Meghan Markle Wears Kerry Designer’s Gown On Royal Tour

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Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle wearing the THEIA gown, with husband Prince Harry this week.

HE’S had his designs worn by Hollywood royalty but now a Kerry designer can add actual royalty to his list of clients, as Meghan Markle donned a Don O’Neill creation this week.

The Duchess of Sussex wore the custom THEIA gown to a reception and dinner hosted by King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u of Tonga on Day 10 of the couple’s Australian Royal Tour.

The ivory crepe column gown features flanged shoulders, a jewel neck, and side slit. The shoulders are accentuated with hand embroidered appliques of crystals and micro glass beads.

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Ballyheigue native and THEIA Creative Director Don O’Neill explained how it all came about. “The Duchess of Sussex has long been a source of inspiration. Her classic, effortless and chic style coupled with all the excitement  leading up to her wedding earlier this year inspired my Spring 2019 bridal collection which I showed in April.”

“When her stylist reached out to inquire if I could make a dress for her Australian press tour, I stopped everything  we were doing (my bridal show was just a week away) and immediately went to work on Her Royal Highness’s gown.

We completed the gown in 2 days, shipped it out and received confirmation that The Duchess loved it, but with one caveat. We needed to remake it with extra seam allowance. We knew immediately why this extra allowance was required, but mum’s the word, and with less than one week to my bridal show, all hands were on deck once more, we re-made the gown and I literally had to run down Broadway that Friday night to catch the UPS truck making it with just 2 minutes to spare!”

“I am humbled and sooo excited to dress The Duchess of Sussex. It has been an exciting whirlwind collaboration. Her Royal Highness is a truly beautiful inspiring woman, a bright shining light in this world and we at THEIA are truly honored to be part of The Royal Tour of Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand.”

Her gown will be available for pre-order for $995 at

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