All eyes were on former actress Meghan Markle when she stepped out at St. George’s Chapel on May 19 to marry Prince Harry, making her the Duchess of Sussex.
The 37-year-old stunned in a custom-made Givenchy gown that took 3,600 hours to complete, topped with a sparkling tiara from the royal collection.
Now, the Duchess has revealed that it was actually Queen Elizabeth who helped her complete the bridal look, Entertainment Tonight reports.
Markle recalled the story in a voice recording for an exhibition at Windsor Castle honoring her wedding, called “A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
The exhibition is displaying the Duchess’ wedding gown and tiara, alongside a replica of the military uniform Prince Harry wore, according to the Royal Collection Trust’s website.
In the recording, Markle recalled how the queen was the one to helped her select the platinum bandeau tiara she wore during the ceremony. The Duchess said:
“When it came to the tiara on the day, I was very fortunate to be able to choose this gorgeous art deco-style bandeau tiara. Harry and I had gone to Buckingham Palace to meet with Her Majesty the Queen to select one of the options that were there, which was an incredibly surreal day as you can imagine.”
According to the Royal Collection Trust, the tiara was originally made in 1932 for the queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary.
The diamond-covered tiara was passed down to Queen Elizabeth in 1953. Markle said it “stood out” from the other tiaras in the royal collection.
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The Royal Collection Trust exhibition "A #RoyalWedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex" will include the wedding dress designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller and veil, embroidered with the flora of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, along with the diamond and platinum bandeau tiara, lent to The Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. Visit @Royal_Collection_Trust to find out more.
Though Prince Harry joined the Duchess to pick out the tiara, he later regretted ruining the surprise for himself.
In a recording from the exhibit, he said:
“I shouldn’t have really been there.”
Just six months after the Duke and Duchess tied the knot, the couple announced that they are expecting their first child together.
Kensington Palace confirmed that Markle is at least 12 weeks along and that the couple will welcome their little one in the spring.
The new royal baby will be the queen’s eighth great-grandchild.