Meghan Markle stuns in Ralph & Russo for engagement photos  Kingdom Showbiz

Meghan Markle stuns in Ralph & Russo for engagement photos Kingdom Showbiz

Meghan Markle knew all eyes were going to be on her when she and Prince Harry released their engagement
photos today. And the bride-to-be certainly didn’t shy a way from making a statement when it came to her dress. The 36-year-old looked red carpet ready in a glittering couture gown by British label Ralph & Russo.
The handmade creation would have taken thousands of hours to make and is estimated to cost £56,000. Kensington
Palace confirmed the gown was ‘privately purchased’. Meghan’s decision to wear a gown by the London-based designer for such a high profile occasion shows
her commitment to supporting British fashion in her new role as a member of the Royal Family. Scroll down for video …NOW GET ONE LIKE IT Supporters were at first only given a glimpse of the gown’s
sheer bodice in the colour photograph released of Meghan, 36, with her fiance, 35, on the steps of Frogmore
House, a private royal residence in the grounds of Windsor Castle. However the couple later shared a third photo, revealing the gown in all its glory. In it, Meghan is
seen clinging on to Harry’s arm as they scroll through the castle grounds. The dress’s embellished bodice
catches the light while the cascading tulle skirt creates a dynamic movement in the image. Ralph & Russo is a luxurious in-the-know label for high-profile women with a love of fashion. The label, run by Australian couple Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, specialises in elaborate couture
dresses studded with crystals, devoré feathers, iridescent metallic and floor-sweeping trains. Blake Lively, Angelina Jolie, and Meghan’s dear friend Priyanka Chopra are among its many A-list fans. All of their dresses are made by hand, which can take up to 3,000 hours. This particular creation costs
£46,650, or an estimated £56,000 with VAT. But while there is little doubt it is a showstopping gown,
it has not been a unanimous hit. Dozens of people have already taken to to question whether the extravagant gown was appropriate for
the occasion – while others said it’s fit for a princess. The photographs of Meghan and Harry were taken by celebrated fashion and celebrity photographer Alexi
Lubomirski, who has snapped everyone from Julia Roberts to Angelina Jolie. The pictures were taken earlier this week at Frogmore House, a private royal residence in the grounds
of Windsor Castle. The couple released the first two pictures at 11am today, before Kensington Palace put out another one
at 1pm, saying: ‘Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments following the release of Prince
Harry and Ms Meghan Markle’s engagement photographs. ‘The couple are so grateful for the warm and generous messages they have received during such a happy
time in their lives. ‘As a way to say thank you, they have decided to share this candid photograph from the day of their
portrait sittings directly with all of you.’ This morning, an intimate black and white portrait of the newly-engaged couple embracing was published
alongside an endearing but more formal picture of them sat together holding hands. Frogmore House is where Harry’s cousin, Peter Phillips, son of the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne,
held his wedding reception with Canadian Autumn Kelly in 2008, and has been tipped privately as a possible
venue for Harry and Meghan’s own bash. Harry brought his new fiancée to the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch at the palace yesterday, where she
was introduced to almost every member of the Royal Family. The couple announced their engagement on November 27 and a few days later a proud prince introduced
his bride-to-be to the nation during a series of official events in Nottingham. Red carpet ready: Ralph & Russo has the A-list’s seal of approval

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