Meghan followed tradition with wedding dress that Eugenie skipped

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While Meghan Markle chose a British-based designer, Clare Waight Keller, to design her wedding dress in a nod to what was meant to be her new home, Princess Eugenie made a different decision for her bridal gown. The Princess of York’s wedding dress was created by two designers, one Austrian-Italian and the other Belgian-Peruvian. Traditionally, UK royals have worn wedding designs by British brands.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot on May 19, 2018, and royal fans eagerly anticipated the gown that Meghan would wear.

Meghan was an extremely fashionable woman during her days as an actress in Suits, and already had a huge social media following before her wedding.

According to reports, Meghan opted for a basic cut for her wedding dress so she could move around St George’s Chapel more easily.

A spokesperson from the British Savile Row tailors, Souster & Hicks, spoke exclusively to to explain how Meghan’s dress in May 2018 differed from the most high-profile royal wedding gown that had already appeared by that time, Kate Middleton’s.

They said: “Kate’s dress was Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton and oozed classic Princess. It definitely looks like it took a lot of inspiration from Grace Kelly’s long sleeves, high neck and lace bodice.

“Meghan’s wedding dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller, the Artistic Director of Fashion House – Givenchy.

“Her wedding outfit had a lot more intimate detail such as the embroidered flowers in the veil which was said to be a representation of the countries of the Commonwealth.

“Every woman has a different wedding dress ‘dream’ and this is reflected in the inspiration behind both royals’ wedding dress choices.

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“No two women are the same – and fashion is one of the best ways of making a statement, an impact and reflecting who you are.”

By the end of the year, Princess Eugenie had tied the knot with her long-time boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank.

Eugenie and Jack got married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the same venue that Meghan and Harry had used five months prior.

The Princess of York wore a wedding dress designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, two designers who are not from the UK.

British royal brides usually wear British designers at their nuptials, including the late Queen, Princess Anne, Kate Middleton, and the late Princess Diana.

The late Queen wore Norman Hartnell, Princess Anne used her local dress designer Maureen Baker, Kate wore Alexander McQueen and Diana wore a dress designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel.

The New York Times called Eugenie’s dress a modern selection that may have represented a future Britain outside of the European Union.

They wrote at the time: “Neither Mr Pilotto nor Mr de Vos are actually British, making Princess Eugenie’s choice, whether consciously or not, a prime example of the potential complications and consequences of the looming Brexit, and what ‘Britishness’ actually means.”

However, Eugenie’s dress designers have a studio that is based in east London, which is likely where the Princess went to discuss her future bridal gown.

Meghan did receive some criticism for wearing a wedding dress from a French fashion house, despite having a British-based designer.

The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress was a Givenchy gown, which did break a longstanding tradition at the time.

Kate, Princess of Wales’s wedding gown, for example, was from a British-based fashion house (Alexander McQueen) and also had a British designer, Sarah Burton.

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