There was little to do with the wardrobe in the 2018 hoopla surrounding Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s bridesmaids’ dresses. The real problem was the rivalry between the in-laws.
In 2019, reports claimed that Meghan and Kate were at odds about who should pay for the bridesmaids’ dresses for Harry and Meghan’s wedding. After a disagreement, the British media said that Meghan had caused Kate to cry.
Two years later, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan revealed that she and Harry argued over the dress. However, she said that Kate was responsible for her emotional breakdown and that she has since apologized to her.
In his memoir Spare, published in 2023, Prince Harry provided the most in-depth description of the conflict, claiming that Kate had been unreasonable throughout.
He said there was a problem with the bridesmaid’s dresses. They have to be changed. They were made to order. They might need some tweaking.
According to Harry’s story, Kate initially declined to make the adjustments despite Meghan’s assurances that a tailor was available in Kensington Palace. It was four days before the wedding, and she said that “Charlotte’s dress is too big, too long, too baggy,” meaning that it would have to be redone. When she tried it on at home, she burst into tears.
After that, Harry found Meghan “on the floor,” he wrote. Sobbing.”
Royal fashion expert Miranda Holder said she speculated that changes may have been made because “within reason, there should be fit checks right up until the day before the event.”
The costumes are unlikely to have had much to do with the controversy, which has been blown out of proportion online and in the media. Holder elaborated that this has more to do with the tensions that existed at the time among the royal family members.
She said there is a significant cultural gap between Kate and Meghan, and she thinks it contributed to the tension.