Meghan made show of empowerment by buying £110k wedding dress – unlike Kate

Meghan Markle's famous wedding dress from her 2018 nuptials to Prince Harry is thought to have cost £110,000 – and she paid for it herself.

Designed by Clare Waight Keller from the Parisian fashion house Givenchy, the pricey dress was still cheaper than Princess Diana's and Kate Middleton's.

The famed fashion label spent 3,900 hours embroidering the Duchess of Sussex's 16-feet-long veil with the national flowers of each of the 53 Commonwealth countries, and the dress was created using double-bonded silk cady and an underskirt of triple silk organza.

According to an announcement by Kensington Palace, Meghan and Clare worked closely together to design the finished dress to display a "timeless minimal elegance".

Kate Middleton's dress was the most expensive wedding dress ever worn by a member of the Royal Family – and unlike Meghan, she did not pay for it herself.

Instead, her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, footed the £250,000 bill for the dress for their daughter's 2011 wedding to Prince William.

Made in collaboration with Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, the dress featured a Victorian bodice, a nine-feet long train and 58 gazar and organza covered buttons on the back.

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Senior Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, Joanna Marschner, said Kate had to choose an extremely impressive dress.

She said: "The dresses have had to grow as the media expectation has grown.

“Television cameras in Westminster Abbey have meant that those dresses are going to have to live up to those venues and indeed be of a design excellence to bear infinite scrutiny."

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Daena Borrowman, Marketing Manager at jewellerybox, told Express.co.uk: “Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex's unforgettable Givenchy wedding dress, was accented by a delicate 16 foot-long veil embroidered with Commonwealth flora.

"It cost approximately £110,000, which is over three times the average American’s annual income and the Duchess paid for it herself.

"The Duchess, a massive advocate of gender equality and female empowerment chose Givenchy for her big day with Prince Harry because she wanted to honour British talent and the visionary Claire Waight Keller, who happens to be the first female artistic director of Givenchy.

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"While the Royal Family covered an estimated £32million for the Sussexes wedding, it comes as no surprise that the Duchess – who had been paying for her own clothes since the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry – paid for her own dress because she has enjoyed a very successful acting career.

"Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's regal Victorian wedding dress for her wedding to Prince William, was paid for by her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, who run a successful party supplies business apart from inheriting familial fortunes."

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