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Diana’s dress designer looking forward to new royal extravaganza

David Emanuel said Meghan Markle would bring a lot of glamour to the royal family.

David Emanuel, who designed Princess Diana’s dress for her wedding to the Prince of Wales in 1981, was soaking up the atmosphere ahead of Saturday’s ceremony.

“I think it’s incredibly exciting,” he said. “Meghan is going to bring a lot of glamour to the royal family and I just want her to look so elegant tomorrow.”

The 65-year-old designer said he was enjoying the buzz of the town and was excited to see what the dress would look like.

He added: “By now, the designer should have delivered her gown to the hotel for final pressing ready for the big day.”

Mr Emanuel has had a very successful television career after being catapulted to fame in 1981 but says he has fond memories of working with Prince Harry’s mother.

He added: “The sad note is that Diana won’t be here tomorrow. Diana was such a joy to work with. I delivered the gown to Clarence House and when I got there, there were all the corgis for the Queen Mother and we were given a private bedroom for Diana and we kept the bridesmaids in a separate bedroom.

“What was fun was, in the morning, Diana on her dressing room table had the television on and we could see all of the bands, and then we looked out of the window and going down the mall were the bands.

“It was a very special time. She had a lot of energy and a lot of fun, and that’s what I miss. If people remember anything, just remember she gave a lot of happiness to people and was a lot of fun. It’s a shame she’s not here to enjoy it.”

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