Heartbroken Kate Middleton ‘in tears at palace’ after huge secret was leaked


Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, was reportedly left ‘in tears’ before her wedding to Prince William in 2011 after details about her wedding dress were leaked

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.  The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state.  Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony at Westminster Abbey in front of millions of people.

Every detail was meticulously planned months before their big day in 2011, from the guest list to the venue and the menu.

However, a leaked secret threatened to ruin the big day.

Like many brides, the then Kate Middleton wanted to keep details of her wedding dress a secret until she walked down the aisle.

But despite doing everything in her power to keep the designer a secret, news got out.

Details of Kate’s dress had been leaked

Kate’s dress featured a fitted bodice with a sheer lace neckline and sleeves
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The secret designer was leaked and revealed to be Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton.

Speaking on Channel 5 documentary Secrets of the Royal Dressmakers, royal expert Katie Nicholl discussed how much this upset the future Duchess of Cambridge.

She said: “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.”

The leak didn’t appear to phase Kate on the day
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Almost two months before the Duke and Duchess were meant to marry, The Sunday Times revealed Sarah was the designer.

At the time, the publication reported: “She was selected by Middleton, who is making increasing efforts to develop her own style, on grounds of her quirky elegance, discretion and low profile.

“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 designed Kate’s dress
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“Middleton had hoped to keep Burton’s name quiet until the wedding.”

Burton denied any involvement until she was officially announced as the designer on the wedding day, where she was present to help style Kate’s dress.

But the leak didn’t appear to dampen Kate’s mood on the day as she couldn’t have looked happier to marry her prince.

Wedding dress designer Caroline Castigliano says the big reveal was still special, even though the designer had been leaked as no one had actually seen it before the day.

She said: “Everybody loved Kate’s dress. That excitement when she stepped out, it was just ‘wow’.

“Incredible. She looked sensational. Even now it gives me butterflies.”

Sarah used traditional Carrickmacross craftsmanship to make the dress, a technique dating back to the 1800s, to represent ‘something old’.

Individual lace roses, thistles, daffodils and shamrocks were attached by hand to the ivory silk tulle, and the skirt was crafted with white satin gazar arches and pleats to cast an opening flower.

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