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It Looks Like Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Will Be More Traditional Than We'd Thought

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Ever since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement was announced late last year, one question has dominated the seemingly endless speculation (guilty!) about every aspect of their Windsor wedding: what will the bride wear to walk down the aisle of St George’s Chapel on May 19th?

Late last year, it emerged that Israel-based couturier Inbal Dror sent sketches over to the palace at Meghan’s request, which were then obtained by TMZ. Given that there’s nothing like a major leak to a US gossip site to win over the Palace’s confidence, we can assume that Dror has now dropped off Meghan’s shortlist, so who will be taking on design duties for what is surely the biggest bridal gig of the year?

If the bookmakers are to be believed, a new frontrunner has already emerged, and it’s certainly not we’d expected from Meghan. According to the Daily Mail, royal dressmaker Stewart Parvin is now the hot favourite with odds of one to one, overtaking the likes of Erdem, Roland Mouret and Alexander McQueen (the latter fashion house was famously tasked with creating Kate Middleton’s dress for her 2011 wedding to Prince William).

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A gown by Parvin, who has been making dresses for the Queen since 2000 and received a prestigious Royal Warrant in 2007, would mark a definite sartorial departure for Meghan. The bride-to-be has already carved herself a niche in laid-back royal style, wearing a mix of British and Canadian designers (a nod to her adopted home city of Toronto) and teaming higher-end pieces with high-street brands.

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In a 2016 interview with Glamour, though, Meghan described her dream wedding dress as ‘classic and simple,’ so perhaps Parvin isn’t such an unusual choice. A graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art, the couturier’s bridal gowns are known for their timeless, elegant and yes, classic aesthetic. Plus, he already has one royal wedding to his name, having previously designed the dress worn by Zara Phillips when she married Mike Tindall in 2011.

Other potential contenders for this coveted gig include Alice Temperley and Victoria Beckham.