Troian Bellisario had ‘extreme anxiety’ over royal wedding look

Troian Bellisario had “a nightmare” trying to find a fascinator to wear to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding. The Pretty Little Liars actress wore a blush pink Temperley London dress with a matching mesh veil fascinator to attend the royal wedd…

Troian Bellisario had “a nightmare” trying to find a fascinator to wear to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding.

The Pretty Little Liars actress wore a blush pink Temperley London dress with a matching mesh veil fascinator to attend the royal wedding in Windsor, England with her husband Patrick J. Adams, Meghan’s former Suits co-star, in May 2018.

In a new interview with Australia’s Stellar magazine, Troian admitted she had a hard time finding a formal headpiece that was the right size and had “extreme anxiety” that she would get it wrong and be criticised by the press.

“They look ridiculous unless you’re in the 1930s. You could get one that is an absolute piece of art, but then are you being too vain and trying to call too much attention to yourself? Or if you get a fascinator that’s very small, are you not going for tradition?” she confessed. “I’d never needed a fascinator in my life, and here I was trying to walk this tightrope of ‘don’t go too big, don’t go too small’. It was a nightmare.”

She called up her stylist Annabelle Harron before she was due to leave for the service to get some reassurance that her choice of fascinator wasn’t breaking any royal rules.

“I was like, ‘Annabelle, this is not a full hat.’ And she said, ‘It’s fine, you have a veil, you have a head covering.’ And I was like, ‘If the British press tears me apart, I can never forgive you for this.’ And she said, ‘Trust me, I’m an Aussie. I’ve got you!'” she recalled.

Besides her fascinator nightmare, the 34-year-old was also convinced that her outfit would give away the fact that she was pregnant with her daughter Aurora, who was born that October.

“I was trying to conceal the fact that I was five months pregnant. I was absolutely positive that it was going to be revealed,” she added.

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Kristen Stewart to portray Diana, Princess of Wales in Spencer

Kristen Stewart has signed on to portray Diana, Princess of Wales in Pablo Larrain’s upcoming movie Spencer. The Twilight star will play the beloved British royal in a drama that will focus on Diana deciding to end her marriage to Prince Charles. S…

Kristen Stewart has signed on to portray Diana, Princess of Wales in Pablo Larrain’s upcoming movie Spencer.

The Twilight star will play the beloved British royal in a drama that will focus on Diana deciding to end her marriage to Prince Charles.

Spencer, referring to Diana’s maiden name, will be helmed by Larrain, who previously directed Natalie Portman as former U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy in 2016’s Jackie, from a script by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Production is expected to begin in early 2021.

Explaining his decision to cast the American actress in the role, Larrain told Deadline, “Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile and ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need. The combination of those elements made me think of her. The way she responded to the script and how she is approaching the character, it’s very beautiful to see. I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature.

“We’re very happy to have her, she’s very committed. As a filmmaker, when you have someone who can hold such a weight, dramatic and narrative weight just with her eyes, then you have the strong lead who can deliver what we are looking for.”

Spencer will be set across three days – Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day – during one of Diana’s final Christmas holidays at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England in the early ’90s. It will examine her troubled relationship with Charles and her love for her sons William and Harry.

“Usually, the prince comes and finds the princess, invites her to become his wife and eventually she becomes queen. That is the fairy tale,” Larrain explained. “When someone decides not to be the queen, and says, ‘I’d rather go and be myself,’ it’s a big, big decision, a fairy tale upside down. I’ve always been very surprised by that and thought it must have been very hard to do. That is the heart of the movie.”

Diana married Charles in 1981 and they eventually divorced in 1996. She tragically died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

The royal has been portrayed onscreen on numerous occasions, including by Naomi Watts in 2013’s Diana. She will be played by Emma Corrin in the upcoming season of Netflix’s The Crown.

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Clare Waight Keller reflects on ‘wonderful energy’ at Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding

Clare Waight Keller has recalled the “wonderful energy” at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May 2018.To mark the couple’s second wedding anniversary on Tuesday, the British designer took to Instagram to reminisce about making Meghan’s custom…

Clare Waight Keller has recalled the “wonderful energy” at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May 2018.

