Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding is coming up fast, and as we get closer to the date, more details about the celebration are being revealed. The couple's floral designer has been announced, for example, as has their wedding cake baker and their photographer. Now, the focus is on Markle's wedding dress. The question on everybody's mind: Who's making it?
According to Racked, British bookmakers are now banking on Ralph & Russo (the same brand that designed Markle's dress in her engagement portraits) since there's been an influx of bets on the U.K. label. Amy Jones of betting chain Paddy Power explained, "Now that there are a few people that know, and that know for definite—whereas before people might have had their suspicions—you would assume that the fashion house has designed it, it's all confirmed, and everything's ready to go."
That being said, Ralph & Russo isn't the only British brand in the running. In a recent interview on the podcast Wedding Guest Extraordinaire, fashion designer Henry Holland predicted that the dress might be the last hoorah of Christopher Bailey at Burberry—the talent is stepping down from the brand. "I would be quite excited if it was Christopher Bailey's final bow for Burberry. I think that would be a nice thing for him to do, she's worn them for a long time," he told the host. Daily Mail sources just backed that prediction.
Another potential British designer? Stewart Parvin, who's personally approved by the royal family. "I know that the smart money—as far as the bookies are concerned—is on Stewart Parvin, who is one of the Queen's dressers. That would be a very, very clever choice if it is true," author Katie Nicholl told InStyle. Considering the fact that she wrote a book about Harry, she has some serious clout. There's also the possibility of Alexander McQueen, who famously designed Duchess Kate's wedding dress. Finally, many suggest Roland Mouret, in part because of a vague quote he gave to WWD. When asked if he was creating the garment, he stumbled, saying, "I don't want to say. No comment. It's … there's no comment on that. She's a friend. And that's … I can't say."
But what about Markle's American roots? Is there any chance that she'll wear a U.S. brand? We could see it, and especially if she switches into a second gown for her reception (a Vanity Fair source said that she will). Her friend (and reported matchmaker) Misha Nonoo, could be in the running. Some speculate that she'll go a Canadian route though, since she lived in Toronto for quite some time. If that's the case, she could wear Erdem Moralioglu, which CNN shares that many betters are guessing. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Markle said that he's "a designer I've been wearing for years."
Regardless, we aren't the only ones in the dark. Prince Harry doesn't know the designer, either! An insider told Daily Mail that "hes being very traditional and wants it to be a complete surprise on the day."