Meghan Markle wedding dress: Prince Harry's fiancée's first bridal gown has left royal fans wondering what she'll do for her second – here's all the details

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engaged to be married [Getty]

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are engaged to be married and royal fans everywhere couldn’t be more excited for the 2018 wedding, which is taking place at Windsor Castle in May 2018.

It’s Meghan’s second wedding – the Suits actress married film director Trevor Engelson in 2011 but later divorced in 2013 – and the 36 year old wore a very simple dress when she tied the knot the first time around on a beach in Jamaica.

Meghan’s character Rachel Zane in Suits also wore a wedding dress, which was an Anna Barge design, and Meghan reportedly had a lot of input in the creation.

So, what will Meghan Markle’s wedding dress be like when she marries Prince Harry?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce the engagement [Getty]

Meghan Markle will wear two bridal gowns

It’s believed Prince Harry’s future wife will have two wedding dresses on their big day, just like the Duchess of Cambridge.

It’s thought the former Suits actress will wear a Ralph & Russo couture gown for the all important ceremony and formalities.

However, once all that is out the way, it’s been suggested Meghan will then change into wedding dress number two with the brief being “full on glamour”.

Why? “The wedding will be split into two, much like William and Kate did,” a source told Us Weekly. 

“So both Meghan and Harry will have second outfits for the evening reception.”

Meghan Markle royal outingMeghan Markle is making a big wedding day decision for her dress [Getty]

Meghan Markle’s wedding dress will cost less than Kate’s

According to a royal expert, it would seem Meghan’s gown will need to cost less than Kate Middleton’s to avoid upstaging her.

The Duchess’ lace gown reportedly cost in the region of £250,000. 

And while Meghan had been rumoured to be eyeing up a Ralph and Russo gown, royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight: “There have been reports that [Meghan’s] considering spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on a wedding dress. I think that’s incredibly unlikely.”

She added: “I think it was very unlikely that Meghan would spend more than that and in doing so try and upstage a future queen.

“I don’t think she’s going to want to get royal life off to a start where she’s criticised for spending something like £400,000 on a wedding dress.”

Kate Middleton wedding dressThe Duchess of Cambridge made history with her wedding dress [Getty]

Meghan Markle’s first wedding dress

Meghan married her boyfriend of seven years in 2011 on a beach in Jamaica.

For the occasion, Meghan was almost casual in a white sleeveless column dress, with only a silver belt adding a touch of glamour.

The actress wore her hair down and a simple bangle on her wrist.

Trevor Engelson and actress Meghan Markle together smilingTrevor Engelson and Meghan Markle were married and the Suits actress wore a simple wedding dress [Getty]

Meghan Markle’s character Rachel Zane’s bridal gown

Rachel Zane wore a big wedding dress with a full skirt and a strappy plunging neckline for her wedding to boyfriend Mike Ross.

It had an overlay of embroidered material and was an off-white colour with a fairytale look.

Meghan is thought to have had a lot of say when it came to the design – which was by Anna Barge – but later admitted it wasn’t her personal style.

 ****Ruckas Videograbs**** (01322) 861777 *IMPORTANT* Please credit USA Network for this picture. 27/11/17 Suits - last night, USA Network SEEN HERE: Meghan Markle starring as Rachel Zane in season 5, episode 16, of Suits (called '25th Hour'), where she was seen in a wedding dress. The episode saw Rachel and her partner Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) calling off their wedding at the last moment. Office (UK) : 01322 861777 Mobile (UK) : 07742 164 106 **IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ** The video grabMeghan Markle starring as Rachel Zane in season 5 of Suits on her wedding day [USA Network/Ruckas]

Meghan Markle could choose a Canadian brand

The American actress likes to support Canadian brands and wore a Canadian coat for her royal engagement announcement, which caused the website to immediately to crash.

Meghan isn’t Canadian but has been living in Toronto for ages while she works on her television series, Suits.

It’s thought Meghan will continue to support Canadian brands.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018on November 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Back/Getty Images)Meghan Markle wore a Canadian coat for her first royal appearance [Getty]

What has Meghan Markle said about wedding dresses?

According to the MailOnline, Meghan has previously said in an interview she likes something “classic and simple” and admitted Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s wedding dress was her “everything goals.”


She also told Glamour: “Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist.

“I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.”

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy weddingMeghan Markle has said Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy wedding gown is her all time favourite [Reuters]

Who will design Meghan Markle’s bridal gown?

Meghan has a whole host of designer friends, with Misha NoNoo thought to have set the new royal couple up.

Misha designs ready-to-wear clothes and is yet to create a wedding dress, but may do for one of her closest friends. The crisp white husband shirt Meghan wore for her first appearance with Prince Harry in Toronto was a Misha design.

Other potential designers – based on outfits Meghan’s previously worn and her friendship circle – include British designer Antonio Berardi, who is known for his figure-hugging designs and Roland Mouret, who is a French designer and a good friend of Meghans, the Duchess of Cambridge has also worn his creations.

Meghan Markle is thought to have been set up with Prince Harry by mutual friend Misha NonooMeghan Markle is thought to have been set up with Prince Harry by mutual friend Misha Nonoo who is a designer and could be involved in the wedding dress creation [Meghan Markle/Instagram]

Victoria Beckham attended Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding in 2011 and it would be a nod to Harry’s British roots.

Meghan has previously admitted she’ll “always be a fan of Ellie Saab” in an interview about her perfect bridal gown with Glamour, so the Lebanese designer could well be in the mix for the royal wedding dress. 

In the same interview she said of French designer J.Mantel: “J. Mendel is spectacular as well, especially for more structural designs.”

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