Meghan Markle wore a white wedding gown when she walked down the aisle to exchange vows with Prince Harry, but Queen Elizabeth reportedly had reservations about the bride's choice of color for her bridal gown because she was previously married.
Queen Elizabeth Had Reservations About Meghan Markle Wearing A Pure White Wedding Dress
Vanity Fair royal editor Katie Nicholl talked about Meghan Markle's wedding gown in her new book The New Royals. An excerpt of the upcoming tome was published in The Mail on Sunday, and according to Nicholl's source, Her Majesty was not 100 percent in with Markle's pure white wedding dress for a reason.
"The wedding day was a great success, although the Queen had reservations about the pure white of Meghan's Givenchy dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller," Nicholl wrote.
"According to a source: 'The Queen was surprised that Meghan wore pure white on her wedding day. Perhaps it's a generational thing, but she believes if you've been married before, you wear off-white on your wedding day, which is what the Duchess of Cornwall did.'"
According to The Sun, a white wedding dress is traditionally symbolic of a woman's "purity" on her wedding day. It reportedly represents a woman's virginity. Since Markle was previously married, the Queen would have preferred seeing her in an off-white gown, the outlet added.
Queen Consort Camilla was also previously married before she became King Charles' second wife. Camilla was first married to Andrew Parker Bowles. Years after Princess Diana passed away, Prince William and Prince Harry's father decided to marry her.
Since both were previously married, they didn't have a grand royal wedding which Princess Diana enjoyed. King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla had a civil wedding ceremony at Windsor Guildhall on April 9, 2005, Brides.com reported. The Queen Consort wore a cream-colored dress on her big day with King Charles.
What Happened To Meghan Markle's First Marriage Before She Met Queen Elizabeth's Grandson Prince Harry
Markle was previously married to producer Trevor Engelson. Royal biographer Andrew Morton talked about the Duchess of Sussex's first marriage in his book Meghan, A Hollywood Princess. According to him, Markle allegedly left her ex suddenly two years after they wed, and he had no idea what was coming.
"Trevor went from cherishing Meghan to, as one friend observed, 'feeling like he was a piece of something stuck to the bottom of her shoe,'" Morton wrote, per Cosmopolitan.
"A wealthy entrepreneur friend claimed the marriage ended so abruptly that Meghan sent her wedding and engagement rings back to Trevor by registered post. Another confirmed that the decision to end the marriage was made by Meghan and that it had come 'totally out of the blue.'"
Their marriage reportedly didn't work due to distance as Markle was based in Toronto filming Suits. Markle catapulted to fame due to the legal TV series, but Trevor's career at that point wasn't moving as fast as hers.
"While she saw her star rising, her husband's career was treading water," Morton explained. "With no new projects in sight and with Suits on hiatus, Trevor took Meghan on a cycling vacation to Vietnam. It didn't help that he became sick with food poisoning. Their escape to exotic locales, which once provided a backdrop for their love, only served to highlight the distance between them."
Engelson was reportedly furious at how his relationship with Markle ended. Their split also ended Markle's friendship with her BFF Ninaki Priddy, who sided with the producer after learning about their separation.
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