Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador’s residence at Glencairn House.
After Emilia Wickstead’s criticism of the Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy wedding gown, many royal watchers assumed that the New Zealand-born, London-based designer would not be given any more design commissions from the royal family.
But during her tour with Prince Harry to Ireland – the couple’s first official trip as newlyweds – the Duchess of Sussex proved that she has already mastered the art of diplomacy beyond her royal duties.
For her appearance at a summer garden party at the British Ambassador’s residence in Dublin, Markle opted for a classic sleeveless, belted cocktail dress but left many surprised over the choice of designer – Wickstead herself.
With the tour only two days long, Meghan wasted no time on the fashion front, having already worn a boatneck Audrey Hepburn-inspired dress by Dior with a Stephen Jones fascinator at the Royal Air Force’s centenary celebration, she arrived in a jewel-green Givenchy dress for her visit with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar’s office.
Meghan Markle a dark Green Givenchy dress to visit the Prime Minister of Ireland’s office.
Wickstead, who is already a firm design favourite of Kate Middleton, made headlines in May this year after openly criticising Markle’s Givenchy wedding gown and accusing the designer, Clare Waight Keller, of copying her.
Markle wearing a Dior gown at a ceremony before the flypast of Royal Air Force aircraft pass over.
“Her dress is identical to one of our dresses,” she told the Daily Mail .
“If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect. Her wedding dress was quite loose.”
After being called out for her controversial comments, Wickstead cleared the air by releasing a full statement apologising for her remarks.
And judging by Markle’s sartorial decisions, it seems she accepted Wickstead’s olive branch without reservation. The Dior boatneck design, (paired with a black clutch and black pumps by Aquazzura) a similar style to her bridal gown, would appear to suggest Markle is unperturbed by past criticisms about her choice of wedding dress, as well. Wickstead should also feel relieved that Markle wore her hair down, in loose waves, after criticising her wedding hairstyle, too.
"I was like, 'Hold the wisps [of her hair] back—it's a Royal Wedding for God's sake.'"
Then again, it's possible that Wickstead didn't notice – and that Markle had other things on her mind; among them, lending support to her husband, as evidenced by her public displays of affection for him, including hand holding and arm linking – a rarity on Royal tours.
"We're so pleased to be here, for our first official international visit together as a married couple, and we hope it will be the first of many!" Prince Harry said in a speech via People.
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