Well, we’ll just file this one under ‘beyond our wildest dreams.’ With the most hotly anticipated royal wedding of the century so far fast approaching, speculation about the wedding dress of Meghan Markle is reaching fever pitch, from the designer, to the price tag, to who’s had a sneak peek.
Though officially it’s a closely guarded secret, rumours of the chosen designer have been circulating for months and according to The Cut, it now seems widely agreed it’s likely to be British-based brand Ralph & Russo. We already know Meghan’s a fan, opting for one of their ball gowns (itself worth a cool £56,000, or $97,000) for the all-important official engagement photos:
One of the strongest reasons for such suggestions is the presence of the design duo, who’ve been spotted leaving several fittings with the former Suits actress. The dress itself is said to be heavily beaded, and hundreds of hours in the making — all handmade of course. And it’s rumoured to come with an eye-watering — brace yourself — £100,000 ($173,180) price tag.
In the run-up to Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding to Prince William, speculation Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen was the chosen one went into overdrive after the designer was spotted leaving a fitting with the then Duchess-to-be, proved to be dead-on. We wonder if these new rumoured details are also on the money.
While Meghan has generally been seen as a touch more modern than previous royal brides-to-be, there is one traditional ritual they’ll be sticking with, and that’s Prince Harry waiting until the ceremony itself to lay eyes on the dress. The one person who will be enjoying a preview before May 19th however, is matriarch and monarch Queen Elizabeth II, as was the case when Kate wed Wills. Talk about a royal perk.
As for the rest of us, we’ll just have to hold our breath for another eight days to feast our eyes on the dress that’s guaranteed to set a thousand fashion trends. And for that amount of money? It better be royally special.
Don’t miss a moment of the festivities; tune in to CTV News’ live special Harry and Meghan: The Royal Wedding Saturday, May 19, starting at 4 a.m. ET on CTV and CTV.ca.
And get up to speed on everything royal wedding related with The Social’s Royal Wedding Show, airing this Friday at 1 p.m. ET.