The Surprising Story of How Meghan Markle Picked Her Wedding Day Tiara

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel through the west door after their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding exhibit is now officially open to the public, and numerous surprises are sprinkled throughout the entire attraction. To help bolster the entire Windsor Castle-based exhibit, the couple recorded their memories from May 19, sharing new secrets about the historic occasion.

One of the key takeaways about the wedding was the process behind how Markle chose her tiara, which was on loan by Queen Elizabeth II. The piece itself was an unexpected choice: a bandeau diamond tiara featuring a large diamond center stone and stunning Art Deco detailing. It originally commissioned in 1932 for Queen Mary, the grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II, with the brooch dating back to 1893.

“When it came to the tiara on the day, I was very fortunate to be able to chose this gorgeous Art Deco style bandeau tiara,” she recalled in a recording for the exhibit A Royal Wedding: The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex. “Harry and I had gone to Buckingham Palace to meet with her Majesty the Queen to select one of the options that were there which was an incredibly surreal day as you can imagine.”

Markle wanted to find a tiara that would perfectly accompany her Givenchy gown by Clare Weight Keller, and her elaborate, custom embroidered veil. “That was the one that I think as we tried them on stood out,” she said. “I think it was just perfect because it was so clean and simple—and also to that point, an extension of what Clare and I had been trying to do with the dress which was have something that could be so incredibly timeless but still feel modern.”

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: Meghan Markle stands at the altar during her wedding in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Harry, of course, was equally invested in the process. He chimed in, “Funnily enough, it was the one that suited the best. The one that looked the best on you without question.”

He added, “I shouldn’t have really been there, but an incredible loan by my grandmother. Very sweet.”

Another sweet detail from the exhibit is the inclusion of Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s page boy and junior bridesmaid outfits. George wore a uniform that echoed his uncle Harry’s wedding day attire, but his piece was personalized with his initials “GC” (George Cambridge) scrawled in gold. Meanwhile, the soles of Princess Charlotte’s shoes were embroidered with her initials.

It was Prince Harry’s idea to include the embroidery on the epaulettes for his nephew. “Such a beautiful keepsake for them,” Markle revealed.

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“We had 10 bridesmaids and page boys under the age of 7, which everybody says is impossible to have them behaving,” Prince Harry laughed. “But they did it!”

“It was a miracle!” Markle added.

The exhibit, A Royal Wedding: The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex, is now on display at Windsor Castle until January 6, 2019.

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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.