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Princess Diana Had a Second Wedding Dress That She Didn't Know About

ELLE logo ELLE 8/17/2018 Nerisha Penrose
David Emanuel reveals he designed a second wedding dress for Princess Diana just in case the first dress design leaked.: Why Princess Diana Had a Second Wedding Gown © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Why Princess Diana Had a Second Wedding Gown

Before Meghan Markle's Givenchy gown and Kate Middleton's Sarah Burton for Alexander Wang dress were etched into royal wedding history, Princess Diana's wedding gown held the crown as the most iconic royal wedding gown. (That train!) But one little slip up could've caused Princess Diana to walk down the aisle in an entirely different dress.

According to Hello, David Emanuel, who designed Princess Diana's lavish wedding gown, created a back-up dress for the princess because he feared Princess Diana's first wedding dress design would be leaked to the public.

"At the time we wanted to make absolutely sure that the dress was a surprise," David said. "We didn't try it on Diana. We never even discussed it. We wanted to make sure that we had something there; it was for our own peace of mind, really."

a couple of people that are standing in a wedding dress: Royal Wedding © Fox Photos - Getty Images Royal Wedding

The second dress lacked the "wow" factor that made the original a history-making dress, although it had a similar ruffled neckline and was created from the same ivory silk taffeta fabric Emanuel used to create the gown she actual wore on her wedding day. The original wedding gown featured a ruffled v-neck and puff sleeves, 10,000 pearls, antique lace, and a 25-foot-long train.

a bed with a red rug: Princess Of Wales © Fox Photos - Getty Images Princess Of Wales a man and a woman in a wedding dress: Charles Kissing Diana © Bettmann - Getty Images Charles Kissing Diana

Of course, there was no leak and Diana's secret backup dress remained a secret until now.

Second dresses are now quite common for brides. Look no further than the most recent royal wedding for a perfect example: Meghan Markle changed from her more formal Givenchy wedding gown into a simpler and sexier halter-necked Stella McCartney dress for her wedding reception.

a man and a woman standing in front of a building: Prince Harry Marries Ms. Meghan Markle - Windsor Castle © WPA Pool - Getty Images Prince Harry Marries Ms. Meghan Markle - Windsor Castle

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