To mark the couple’s second wedding anniversary on Tuesday, the British designer took to Instagram to reminisce about making Meghan’s custom ivory silk Givenchy dress and the atmosphere as they all entered St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England.

“Like so many, I have watched journeys like this with the royals travelling through well-wishers for Ascot, Trooping the Colour and other weddings but never before have I experienced it first-hand myself. We travelled for a few minutes behind Meghan’s car, going through that wonderful energy and uplifting spirit before diverting to the Chapel,” she captioned a slideshow of snaps of Meghan and Harry. “I can say that definitely it’s the closest thing to experiencing what the royal family sees every time they drive into the crowds, truly quite extraordinary feeling that patriotic love. It was an exciting precursor to the arrival at the side of the chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.”

Waight Keller then went on to remember how she was amazed to see so many people lined up around the venue.

“Thinking back to that day, there are memories from behind the scenes including the journey to the church and the official portraits in Windsor Castle that really stand out in my memory. The ride in the car to the church was an incredible trip through a sea of waving hands, flags, and people from every walk of life. I remember the roar of the crowds, huge, thunderously joyful you couldn’t help but smile and feel quite how surreal it was to be faced with this vision,” the designer added.

Waight Keller has been sharing highlights from her time at Givenchy in recent weeks. Last month, she announced her plans to exit her role as creative director of the French luxury house following a three-year stint.

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Clare Waight Keller reflects on designing Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s ‘timeless’ wedding dress

Clare Waight Keller has reflected on designing Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s “timeless” wedding gown.The British designer took to Instagram on Thursday to reminisce about the emotional journey she went through to create the ivory silk Givenchy dress that…

Clare Waight Keller has reflected on designing Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s “timeless” wedding gown.

The British designer took to Instagram on Thursday to reminisce about the emotional journey she went through to create the ivory silk Givenchy dress that the former Suits star wore as she stepped into St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England to wed Prince Harry in May 2018.

“Two years ago today I was in the final fittings for a very secret dress. So many emotions were running through me during those months leading up to the big day,” she wrote, noting that she had to be sensitive to Meghan’s ideas for her dream wedding dress. “Learning to let go of my emotions and embrace the feelings of someone you are designing for brings about an incredibly beautiful relationship of trust and intimacy. Through hours of conversation, meetings together, and research, slowly all the pieces of that story came together.”

The stunning gown was accompanied by a sweeping veil, which featured a touching reference to Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

“Purity and simplicity were the guiding principles, a narrative of nature through the 53 florals of the Commonwealth to bring the world into the journey of the ceremony and subtlety bringing the lines of Givenchy and the history of the Maison to capture the classical timeless beauty I knew she wanted to achieve,” the 49-year-old explained, adding that she was honoured to be a part of the “very personal ceremony”.

The designer has been sharing her highlights from her time at Givenchy in recent days. Earlier this month, she announced her plans to exit her role as creative director of the French luxury brand following a three-year stint.

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Clare Waight Keller exiting Givenchy

Clare Waight Keller is departing Givenchy after a three-year stint.The British designer was appointed as creative director of haute couture and ready-to-wear at the French luxury fashion house in May 2017, replacing Riccardo Tisci. However, a represent…

Clare Waight Keller is departing Givenchy after a three-year stint.

The British designer was appointed as creative director of haute couture and ready-to-wear at the French luxury fashion house in May 2017, replacing Riccardo Tisci.

However, a representative for Givenchy announced on Instagram on Friday that Waight Keller was exiting her role.

“The house of Givenchy and Clare Waight Keller announce the end of their collaboration,” they wrote. “Givenchy wants to warmly thank Clare Waight Keller for her creative leadership, in contribution to our latest chapter.”

During her tenure, Waight Keller built up a reputation for her classic and elegant designs, and on occasion, scoured the late Hubert de Givenchy’s archives for inspiration.

She also designed the custom-made white dress worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.

Confirming the news on her own Instagram page, Waight Keller extended her “heartfelt thanks” to her entire team at the label.

