May 19th won’t be Meghan Markle’s only ‘wedding’ in 2018. Every Suits fan knows that the actress is set to walk down the aisle on screen too, with her character Rachel Zane set to marry her love interest of seven seasons, Mike Ross (as played by Patrick J. Adams) as a grand finale before sadly leaving the show. And while details of her real-life wedding dress are being closely guarded until the big day, with new episodes of the legal drama arriving on US TV (and landing on Netflix for those of us in the UK), the Suits team have been teasing a first look at Meghan’s wedding dress.
Photos shared on Instagram by Entertainment Weekly provide us with a glimpse at the dress in question, showing Rachel walking down this aisle with her on-screen father (as played by Wendell Pierce who, along with Adams, has reportedly made the guest list for Meghan’s IRL nuptials) and slow dancing with her new husband. Both shots are (sigh) angled so that the front of the dress has been obscured, but we can see that the gown takes a deep ‘V’ shape at the back, features a traditional full skirt overlaid with lace and is cinched at the waist by a narrow black belt.
Meghan was previously spotted wearing the dress for filming in Toronto late last year, ahead of the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry. According to Hello! Meghan joined other members of the cast and crew at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto; the magazine also estimated that the gown in question was a £5,400 style by Anne Barge, courtesy of Kleinfeld Canada (where Meghan’s best friend and rumoured maid of honour Jessica Mulroney works as a communications consultant). If the dress looks familiar to Suits super-fans, that might be because it’s the same design that Rachel tried on in season five, before her wedding to Mike was eventually postponed.
Discussing her character’s gown in a past interview, Meghan revealed that Rachel’s choice was far from her ‘personal style,’ explaining: ‘I’m a lot more relaxed than Rachel.’
Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist,’ she added. ‘I personally prefer dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.’
Suits creator Aaron Korsh also spoke to EW about the importance of giving Rachel and Mike a proper fairytale ending before both Meghan and Patrick departed the show. ‘I was pretty happy with [the ending] because I know we do a lot of bittersweet stuff on the show, and it just felt good to give them a really good send-off,’ he said. ‘I was totally moved and I felt like the whole sequence does a really good job. I’m moved to tears, and then later I have a lot of joy but I also have sadness that these people are leaving.’
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.
They were introduced by mutual friend Markus Anderson, who is the director of Soho House.
In October 2016, the Express became the first newspaper to publish news that Prince Harry had a new girlfriend.
On November 8th 2016, Kensington Palace released an unprecedented statement which referring to Markle as Harry's girlfriend for the first time.
In the statement, Prince Harry condemned the 'wave of abuse and harrassment' faced by Markle, saying that he was 'worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.'
'It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,' the statement continued.
The couple were papped together for the first time in December 2016, shopping for a Christmas tree in London at the Pines and Needles store.
Later that week, they were seen on London's West End, catching a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
In February, Prince Harry wore a his 'n' hers bracelet on the cover of Town & Country magazine, just weeks after Markle was pictured wearing the same one on Instagram.
In March 2017, Meghan joined Prince Harry in the Caribbean for the wedding of his friend's Tom 'Skippy' Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young.
It was the first time that Markle accompanied Harry to a wedding, marking another milestone occasion for the couple.
The first public event attended by the couple was the polo at Coworth Park in May 2017.
Later in May, Markle attended the party portion of Pippa Middleton's wedding to James Middelton.
Prince Harry was seen driving her to the event after the church ceremony.
The couple made their first official public appearance in September, when Markle attended the opening of Prince Harry's Invictus Games.
Meghan wore a maroon midi dress with a pleated chiffon skirt by one of her favourite Canadian brands Aritzia.
She teamed it with a matching burgundy biker jacket by Mackage.
Although Prince Harry was sat next to First Lady Melania Trump at the event, rather than his girlfriend, she was only seated a few rows behind him.
The couple were photographed together the following day at the wheelchair tennis.
Much was made of Markle's choice of outfit: ripped jeans and a white blouse called 'The Husband'.
The couple 'broke with royal protocol' by holding hands and appearing affectionate while at the Invictus Games.
Prince Harry reportedly spent time with Meghan's mother Doria while at the Games too.
The couple indulged in some PDA at the closing ceremony.
Prince Harry was photographed kissing Meghan.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Meghan referred to Harry as her boyfriend numerous times, saying: 'We're a couple. We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people understand is that this is our time.'
In late September 2017, it was reported that Meghan had met the Queen, prompting speculation that the relationship was getting serious.
In early November 2017, it was reported that Meghan Markle was leaving Suits after seven series.
In mid-November 2017, bookies suspending betting on an impending royal engagement, as speculation grew that an announcement was about to be made.
On November 27th 2017, Prince Charles announced the engagement of his younger son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after 15 months of dating.
The couple later appeared at a photocall, with Markle wearing a white dress coat by Canadian brand Line The Label. The website has subsequently crashed.
The engagement ring, by Cleave and Company, was reportedly designed by Prince Harry himself, using two stones that belonged to Princess Diana.
When asked by waiting photographers if the proposal was romantic, Harry joked 'of course!'