There are veils and then there are veils…
Yes the dress was maybe a little more simple than people expected but there was no getting away from the fact that Meghan’s veil for her wedding to Harry was a triumph. It was five glorious metres of silk tulle with a trim of hand embroidered flowers in silk thread and organza - and not just any old flowers. We’re talking flowers from every single one of the 53 Commonwealth countries.
Yes. All 53.
Clare Waight Keller and Meghan decided to design the veil with all the distinctive flowers on there, as the Commonwealth family of nations – of which Her Majesty The Queen is Head – will be a central part of Prince Harry’s and Meghan’s official work following Harry’s appointment as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.
According to Kensington Palace, “Significant time was spent researching the flora of each Commonwealth country and much care was taken by Ms. Waight Keller to ensure that every flower is unique.”
And no detail was spared with each flower sewn by hand - the workers spent hundreds of hours meticulously sewing and washing their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine.
There were two other flowers on the veil too - Wintersweet, which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy the State flower from Ms. Markle’s place of birth, California. Oh, and at the very front of the veil, crops of wheat are embroidered too, to symbolise love and charity.
Like we said, there are veils and then there are veils.