We'll have to wait another nine days (!) to see Meghan Markle's wedding dress, but at least we'll be able to sleep at night knowing it's already complete. On Wednesday, royal expert Omid Scobie tweeted that the gown is done and ready to receive a yay or nay from Queen Elizabeth II. "Sources confirm that Meghan’s wedding dress is finished and safely hidden at Windsor Castle until the big day," Scobie wrote. "Just one person left to see it - the Queen. Meghan will privately show the gown to HM later this week (just like Kate did before she married William)."
That's right—the first person ever to see the future duchess's wedding gown (besides herself and the dressmakers) will be the Queen of England. As Kate Middleton did three weeks before the royal wedding in 2011, Us Weekly reported, Markle will have to show off her dress to the queen to make sure she approves. With only nine days until the wedding day, that's a super high-stakes situation (although it makes sense, considering the royal family is footing the bill).
Based on what we've heard about the dress, though, the queen is bound to give her a thumbs-up. Earlier this week, the Daily Mail reported that Ralph & Russo, the designers behind Markle's amazing $75,000 engagement photo dress, have made her a gown fit for the ceremony and the general reception. (She'll reportedly wear a second dress to the reception thrown by Prince Charles.) According to the outlet's sources, the dress is a "hand-stitched," "heavily beaded" affair that cost £100,000 and "hundreds of hours of manpower."
And apparently, it was so gorgeous that it moved Markle to tears. Last Wednesday, Priyanka Chopra (who's confirmed that she will, of course, be going to her good friend's wedding) appeared on Watch What Happens Live to give some very evasive answers to Andy Cohen's pointed inquiries about the royal wedding. When asked whether Markle cried upon seeing the dress, Chopra could not stop grinning and giggling silently, which Cohen (and the rest of us) understood to be a "yes." Like Prince Harry, we'll have to wait and see for ourselves when she walks down the aisle.