Dunedin woman played a special part at royal wedding

Former Dunedin woman Clara Madden hands the bouquet to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Photo: Instagram @sussexroyal
Former Dunedin woman Clara Madden hands the bouquet to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Photo: Instagram @sussexroyal
To mark the first anniversary of their wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a special slideshow of candid wedding photos on their Instagram account.

Among those was a photo of the mystery woman who handed Meghan her flowers as she entered St George's Chapel on the day.

Many have been wondering who the woman in the pale pink dress and fascinator was and the mystery has now been solved.

The woman, it has now been revealed, is Prince Harry's assistant, New Zealander Clara Madden.

The 32-year-old former Dunedin woman has been an assistant for the Sussexes and was in charge of keeping their diary in check and everything running smoothly ahead of the couple's big day.

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Happy one year anniversary to Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Today marks the one year anniversary of the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018. The selected song “This Little Light of Mine” was chosen by the couple for their recessional. We hope you enjoy reliving this moment, and seeing some behind the scenes photos from this special day. A message from The Duke & Duchess: Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful. Photo credit: Chris Allerton/Joe Short (B&W); PA (color) ©️SussexRoyal (B&W images and video)

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Madden reportedly caused a stir back in 2016 when she began dating Kate and William's media adviser Nick Loughran, months after he split from Rebecca Deacon, the Duchess's then right-hand woman.

At that stage, Madden was a key part of William and Kate's team. They even made a point of meeting her parents when they visited New Zealand in 2014, the Otago Daily Times reports.

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After the wedding, people speculated the woman giving Meghan the flowers would have been royal aid Samantha Cohen. However, Cohen was wearing a completely different outfit on the day.

The picture was one in a series shared in a slideshow video on Instagram yesterday.

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