Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon explained to The Telegraph how the mom to 2-year-old Archie Harrison chose to wear a dress she already owned for her and Prince Harry's major announcement.
"I made [the dress] for her when she was pregnant with Archie, so almost two years ago," he told the outlet. "There's a reality, it's 2021, and we have a world to save, right? This is an undeniable crisis, and everyone has to do their part."
"At Herrera, we're committed to pursuing sustainable fabrics," Wes continued. "But the number one thing that someone can do for sustainability is hold on to those pieces you buy and use them for a longer amount of time. That's why I think what Meghan did is such a powerful message."
He also added that just because the dress was two years old doesn't mean it made Meghan "feel no less special or no less happy."
Photographer Misan Harriman, a good friend of the couple, spoke to Good Morning America about taking the photo of the California-based pair while he was thousands of miles away in London. He explained, "I was able to remotely take over the iPad and they could hear my voice," he explained, "and it was conversational and the rest really is history."
The black and white photo features Meghan and Harry smiling in front of a sprawling tree, with Meghan's head in her husband's lap. Her baby bump is visible beneath her dress.
Of the photo, Misan said, "You don't even see the image, you feel it. They are lost in each other. And the tree in the background and just life growing around them is incredibly powerful and symbolic."