph & Russo to make the first of two gowns she plans to wear on May 19.
She will wear the hand-stitched, heavily beaded design to walk down the aisle at St George’s Chapel in front of 600 guests – and an estimated billion TV viewers worldwide – as well as for the reception being held afterwards by the Queen in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle.
Another source revealed that the dress would cost around £100,000, which will be met by Prince Harry and his family privately.
‘It sounds a lot but this is the wedding of the year and hundreds of hours of manpower have gone into making it, almost all by hand,’ they said.
News of her dress came as Kensington Palace revealed new details about the wedding, including that Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, will not go on honeymoon until later in the summer and will conduct their first public engagement as man and wife days after their wedding.
As excitement builds, it was also announced that:
Meghan’s parents will meet the Queen, Charles and Camilla ahead of the wedding before her mother accompanies her by car to the chapel and her father walks her down the aisle.
Harry will honour his late mother Diana in the ceremony, with all three of her siblings attending and one, Lady Jane Fellowes, giving a reading.
There will be no maids of honour. All the bridesmaids and pageboys – believed to include Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Mia Tindall – will be children.
The Duchess of Cambridge will attend, but without her newborn son, Prince Louis.
Prince Philip, 96, is ‘hopeful’ of attending but is still convalescing from his hip replacement and may miss his grandson’s big day.