With just a few weeks to go until the royal wedding, speculation is at a fever pitch over the most important detail: which designer Meghan Markle will be wearing on her big day. Now, bookies Paddy Power have suspended bets on one particular designer – Ralph & Russo.
‘At this stage in the game, I feel like it’s unlikely that we’ll reopen it,’ spokesperson Amy Jones told Racked.com. ‘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.
‘Judging off the money which we’ve had from our punters we’re fairly sure that it’s Ralph & Russo. I actually was reading today that the Daily Mail have apparently said so — I mean, they probably know as much as us, but if you look at the consistent money and the larger bets, definitely Ralph & Russo.’
The Suits actress chose the London-based design duo for her official engagement pictures, wearing a semi-sheer black couture gown with golden applique details and ruffled skirt. The Australian couple show their couture collections in Paris every season, alongside historic design houses like Chanel and Christian Dior.
Paddy Power previously suspended bets in February, after an influx of activity on the designer Alexander McQueen. The Duchess of Cambridge famously chose McQueen’s Sarah Burton to design her wedding dress in 2011, despite many fashion pundits predicting that she would opt for the more traditional designer Bruce Oldfield, who had worked with Princess Diana.
There were also reports last month that Erdem might be the designer of Markle’s dress, after the fashion brand decided to take its PR in-house. Many speculated that this might be to prepare themselves for increased interest post-royal wedding.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.