McCartney ‘wanted to show Markle’s hu­man side’ in dress

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LONDON: De­signer Stella McCartney said she wanted to help Meghan Markle project her “hu­man side” when mak­ing the Amer­i­can ac­tress’s sec­ond dress for her mar­riage to Bri­tain’s Prince Harry.

The 46-year-old cre­ated the silk crepe hal­ter­neck dress the Amer­i­can bride wore for her evening re­cep­tion in Wind­sor last month.

For the ac­tual cer­e­mony, Markle, now the Duchess of Sus­sex, wore a sculpted longsleeved dress with a boat neck by Clare Waight Keller, the Bri­tish de­signer of cou­ture house Givenchy.

“I was aware that we had to get the right kind of po­si­tion­ing, the right pace, the right voice,” McCartney said.

The Bri­tish de­signer, a celebrity favourite, is known for her un­der­stated cre­ations.

Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion mogul Oprah Win­frey and hu­man rights lawyer Amal Clooney both wore Stella McCartney de­signs for the royal wed­ding.

Asked what she wanted to help the royal bride project, McCartney said: “I think just her sort of hu­man side.

“I think it was the last mo­ment prob­a­bly that she could re­flect sort of the other side to her… the joy and the hu­man within her.”

Spec­u­la­tion over who would de­sign Markle’s dress be­gan as soon as the cou­ple an­nounced their en­gage­ment in Novem­ber.

McCartney said she was “proud” to have been given such a cov­eted role. “I got the call… We didn’t have a huge amount of time, but we had enough time,” she said.

“It was very much her dress and I felt very proud that she came to me for that part of the wed­ding.”

Mean­while, the Duchess of Sus­sex will join Queen El­iz­a­beth to­day for her first official engagements with­out Prince Harry.

Meghan will travel by the Royal Train to northwest Eng­land for a day of events. – Reuters/African News Agency (ANA)

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