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Meghan Markle's Friend Roland Mouret May Be Designing Her Wedding Dress

But oddsmakers have another designer in the lead.
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It's true—Meghan Markle has reportedly picked her wedding dress designer. Here’s everything we know about her gown so far.

WHO WILL DESIGN THE DRESS?

According to reporter Omid Mio Scobie and Us Weekly, fittings have already been taking place in Markle’s Nottingham Cottage home. 

"Sources tell me that Meghan Markle has officially picked a wedding dress designer and had her first fitting at Kensington Palace last week," Scobie wrote on Twitter.


Online betting sites have seen a frenzy of activity over Markle's dress designer. Ladbrokes recently had Erdem as a 2-1 favorite, and other designers with high odds include Roland Mouret (3/1), Inbal Dror (7/2), and Jenny Packham (4/1). Another betting site, Betfair, has Alexander McQueen in the lead. McQueen's Sarah Burton famously designed the Duchess of Cambridge's dress back in 2011.



In fact, the betting on McQueen has intensified so quickly that Betfair actually suspended all bets on Markle's dress designer. Many believe that the heightened interest in McQueen is due to an information leak, but nothing has been confirmed. "We previously had Ralph and Russo as the 2/1 [favorites] and there’s also been a lot of talk of Erdem as a big front-runner," a Betfair rep said in a statement, Harpers Bazaar reports. "However, we’ve now suspended this market after seeing some interesting betting on Alexander McQueen this morning who went from 16/1 to 8/1 in a very short space of time."

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Designer Roland Mouret, a friend of Markle's, sparked speculation that he was designing Markle's dress in a recent interview. "Meghan knows really well what she likes and the main thing with Meghan is to listen to her and work in collaboration with her," Mouret said, adding: "I've already said too much." Mouret's coy comments have caused many to now believe he's designing Markle's dress.

There has also been much speculation that Victoria Beckham could be the one crafting the gown, especially after Markle wore one of her designs in her official engagement portraits. But Beckham is ready to put that rumor to rest.

“She looked absolutely beautiful in my jumper. I’m sure it will be a really fun wedding," she told the Guardian. "But no, she hasn’t asked me to do the dress.”

Previously, Markle has called out Delphine Manivet, Christos Costarellos, Ellie Saab and J.Mendel as bridal designers she particularly liked, but don’t expect the name to leak anytime soon.

“Right now only a small, select group of people know the designer’s name, so don’t expect to find out any time soon,” said Scobie. “Even Harry made himself scarce during the first fitting!”

HERE’S WHAT THE GOWN COULD LOOK LIKE.

Anyone expecting Meghan Markle to walk down the aisle in a traditional white lace dress, prepare to be disappointed. Prince Harry’s new fiancé has already given us a pretty good idea of what her dream wedding gown will look like, and it’s nothing like the look Sarah Burton designed for Duchess Kate back in 2011.

In March of 2016, before she and Harry had even met, Markle described her perfect wedding gown during an interview with Glamour about her Suits character Rachel’s storyline.

"I have the luxury of wearing beautiful pieces of clothing every day for work, so my personal style—wedding or not—is very pared down and relaxed," she said.

"Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.”

And while the gown her character wore to get married on Suits wasn’t exactly Markle’s taste, she did call out one specific detail that she loved.

“For TV we did have to bring the neckline up a touch per the producers’ request, but the original design has a low ballerina inspired neckline and I happen to love that.”

WHO HELPED HER MAKE THE DECISION?

Scobie also reported that Markle’s good friend Jessica Mulroney was in London to help the bride-to-be through the process.

She reportedly "quietly flew into London on Jan 10, spending four days at the couple’s Nottingham Cottage home."

Mulroney, who runs her own bridal-styling business, is also “helping with several other wedding day elements.”

While she has been mum about Scobie’s reporting, Mulroney posted an Instagram on Monday of her children holding welcome back signs at the airport, indicating that she had just gotten back from traveling.

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CAROLYN BESSETTE KENNEDY'S WEDDING GOWN COULD SERVE AS INSPIRATION.

When asked about her favorite celebrity wedding dress, Markle responded “Carolyn Bessette Kennedy,” calling her simple silk slip dress designed by Narciso Rodriguez “everything goals.”

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

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