Meghan in ITV royal ‘spe­cial’

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THE Duchess of Sus­sex speaks about her wed­ding day and the elab­o­rate veil she wore in her first doc­u­men­tary ap­pear­ance as a mem­ber of the monar­chy.

In Queen Of The World, a two-part ITV se­ries about the monarch’s role as head of the Com­mon­wealth, Meghan is re­united with her bridal gown and veil as they are pre­pared for a new ex­hi­bi­tion at Wind­sor Cas­tle start­ing in Oc­to­ber.

She talks about the Com­mon­wealth, and the sym­bolic im­por­tance of the flo­ral Com­mon­wealth em­blems that were sewn into her five-me­tre long silk veil.

De­signed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, Meghan’s bridal gown was a sim­ple, clas­sic cre­ation, but the elab­o­rate veil was em­broi­dered with flow­ers from each of the 53 Com­mon­wealth na­tions at the duchess’ re­quest.

The Los An­ge­les-born for­mer ac­tress also se­lected two per­sonal favourites: a Cal­i­for­nia poppy and win­ter­sweet, which grows in the grounds of Kens­ing­ton Palace and out­side her and Harry’s home, Not­ting­ham Cot­tage.

In the se­ries the Princess Royal is in­ter­viewed about her first trip on the Royal Yacht Bri­tan­nia in the 1950s, when she and the Prince of Wales, both young chil­dren, were put to work “scrub­bing and pol­ish­ing”.

Queen Of The World ex­am­ines the head of state’s role as a global fig­ure and the ba­ton she is pass­ing on to younger mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily, as they con­tinue to strengthen ties with the fam­ily of na­tions.

Harry is now a Com­mon­wealth Youth Am­bas­sador and his wife is to join him in his work, which will see them be­gin a ma­jor tour in Oc­to­ber.

The duke is filmed chat­ting to young peo­ple who won places on the Royal House­hold Caribbean Hos­pi­tal­ity Schol­ar­ship. He tells them: “You guys have spent way more time in Buck­ing­ham Palace than I ever have – and you’ve only been here two weeks.

“Have you bumped into the Queen yet? If you sud­denly bump into her in the cor­ri­dor, don’t panic. I know you will. We all do.”

Filmed over more than a year the doc­u­men­tary mak­ers were given ac­cess to home movies and the pro­gramme shows the role played by the Royal Yacht Bri­tan­nia in the Queen’s early tours of the Com­mon­wealth.

The first part of Queen Of The World will be screened on Septem­ber 25, 9.15pm, on ITV.

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