Duchess of Sussex gives award to her wedding dress designer

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The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at this year’s British Fashion Awards – to present a prize to the designer of her wedding dress.

Clare Waight Keller, artistic director at Givenchy, was named womenswear designer of the year at the event.

The Duchess said Waight Keller was “leading on the global stage with vision and creativity”.

“When I met her for the first time 11 months ago I knew we would be working very closely together,” she added.

Meghan, who wore a one-shouldered black Givenchy gown for the occasion, paid tribute to Waight Keller’s “incredible kindness” at the Royal Albert Hall ceremony.

The Birmingham-born designer became the first female artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy in 2017.

In her acceptance speech, Waight Keller thanked the Duchess for trusting in her when it came to making her wedding dress.

“To have someone like that trust you in an incredible moment in their life is something that is just the most unbelievable honour,” she said. “I can’t thank you enough.”