Diana’s dress designer begs Meghan Markle to wear more British clothing

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent

Princess Diana’s wedding dress designer David Emanuel says Meghan Markle should be wearing more clothing by British designers.

Speaking on Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box’ he says: “The Duchess of Sussex went to Givenchy. Yes, it was a British designer but the gown was made in France.

“I really do feel very strongly that if she’s married into the Royal Family she should be supporting British designers, quite frankly. There are lots of talented British designers who could have done it.”

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He adds: “The story of the gown was the veil. There has to be something which makes a royal wedding dress unique and it was wonderful, they incorporated all the Commonwealth flowers around the veil, I thought that was very clever.”

Harry and Meghan on their wedding day last May [Photo: PA]

Emanuel adds: “I could argue that she’s [Meghan’s] turning into a bit of royal rebel, couldn’t I, by wearing foreign designers.

“I love the look, I remember her as an actress. I remember seeing her in Suits, looking very glossy and chic with tight-fitted shirts and great slim skirts.

“She’s got a look, I just wish she’d support British designers, please.”

Meghan's bridal veil featured flora representing the 53 countries of The Commonwealth [Photo: Getty]

Meghan Markle’s wedding dress is one of the most famous in the world.

In the lead-up to the big day on May 19, 2018, there were many designers listed in the running to create the gown - including Erdem, Ralph & Russo and Roland Mouret.

The former actress surprised everyone when it was revealed that Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy, had created the double bonded silk cady dress with boat neckline and three-quarter-length sleeves.

While Waight Keller is British, the dress was made by the French couture house in Paris.

While Meghan’s reception dress was designed by British designer Stella McCartney, when it comes to important occasions, Meghan still turns to Clare Waight Keller.

For example, she wore Givenchy for her first joint engagement with the Queen, for her first solo outing to the Royal Academy, on tour in Australia and recently during her pregnancy, when she and Harry attended the Endeavour Fund Awards.

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During her first major overseas tour of Australia, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand in October 2018, out of the 74 designer clothes she somehow managed to squeeze into her suitcase, Meghan only wore 20 British labels.

Meghan wearing Givenchy at The Endeavour Fund Awards in February 2019 [Photo: Getty]

Meghan gave birth to son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6, 2019.

While some might have predicted she would wear an outfit by Givenchy for the photocall two days later, she chose a white sleeveless trench dress by British fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner.