Kate Middleton reportedly in “tears" after wedding dress secret leaked

She had hoped to keep it hidden until the big day

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, wave as they travel in the 1902 State Landau carriage along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace
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Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, was reportedly left upset before her wedding to Prince William in 2011 after the secret of her wedding dress was leaked.

Kate Middleton had hoped to keep the designer of her wedding dress a secret from the world until she married Prince William on 29 April 2011. The couple tied the knot in a romantic and majestic royal wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, watched by millions. 

As soon as Kate stepped out of the black 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV she arrived in, the eyes of the world were upon her stunning dress. 

Designed by Sarah Burton, who was then creative director of Alexander McQueen, this plunge-front lace gown with its 2.7-metre train captured everyone’s imaginations. The overall reveal and entrance to the Abbey was undeniably spectacular.

Though a source has suggested that in the lead-up to the big day, Kate was left upset when her wedding dress secret was leaked.

Kate Middleton waves as she arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for her wedding to Britain's Prince William, on April 29, 2011

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What was Kate Middleton’s wedding dress secret?

Despite her hopes for the design and designer of her wedding dress to remain a secret, Kate Middleton didn’t quite get her wish. At the time The Sunday Times wrote of how: "A fashion source said that the dress will be a combination of Middleton’s own design ideas and Burton’s deep knowledge and understanding of high fashion."

Sarah Burton, however, is understood to have denied she was in fact the designer behind the future Duchess of Cambridge’s gown until the official announcement was made.

However, the leak of this information supposedly caused Kate disappointment. 

During an interview on Channel 5 documentary, Secrets of the Royal Dressmakers, royal expert Katie Nicholl reportedly claimed: "Behind the scenes, I think that caused tears at the Palace because Kate had done everything she could to keep the wedding dress a secret."

Although this didn’t quite turn out as the Duchess might have hoped, she was nonetheless a stunning bride. Who could forget her graceful walk down the aisle on the arm of her proud father Michael Middleton towards her now-husband Prince William?

Recently Duchess Catherine, as she is now known, was named the ‘best fashion influencer’ for her lockdown wardrobe.

We can’t wait to see what Duchess Catherine wears in 2021!

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!