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 leading British bridal designer Caroline Castigliano, the bride-to-be has chosen Stella McCartney, reports Page Six. "Stella is such a perfect fit for Meghan, she uses organic fabrics and her ethos is the same as Meghan. Her style is very underplayed, her dresses are very clean in style, very much Meghan—and they are friends," Castigliano explained. As for its details? "I believe it will be a very straight, fitted dress, with a big nine-foot train that comes off the dress from the side to create the drama, and lace trickling down the top of it," she continued. The designer also alleged that Meghan will accessorize her wedding dress with a tiara from Princess Diana's collection, as a tribute to Prince Harry's late mother.
We'll have to wait and see if Castigliano's intel is legitimate, but in the meantime, we at least know one designer who isn't responsible for Meghan's look: Vera Wang. People reports that the well-known bridal designer has disclosed that she's not responsible for the garment. She did shed some light on who could be, though. "Given her new position, her new status, and her new role, she'll very well go British." According to Racked, British bookmakers agree. They're 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." These predictions have only bolstered by a recent Us Weekly report that Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo (the label's namesakes) were spotted working late in London. The location and timeline definitely offer some solid evidence!
That being said, Ralph & Russo isn't the only British brand in the running. In an 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 have 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 "he's being very traditional and wants it to be a complete surprise on the day." And though none of know who's making the dress, Wang thinks that she has an idea of what it'll look like. She predicts that Markle won't follow in the footsteps of Princess Diana or her future sister-in-law by wearing a big, regal ball gown, but that she won't wear something "narrow, sensual, and more sexy" either. "I think she'll go somewhere in-between that feels a tad more modern," she explained, adding, "something maybe a tad subtler, not a mermaid but not a full-blown royal proportion or anything theatrical...Given that she's not marrying the future king, she'll still be a royal, [but] there's a lot to be done between those two worlds," she concluded.
Whatever (and whoever!) Markle wears on the big day, it will be special to her. So special, in fact, that the bride-to-be cried when she selected it, a detail that Markle's close friend Priyanka Chopra inadvertently revealed on an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. People reported that the Quantico star was asked to answer questions about the royal wedding by facial expression only. When questioned about whether or not the bride became emotional when trying on gowns, Chopra smiled widely and buried her face in her hands. Based on her reaction? "Oh yes, she definitely did," hypothesized Andy Cohen.
Here's hoping that the Queen has a similar reaction. Three weeks before her wedding to Prince William, Duchess Kate showed her Alexander McQueen wedding dress to the royal matriarch, and Markle will reportedly follow suit. The bride-to-be is set to debut her bridal gown to Queen Elizabeth sometime this week or next, reports Us Weekly. The news outlet also confirmed that the garment is already under lock and key in Windsor and is all ready for the wedding weekend.