“I have shared so many incredible moments with the brilliant Givenchy ateliers and design teams: your exceptional talent and dedication will forever remain in my memories. My heartfelt thanks go out to each of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the scenes, for their contribution from product to communications and retail, and every global team member, partner and supplier in between,” the 49-year-old noted. “Without all of you, I could not have brought my vision for Givenchy to life in such a beautiful way. I am now looking forward to embarking on the next episode. Love and creativity remain central to what I do, and who I am, as does a heartfelt belief in kindness, and the courage to be true to your art. See you soon, and most importantly, stay safe.”

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex narrates new documentary for Disney+

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been tapped to narrate a new nature documentary for Disney+.The film, titled Elephant, will mark the first project for the 38-year-old former actress after she and husband Prince Harry formally step away from their roles w…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been tapped to narrate a new nature documentary for Disney+.

The film, titled Elephant, will mark the first project for the 38-year-old former actress after she and husband Prince Harry formally step away from their roles within the royal family on 31 March.

“Disneynature’s Elephant, an Original Movie narrated by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, starts streaming April 3, only on #DisneyPlus,” the studio announced on social media.

The documentary, directed by Mark Linfield, follows an African elephant named Shani and her male child Jomo as they migrate with their herd and its matriarch, Gaia, across the Kalahari Desert in Botswana.

The Duchess of Sussex’s fee for the voiceover gig will be donated to the conservation organisation Elephants Without Borders, which protects animals from poaching in Botswana.

And the documentary credits the mother-of-one as Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, rather than using her royal title of Her Royal Highness.

Back in January, it was reported that the former Suits star had sealed a deal with Disney to do voiceover work, which was signed before she and husband Harry announced their decision to step back from their senior roles in the royal family.

In July last year, Harry discussed his wife’s future career with Disney boss Bob Iger at The Lion King premiere in London.

“You do know she does voiceovers?” he said in a clip from the red carpet meeting.

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Stella McCartney criticised for promoting coat worn by Duchess of Sussex during Remembrance Day service

Stella McCartney has been criticised for promoting the coat that was worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during the Remembrance Day service on Sunday.The Duchess joined her husband Prince Harry, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the…

Stella McCartney has been criticised for promoting the coat that was worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during the Remembrance Day service on Sunday.

The Duchess joined her husband Prince Harry, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family at the Cenotaph war memorial in London on Sunday to pay her respects to the military and civilian servicemen and women who have lost their lives in conflict.

She was wearing a black, belted wool Stella McCartney coat at the sombre service, along with a black brimmed hat and a poppy brooch on her lapel.

Stella shared a picture of Meghan in the $1,980 (£1,545) garment on Instagram and called herself “so honoured” in the caption.

“So honoured to have HRH Duchess of Sussex in our Autumn ’19 coat at Remembrance Day service. x Stella #RemembranceDay,” the 48-year-old wrote, prompting a flurry of comments slamming the designer for using a photo from the Remembrance Day service to plug her brand.

“Remembrance Day is to honour those that fought for us not to use for advertising purposes. Pretty shocked,” one follower wrote, while another commented: “Using Remembrance Day to advertise your clothes is a little disrespectful! People died and you take pictures of people showing respect for advertising purposes. Just wrong.”

Stella then removed the offending photo and replaced it with a video of a field of poppies instead.

“Remembering the ones that sacrificed to give us freedom x Stella⁣,” she wrote.

The actress-turned-royal is a big fan of Stella’s designs and famously wore a stunning white halterneck dress created by the fashion icon for her evening wedding reception last year.

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The Wedding Planner costume designer talks Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s dress

The Wedding Planner’s costume designer has spoken about the comparisons between the dress worn by Jennifer Lopez in the movie and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown.Released in 2001, the romantic comedy was directed by Adam Shankman and followed …

The Wedding Planner’s costume designer has spoken about the comparisons between the dress worn by Jennifer Lopez in the movie and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown.

Released in 2001, the romantic comedy was directed by Adam Shankman and followed San Francisco-based wedding planner Mary Fiore, as played by Jennifer, as she met and fell in love with Steve Edison (Matthew McConaughey) – who happens to be the groom at one of her upcoming ceremonies.

In a pivotal scene, Jennifer’s character dons a vintage white gown with an off-the-shoulder neckline, which a number of fans have claimed resembles the Givenchy dress Meghan wore to her wedding with Prince Harry in May 2018, but in a new interview with Glamour magazine, the film’s costume designer Pamela Withers Chilton insisted the similarities were a “coincidence”.

