We’re just days away from the royal wedding, and Meghan Markle’s wedding dress is reportedly ready for its debut. Reporter Omid Scobie reveals that sources have confirmed to him that “Meghan’s wedding dress is finished and safely hidden at Windsor Castle.” The royal bride-to-be will show it to the Queen later this week.
Here’s everything we know about her gown so far.
WHO WILL DESIGN HER DRESS?
While the designer is still a well-kept secret at this point, a new rumor in the Daily Mail is casting attention on Ralph & Russo. In early May, the Royal School of Needlework, which helped craft Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, posted the below tweet, highlighting the fact that Ralph & Russo’s haute couture atelier team was visiting. Is it a clue? Or is it too obvious?
In recent months, online betting sites have seen a frenzy of activity over Markle’s dress designer, with Erdem, Roland Mouret, Inbal Dror, Jenny Packham, and Alexander McQueen proving to be the favorites.
In fact, in late February, betting on McQueen has intensified so quickly that Betfair actually suspended all bets on Markle’s dress designer. Many believe that the heightened interest in McQueen is due to an information leak, but nothing has been confirmed. “We previously had Ralph and Russo as the 2/1 [favorites] and there’s also been a lot of talk of Erdem as a big front-runner,” a Betfair rep said in a statement, Harpers Bazaar reports. “However, we’ve now suspended this market after seeing some interesting betting on Alexander McQueen this morning who went from 16/1 to 8/1 in a very short space of time.”
On April 3, news that Erdem has taken its UK and international PR in-house and appointed Kathryn Lo as PR Manager broke, causing speculation that, as royal reporter Emily Nash put it, “a big story” could be coming up, possibly that the British designer might be making Markle’s dress.
Designer Roland Mouret, a friend of Markle’s, sparked speculation that he was designing Markle’s dress in a recent interview. “Meghan knows really well what she likes and the main thing with Meghan is to listen to her and work in collaboration with her,” “I’ve already said too much.” Mouret’s coy comments have caused many to now believe he’s designing Markle’s dress.
Christopher Bailey of Burberry is also rumored to be designing the dress, and there has been much speculation that Victoria Beckham could be the one crafting the gown, especially after Markle wore one of her designs in her official engagement portraits. But Beckham is ready to put that rumor to rest.
“She looked absolutely beautiful in my jumper. I’m sure it will be a really fun wedding,” she told the Guardian. “But no, she hasn’t asked me to do the dress.”
Vera Wang has also confirmed that she is not designing the dress to Harper’s Bazaar. “Other than [wearing] us, and she’s not wearing us–there are two ways for her to go: American or British. Given her new position, her new status, and her new role, she’ll very well go British.”
Previously, Markle has called out Delphine Manivet, Christos Costarellos, Ellie Saab and J.Mendel as bridal designers she particularly liked, but don’t expect the name to leak anytime soon.
“Right now only a small, select group of people know the designer’s name, so don’t expect to find out any time soon,” said Scobie. “Even Harry made himself scarce during the first fitting!”
PRINCE HARRY WON’T SEE HIS BRIDE IN HER DRESS BEFORE SHE WALKS DOWN THE AISLE.
“That tradition is very important to them,” a palace spokesman reportedly said, just days before the wedding.
SHE WILL REPORTEDLY HAVE TWO DRESSES.
Following in the footsteps of her soon-to-be sister-in-law, Markle will reportedly wear two gowns, one to the ceremony, and one to the reception.
“She will have two dresses, one for the ceremony and another dress for the evening,” a source shared with Vanity Fair. “The plan is for her to change after the ceremony so that she can party the night away in something glamorous and less restrictive. Meghan can’t wait to surprise everyone, especially Harry. The wedding dress itself will be traditional and elegant. There is talk of some lace and sleeves and Meghan has been working very closely with the designer who has been sworn to secrecy.”
WHOEVER IS DESIGNING THE DRESS WILL HAVE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH KENSINGTON PALACE.
“It is very important for the dress to fit the venue as well as the occasion,” Sassi Holford, who designed Autumn Phillips’s gown for her 2008 wedding to the Queen’s grandson, Peter Phillips, told Marie Claire. “The grand rooms and drama of Windsor Castle and St. George’s means the dress should have enough detail to be seen from a distance, be fit for a royal wedding, and, for Meghan, incorporate the glamorous Hollywood side of her personality.”
Holdford also revealed that the final fitting of the dress will likely be held at Windsor Castle, and that it could be stored in the Queen’s private apartments on-site.
HERE’S WHAT THE GOWN COULD LOOK LIKE.
Anyone expecting Meghan Markle to walk down the aisle in a traditional white lace dress, prepare to be disappointed. Prince Harry’s new fiancé has already given us a pretty good idea of what her dream wedding gown will look like, and it’s nothing like the look Sarah Burton designed for Duchess Kate back in 2011.
In March of 2016, before she and Harry had even met, Markle described her perfect wedding gown during an interview with Glamour about her Suits character Rachel’s storyline.
“I have the luxury of wearing beautiful pieces of clothing every day for work, so my personal style—wedding or not—is very pared down and relaxed,” she said.
“Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.”
And while the gown her character wore to get married on Suits wasn’t exactly Markle’s taste, she did call out one specific detail that she loved.
“For TV we did have to bring the neckline up a touch per the producers’ request, but the original design has a low ballerina inspired neckline and I happen to love that.”
WHO HELPED HER MAKE THE DECISION?
Scobie also reported that Markle’s good friend Jessica Mulroney was in London to help the bride-to-be through the process.
She reportedly “quietly flew in to London on Jan 10, spending four days at the couple’s Nottingham Cottage home.”
Mulroney, who runs her own bridal-styling business, is also “helping with several other wedding day elements.”
While she has been mum about Scobie’s reporting, Mulroney posted an Instagram on Monday of her children holding welcome back signs at the airport, indicating that she had just gotten back from traveling.