- Chloe Savage helped make Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s wedding dresses.
- Decades earlier, she met Prince Philip – in the truest sense of the word – when she was hunting Barbados pigs.
- “I fell and he picked me up, wiped me off and said, ‘Pigs went this way,'” Savage told Insider.
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Decades before she helped make his famous daughters-in-law’s wedding dresses, Chloe Savage met Prince Philip – literally.
Savage, who embroidered Kate Middleton’s and Meghan Markle’s iconic wedding dresses, told Insider that she stumbled upon the Duke of Edinburgh when she was only 6 years old.
The future seamstress was hunting pigs in Barbados when she had her first encounter with a king.
“We hunted piglets, I can’t remember why, and I fell and he picked me up, dusted me, stood on my feet and said, ‘Pigs went this way,'” recalled Savage.
“As a kid, I had no idea who he was,” she added.
Chloe Savage embroidered Kate Middleton’s and Meghan Markle’s wedding dresses.
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Savage said Prince Philip was on the Caribbean island to visit her uncle Richard, who ran the Duke of Edinburgh’s awards program in Barbados.
Prince Philip created the program in 1956 to “challenge young people in Britain and other parts of the Commonwealth to meet standards of achievement and to compete in a variety of active interests,” according to the Royal Family Instagram page.
The program is active in 140 countries. In 2016, Kensington Palace announced that Middleton had completed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as a teenager. It received the gold award, the highest honor in the program, and was presented to the recipients by Prince Philip himself.
“He found his own way and created his own role,” Savage said of Prince Philip, who died on Friday. He was 99 years old.
Many years after that encounter in Barbados, Savage also met the Duchess of Cambridge during an adaptation for her wedding dress.
“She’s so incredibly normal,” Savage told Insider. “Where I live in Bristol is not far from Prince Charles’s property and he has a reputation for being humble. But Kate is so normal.”
Savage helped appliqué all of the lace onto Middleton’s dress and shoes.
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Savage helped appliqué all of the lace onto Middleton’s dress and shoes, and also worked on her blue silk and white lace garter belt. She also helped with the embroidery on Markle’s 16-foot veil.
While Savage doesn’t have a clear favorite when it comes to Middleton’s and Markle’s iconic wedding dresses, she loves how each dress “symbolizes who they are”.
Savage also helped with the embroidery on Markle’s 16-foot veil.
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“Kate’s was beautiful hand-made lace. It was absolutely divine to work with,” said Savage. “It was low key and very clean, but she’s not a flashy person – if you know what I’m talking about.”
“Meghan is more noticeable, topless was much riskier,” she said. “But then she is a risk-taker in comparison. She shows her personality.”