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The Royal Family Is Already Requesting Sketches for Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress

Bridal couturier Inbal Dror confirms sending a design to the bride-to-be.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding is exactly five months away, and the couple isn't slacking with the planning. Though details on the nuptials remain under wraps, Kensington Palace must be busy with preparations for the May 19 ceremony—which includes helping Markle find a wedding gown.

Israel-based bridal couturier Inbal Dror already sent over a sketch for a wedding dress at the request of the palace, the brand confirmed to People. "We received a request from the royal family to send a sketch," a spokesperson for the designer said. "Unfortunately it’s a secret and I can’t give more details about the sketch."

However, photos of Dror's drawings appear to have leaked on TMZ. The designer often incorporates decadent embellishments, sheer or lace fabrics, plunging necklines, and occasional leg slits—a departure from Markle's relaxed-yet-sophisticated style. For example, the bridal look Beyoncé wore at the 2016 Grammys was by Dror.

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But the gown options Dror offers Markle attempt to combine her demure aesthetic with royal-friendly designs. The potential dresses feature long sleeves and high necklines; one even includes a "long long train."

These may be the first sketches we've seen for Meghan, but Dror is likely competing with a number of other labels for the coveted title of Markle's wedding designer. In the past, royal brides have favored British designers with traditional silhouettes.

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Kate Middleton wore Alexander McQueen when she wed Prince William in 2011.


And Princess Diana asked couturiers David and Elizabeth Emmanuel to design her gown in 1981.


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Markle has previously opened up about her dream wedding dress after donning a white gown onscreen as Rachel Zane in Suits. The former actress said her "personal style—wedding or not—is very pared down and relaxed," she told Glamour in 2016.

"I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic," she added. Markle said some of her favorite brands were indie labels like Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos, "for their uniqueness and beauty," but she likes the big-name brands, too. "And I will always be a fan of Ellie Saab," she continued. "J. Mendel is spectacular as well, especially for more structural designs."

We can't wait to see what she chooses to wear down the aisle in May 2018.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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