Why the Queen will get a sneak peak of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress before the big day

But one task most brides-to-be don't have to worry about is giving their future grandmother-in-law a sneak-peek of their wedding dress.

Of course, most of us won't be marrying into royalty – so the rules are a little different for Meghan Markle, who's getting hitched to Prince Harry, 33, on Saturday May 19.

The 36-year-old former Suits actress is expected to give The Queen a sneak-peek of her gown ahead of the big day – following in the footsteps of Kate Middleton and Autumn Kelly before her, because it has get her approval.

Speaking on Lorraine, The Sun's royal correspondent Emily Andrews revealed: "The Queen is also going to see a sneak-peek of Meghan’s dress because she has to approve it beforehand."

Meghan's dress is rumoured to be an £100,000 number by Ralph & Russo, the designers responsible for her stunning black engagement shoot dress, according to the Daily Mail.

According to US Weekly's Omid Scobie, it's already "safely hidden" at Windsor Castle – and the Queen will get a private viewing with Meghan "later this week".

Another royal expert, Emily Nash, said it was a "nice courtesy" to clear the gown with Her Maj, while speaking on the On Heir podcast this week.

"We understand that this is royal tradition," she said.

"I know that brides like Autumn Kelly, who married Peter Phillips, did do that and it's just a nice courtesy to show it to Her Majesty before the big day."

Given that the Queen had to give her approval for the wedding to take place at all, a private dress viewing doesn't seem too outrageous.

Meghan's expected to opt for a more modern dress than previous royal brides, so let's just hope the Queen approves.

But, in the year she made her London Fashion Week debut to watch "forward-thinking" Brit designer Richard Quinn's show, we guess anything is possible.

In related news, the Royal Wedding is expected to cost a staggering £32 million, but who is paying for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big day?

And Meghan and Harry 'will have a baby within a year of getting married', pals claim.

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