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Who Handed Meghan Markle Her Bouquet at the Royal Wedding?

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

There were many moments viewers and fans missed during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding at Windsor Castle this May, including the Duke of Sussex whispering “You look amazing” to his bride, as well as other subdued, quiet instances that faded into obscurity.

Most recently, however, eagle-eyed fans noticed one particular interaction between Markle and a woman in a fitted dress with a fascinator leading up to the Suits star’s long walk down the aisle inside St. George’s Chapel. Video footage shows the mysterious person handing Markle her bouquet right as she enters the doors of the ceremony site, leading many fans to believe that dutiful individual was none other than Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

However, the reality is that the mom of three had already taken her seat by then at the way front of the chapel beside Prince William, where other members of the royal family had also taken their respective positions.

That mysterious flash of an assistant is believed to be Samantha Cohen, the former assistant and private secretary of Queen Elizabeth II. The Australian-born royal insider reportedly submitted her resignation, but will remain on staff as an interim private secretary to both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

It’s understandable why there was some confusion between Middleton and Cohen. Both chose lighter color ensembles for the day with similar-sized fascinators.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives with the bridesmaids and page boys at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by DJane Barlow – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

(L-R) Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Britain’s Princess Beatrice of York wait in the chapel ahead of the wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the bouquet itself was incredibly sentimental in meaning and value. The beautiful floral cocktail included Princess Diana’s favorite flowers, Forget-Me-Nots, as well as several hand-picked flowers by Prince Harry himself. The complete bouquet was tied together by a silk ribbon designed by Philippa Craddock.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.