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This Is How Meghan Markle Kept Her Wedding Dress Designer a Secret

No one—not even Clare Waight Keller's husband—knew that the Givenchy artistic director was responsible for the iconic gown until the day of.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Royal Wedding 2018
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Discretion is one of the most important qualities a royal could have, which means Meghan Markle is clearly on her way to becoming a successful duchess. She managed to hide her wedding dress designer, Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller, from the world until she arrived at St. George's Chapel for the ceremony. According to Entertainment Tonight, a lot went into keeping Meghan's bridal gown off the radar.

 

Before the top-secret project even began, both Keller and her two small teams signed non-disclosure agreements. They then set up two private workspaces—one at the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris and another at a still-secret location in London. "It was all about keeping the secret," Keller explained. In fact, she didn't even share the news with her husband, architect Philip Keller. He didn't discover the purpose of his wife's clandestine meetings and late-night workshops until the rest of the world did!

 

Related: 5 Things to Know About Clare Waight Keller, Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Designer

 

The wedding dress's transportation was treated with the same level of secrecy as the design process. In May, the Givenchy creation was transported to Windsor Castle, where it was safely stored until Meghan's final fitting. While the garment was kept under tight security until May 19, one royal family member saw it ahead of the big day. Like Kate Middleton, Meghan showed her wedding dress to Queen Elizabeth a few weeks before she walked down the aisle.

 

In addition to detailing her design's secretive beginnings, Keller also opened up about what she believed to be the most emotional part of Prince Harry and Meghan's ceremony. "I watched from the church as [Prince Harry and Meghan] went by and stood next to Lady Diana's brother Earl Spencer," she shared on Instagram. "Quite an incredibly poignant moment."