Another day, another name in the running. As the royal wedding date grows closer, speculation shrouding the designer behind Meghan Markle’s dress grows. This week, Erdem Moralıoğlu is leading the fash pack.
The London Fashion Week fixture has leapfrogged over former favourite, Ralph and Russo, in the race for the most coveted job of 2018 all thanks to a tiny - potentially telling - clue.
Eagle-eyed industry insiders spotted that the London Fashion Week fixture is expanding its team and has decided to move its PR in-house. The company also recently revealed via Diary Directory that it’s hiring a full-time PR manager. Perhaps in a preparatory effort to handle the inevitable media flurry if Meghan steps out in an Erdem number?
Yes, royal wedding hysteria may have made something out of nothing but the fashion house is a strong contender in its own right.
With a penchant for Canadian labels, it would come as no surprise to some if the duchess-in-waiting donned a bespoke Erdem dress on her big day. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time she’s looked to the fashion house for sartorial assistance.
Last summer, the 36-year-old joined Prince Harry at Tom Inskip and Laura Hughes-Young’s Jamaica-based nuptials in a floor-skimming Erdem dress. While future sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, is also a firm fan of the brand thanks to his sought-after florals.
Most recently, the pregnant royal donned a monochrome number by the trusted brand for the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange hosted at Buckingham Palace. And according to whispers, Meghan regularly seeks royal fashion advice from the 36-year-old.
The truth is, the world won't know which designer Meghan has chosen until she heads down the aisle.
The soon-to-be newlyweds will tie the knot on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.
They were introduced by mutual friend Markus Anderson, who is the director of Soho House.
In October 2016, the Express became the first newspaper to publish news that Prince Harry had a new girlfriend.
On November 8th 2016, Kensington Palace released an unprecedented statement which referring to Markle as Harry's girlfriend for the first time.
In the statement, Prince Harry condemned the 'wave of abuse and harrassment' faced by Markle, saying that he was 'worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.'
'It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,' the statement continued.
The couple were papped together for the first time in December 2016, shopping for a Christmas tree in London at the Pines and Needles store.
Later that week, they were seen on London's West End, catching a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
In February, Prince Harry wore a his 'n' hers bracelet on the cover of Town & Country magazine, just weeks after Markle was pictured wearing the same one on Instagram.
In March 2017, Meghan joined Prince Harry in the Caribbean for the wedding of his friend's Tom 'Skippy' Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young.
It was the first time that Markle accompanied Harry to a wedding, marking another milestone occasion for the couple.
The first public event attended by the couple was the polo at Coworth Park in May 2017.
Later in May, Markle attended the party portion of Pippa Middleton's wedding to James Middelton.
Prince Harry was seen driving her to the event after the church ceremony.
The couple made their first official public appearance in September, when Markle attended the opening of Prince Harry's Invictus Games.
Meghan wore a maroon midi dress with a pleated chiffon skirt by one of her favourite Canadian brands Aritzia.
She teamed it with a matching burgundy biker jacket by Mackage.
Although Prince Harry was sat next to First Lady Melania Trump at the event, rather than his girlfriend, she was only seated a few rows behind him.
The couple were photographed together the following day at the wheelchair tennis.
Much was made of Markle's choice of outfit: ripped jeans and a white blouse called 'The Husband'.
The couple 'broke with royal protocol' by holding hands and appearing affectionate while at the Invictus Games.
Prince Harry reportedly spent time with Meghan's mother Doria while at the Games too.
The couple indulged in some PDA at the closing ceremony.
Prince Harry was photographed kissing Meghan.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Meghan referred to Harry as her boyfriend numerous times, saying: 'We're a couple. We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people understand is that this is our time.'
In late September 2017, it was reported that Meghan had met the Queen, prompting speculation that the relationship was getting serious.
In early November 2017, it was reported that Meghan Markle was leaving Suits after seven series.
In mid-November 2017, bookies suspending betting on an impending royal engagement, as speculation grew that an announcement was about to be made.
On November 27th 2017, Prince Charles announced the engagement of his younger son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after 15 months of dating.
The couple later appeared at a photocall, with Markle wearing a white dress coat by Canadian brand Line The Label. The website has subsequently crashed.
The engagement ring, by Cleave and Company, was reportedly designed by Prince Harry himself, using two stones that belonged to Princess Diana.
When asked by waiting photographers if the proposal was romantic, Harry joked 'of course!'