Meghan Markle definitely surprised the world on Saturday when she entered St. George’s chapel in a simple, bateau neckline and three-quarter length sleeve gown Saturday to marry Prince Harry. The wedding dress designed by Clare Waight Keller for the house of Givenchy is now cemented as a part of history. During months of speculation not a single rumor led to the British-born Keller, most rumors seemed to be pointed at design duo Ralph & Russo as well as Stella McCartney and Erdem Moralioglu.
While Markel worked closely with Keller on the dress, little information has been revealed about the initial inspiration behind the royal gown. However, the dress has drawn comparisons to styles worn by Audrey Hepburn in the past who was a muse to Hubert de Givenchy. Not only did Hepburn often wear Givenchy in her personal life but she also wore it for some of her most famous roles like in Breakfast at Tiffanys and Funny Face. However, it seems that the new Duchess of Sussex may have also drawn inspiration from another princess bride.
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Princess Angela who married Prince Maximilian of Lichtenstein, currently fifth in line to the throne, in a New York ceremony in 2000. Her white dress bares a striking resemblance to the Duchess with its fit-and-flared silhouette and boatneck neckline. Princess Angela was born in Pananma and grew up in New York—post nuptials she relocated to Lichtenstein, the German-speaking principality between Switzerland and Austria with her royal husband.
It is possible that Markle wanted to pay homage to the first known woman of African origin to marry into a European union, as Markle herself is biracial. Both were equally stunning brides.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.