“I got a lot of texts about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress,” she commented. “I’m like, ‘Well, I’m sure it’s a coincidence.’ But (Meghan) was at a good romcom age when the movie came out – she could have been watching it at sleepovers!”

Designed by Clare Waight Keller, Meghan’s wedding gown was made of silk and featured an open boat neckline, while her veil was embroidered with flowers representing the countries of the Commonwealth and her home state of California.

Elsewhere in the chat, Pamela shared that she took inspiration from a number of sources when creating the gown for Jennifer to wear in the movie.

“The wedding dress wasn’t supposed to be a big, frilly, princess affair. We pulled a bunch of vintage shapes to get started, and that’s where we jumped off: We liked a piece of this, a piece of that, and combined them all. It’s beautiful, but it’s not a celebration or a joyful expression of one’s self. It’s kind of serious. It’s dutiful,” the designer explained. “That’s why we liked the vintage feel of that pillbox hat and the veil matching it, because it was a throwback.”

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex re-wears engagement dress to awards ceremony

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex re-wore her engagement dress to an awards ceremony with her husband Prince Harry on Tuesday.The royal couple stepped out for the annual WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, with Meghan wearing a very famili…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex re-wore her engagement dress to an awards ceremony with her husband Prince Harry on Tuesday.

The royal couple stepped out for the annual WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, with Meghan wearing a very familiar dark green dress for the occasion.

The mid-length sleeveless garment, which features a bow around the waist, is from Italian brand P.A.R.O.S.H., and the 38-year-old wore it originally during her and Harry’s engagement announcement and interview in November 2017.

For the awards ceremony, Meghan teamed the forest green dress with brown Manolo Blahnik suede high heels, a Montunas tortoiseshell scarf bag, and a camel coat from Sentaler.

She accessorised the look with gold and diamond stud earrings from Emily Mortimer Jewellery, while Harry looked dapper in a dark blue suit and pale blue patterned tie.

Back in 2017, the former Suits star complemented her P.A.R.O.S.H. dress with a belted white wrap coat by Line the Label as she and Harry announced their engagement following more than a year of dating.

During the WellChild Awards on Tuesday, which honours ill children and their caregivers, Harry delivered a speech to the audience, and revealed that at the ceremony last year, Meghan was secretly pregnant with their son, five-month-old Archie.

Meghan attended the event in 2018 wearing an all-black suit by Altuzarra, which she accessorised with a black clutch by Stella McCartney.

The WellChild organisation was one of four causes Harry and Meghan asked people to support instead of buying gifts for their newborn son in May.

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Misha Nonoo designed own wedding dress

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo created her own wedding dress. The U.S.-based designer, who is best known for her eponymous line of women’s ready-to-wear clothing and her friendship with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, tied the knot with oil heir Mikey Hess at…

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo created her own wedding dress.

The U.S.-based designer, who is best known for her eponymous line of women’s ready-to-wear clothing and her friendship with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, tied the knot with oil heir Mikey Hess at Villa Aurelia in Rome, Italy on Friday.

When it came to selecting what to wear for her big day, Nonoo admitted to People that it was difficult making a gown for herself.

“It was really hard,” she said. “When I’m designing a piece, I’m usually thinking about every woman. It has to tick a lot of boxes. When you’re thinking about designing something that you’re going to wear for one day and you have to really only think about yourself, it’s different.

“Obviously, you want your husband to think you look beautiful and you want your respective families to as well, but otherwise you can do whatever you want – you can have short sleeves, long sleeves, high neck, low neck, open back, no back. It makes it much more challenging.”

However, in the end, Nonoo decided the best solution was to have two dresses.

“I like to design with a set of parameters. (It took some time) for me to come to what it was going to be in the end. I had some ideas initially. I knew I wanted it to be traditional. So, I’ve opted for two dresses, so I can tick both boxes!” the fashion star added.

Paparazzi photos showed Nonoo wearing a simple white dress as she arrived at the venue, while a delicate ivory grown with embellished floral details was seen being carried into the villa. No official photographs of the dresses have been released.

Nonoo and Hess exchanged vows in front of a star-studded crowd including Meghan and Prince Harry, Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner, and James Corden.

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