Queen Elizabeth II's savage two-word criticism of Meghan Markle's wedding dress revealed by royal biographer

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By stefan armitage

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An acclaimed royal biographer has shared how the late Queen Elizabeth II responded after seeing Meghan Markle's wedding dress.

In 2018, the former Suits actress officially joined the UK Royal Family when she tied the knot to Queen Elizabeth II's grandson, Prince Harry.

Sadly, the couple's relationship has been marred with controversy - from Meghan and Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey to the Prince's repeated outlandish claims in his autobiography, Spare.

Now, Ingrid Seward - the editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine and royal biographer, is known as one of the most prominent and respected writers on the British royal family - is set to release a new book providing a fresh insight into the monarchy.

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Queen Elizabeth II apparently had some thoughts on Meghan Markle's dress. Credit: George Pimentel / Getty

Following the success of her previous books - such as The Queen's Speech, My Husband and I, and Prince Philip Revealed - Seward's forthcoming book, My Mother And I, has revealed Queen Elizabeth II's thoughts about Markle.

The Independent reports that excerpts of the book revealed that the late Queen Elizabeth II would only share her personal thoughts with her closest confidantes, including her cousin Lady Elizabeth Anson.

Snippets of the book, as reported by The Times, reveal that Queen Elizabeth II's initial response to Markle was certainly favorable - and that she "approved" of the actress when she was introduced to her by Prince Harry in 2017.

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Queen Elizabeth II "approved" of Meghan when they first met. Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo / getty

However, a year later, Queen Elizabeth II apparently had some criticism over Markle's wedding to Prince Harry - with Seward writing that the late Queen believed Markle's dress was "too white" for a divorcee.

Seward writes in her upcoming book: "In the monarch’s view, it was not appropriate for a divorcee getting remarried in church to look quite so flamboyantly virginal."

The Royal Observer adds that, according to Seward, Queen Elizabeth II was also "uncomfortable" with the former Prince Charles - Meghan new father-in-law - walking the actress down the aisle in place of her absent father, Thomas Markle. The late monarch allegedly thought that Markle should have "walked herself" through the procession.

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Charles walks Markle down the aisle. Credit: WPA Pool / Getty

Elsewhere in Seward's upcoming book, she shared the alleged spiteful nickname the late Prince Philip had for Markle.

As reported by The Telegraph, an excerpt of Seward's new book reveals that Prince Philip referred to Markle as the "Duchess of Windsor".

This nickname is a pointed reference to the controversial American socialite Wallis Simpson, who held the same title.

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Prince Philip allegedly had a spiteful nickname for Meghan Markle. Credit: WPA Pool / Getty

Wallis, a divorced American, married Edward VIII in 1937 after he abdicated the British throne, sparking a major scandal.

Edward VIII - the uncle of the late Queen Elizabeth II - faced major pushback from the Church of England and the UK Prime Minister at the time Stanley Baldwin, who not only frowned upon the King marrying a divorced woman, but also argued that the public would not accept Simpson as queen because of her marital status.

They went on to be granted the title of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor by Edward's younger brother, King George VI.

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Wallace Simpson also faced criticism for her relationship with King Edward VIII. Credit: Bettmann / Getty

Seward's book delves into Prince Philip's perception of Markle and his eerie comparison to Simpson. She notes that Philip found it "uncanny" how much Markle reminded him of Simpson. This comparison went beyond their physical similarities as both were slim, dark-haired, and glamorous American divorcees.

Markle had been married to film producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 until their divorce in 2014, similar to Simpson's status as a divorced woman before her marriage to Edward VIII.

Featured image credit: WPA Pool / Getty

Queen Elizabeth II's savage two-word criticism of Meghan Markle's wedding dress revealed by royal biographer

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By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

An acclaimed royal biographer has shared how the late Queen Elizabeth II responded after seeing Meghan Markle's wedding dress.

In 2018, the former Suits actress officially joined the UK Royal Family when she tied the knot to Queen Elizabeth II's grandson, Prince Harry.

Sadly, the couple's relationship has been marred with controversy - from Meghan and Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey to the Prince's repeated outlandish claims in his autobiography, Spare.

Now, Ingrid Seward - the editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine and royal biographer, is known as one of the most prominent and respected writers on the British royal family - is set to release a new book providing a fresh insight into the monarchy.

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Queen Elizabeth II apparently had some thoughts on Meghan Markle's dress. Credit: George Pimentel / Getty

Following the success of her previous books - such as The Queen's Speech, My Husband and I, and Prince Philip Revealed - Seward's forthcoming book, My Mother And I, has revealed Queen Elizabeth II's thoughts about Markle.

The Independent reports that excerpts of the book revealed that the late Queen Elizabeth II would only share her personal thoughts with her closest confidantes, including her cousin Lady Elizabeth Anson.

Snippets of the book, as reported by The Times, reveal that Queen Elizabeth II's initial response to Markle was certainly favorable - and that she "approved" of the actress when she was introduced to her by Prince Harry in 2017.

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Queen Elizabeth II "approved" of Meghan when they first met. Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo / getty

However, a year later, Queen Elizabeth II apparently had some criticism over Markle's wedding to Prince Harry - with Seward writing that the late Queen believed Markle's dress was "too white" for a divorcee.

Seward writes in her upcoming book: "In the monarch’s view, it was not appropriate for a divorcee getting remarried in church to look quite so flamboyantly virginal."

The Royal Observer adds that, according to Seward, Queen Elizabeth II was also "uncomfortable" with the former Prince Charles - Meghan new father-in-law - walking the actress down the aisle in place of her absent father, Thomas Markle. The late monarch allegedly thought that Markle should have "walked herself" through the procession.

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Charles walks Markle down the aisle. Credit: WPA Pool / Getty

Elsewhere in Seward's upcoming book, she shared the alleged spiteful nickname the late Prince Philip had for Markle.

As reported by The Telegraph, an excerpt of Seward's new book reveals that Prince Philip referred to Markle as the "Duchess of Windsor".

This nickname is a pointed reference to the controversial American socialite Wallis Simpson, who held the same title.

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Prince Philip allegedly had a spiteful nickname for Meghan Markle. Credit: WPA Pool / Getty

Wallis, a divorced American, married Edward VIII in 1937 after he abdicated the British throne, sparking a major scandal.

Edward VIII - the uncle of the late Queen Elizabeth II - faced major pushback from the Church of England and the UK Prime Minister at the time Stanley Baldwin, who not only frowned upon the King marrying a divorced woman, but also argued that the public would not accept Simpson as queen because of her marital status.

They went on to be granted the title of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor by Edward's younger brother, King George VI.

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Wallace Simpson also faced criticism for her relationship with King Edward VIII. Credit: Bettmann / Getty

Seward's book delves into Prince Philip's perception of Markle and his eerie comparison to Simpson. She notes that Philip found it "uncanny" how much Markle reminded him of Simpson. This comparison went beyond their physical similarities as both were slim, dark-haired, and glamorous American divorcees.

Markle had been married to film producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 until their divorce in 2014, similar to Simpson's status as a divorced woman before her marriage to Edward VIII.

Featured image credit: WPA Pool / Getty