“Somewhere in here there’s a piece of blue fabric that’s stitched inside — it was my something blue,” Markle explains. “It’s fabric from the dress that I wore on our first date.”
Swoon. But wait that’s not the only thing that about Markle’s 16-foot veil that probably had Prince Harry biting his lip after the ceremony: the headpiece also featured a trim of hand-embroidered flowers from each of the 53 counties in the Commonwealth, the family of nations linked to the U.K. It also included one for wintersweet, which grows outside of the royal couple’s home at Kensington Palace, and the California poppy, the official flower of Markle’s home state.
"When people come they can find their flower," Markle explained in the video. "With Harry's role as youth ambassador for the Commonwealth, it was so important for us to have a spirit of inclusivity in the wedding." How did Harry like the veil surprises? According to Markle “he was really over the moon.”
"I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her. I was like, 'Okay, well I'm going to have to up my game,'" Harry revealed about their first date – a blind one, at that – in the first interview the couple did following their engagement announcement. So it’s no surprise that Markle decided to pay tribute to this special day at their May 19 wedding.