Meghan Markle Explains How She Ultimately Chose Her Givenchy Wedding Dress

Here's how the duchess said yes to the dress

Updated 10/26/18

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It's been over five months since the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, and we're still swooning over her stunning Givenchy wedding dress. But just when you thought you learned all you could know about the Duchess of Sussex's stunning gown, the palace has revealed some new information about the iconic dress.

The wedding gown, which recently went on display at Windsor Castle's newest exhibition "A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex," was designed according to the bride's own specifications. In audio recordings featured at the display, Markle herself explains exactly how her dream dress came to be.

According to BBC, Markle states in the recordings that she "knew at the onset" that she wanted a bateau neckline and three-quarter length sleeves. She adds that her goal was to have it look "modest," with a "very timeless, classic feeling."

"I knew that the tailoring was so key, because the dress itself would be so covered up," she explains.

The duchess also spoke about working with Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of Givenchy and designer of her gown. "I had a very clear vision of what I wanted for the day, and what I wanted the dress to look like," she says. "So what was amazing in working with Clare is that sometimes you'll find designers try to push you in a different direction, but she just completely respected what I wanted to see for the day, and she wanted to bring that to life for me."

The exhibition also features recordings of personal stories from Prince Harry and Markle about their royal nuptials, including a story of their "surreal" meeting with the Queen in which Markle chose her wedding-day tiara with the help of Prince Harry. You can read all about it here!

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