We interrupt your day to bring you yet another new dose of Meghan Markle royal wedding info, this time as it pertains to the ONE detail we're all losing sleep over—the wedding dress! While rumors have circulated that Erdem, Alexander McQueen, or Rouland Mouret (one of Markle's friends and go-to designer) have been commissioned to design Markle's already sought-after wedding day look, Ralph & Russo is continuing to come out on top as Markle's predicted wedding designer of choice. In fact, a new report indicates that Meghan Markle will definitely wear a dress by the London-based couture house, according to a source who spoke to the Daily Mail.
This weekend, the U.K.'s Daily Mail published a front-page exclusive, claiming that Ralph & Russo are the lucky designers of the royal wedding dress. Unspecified sources spoke to the publication, claiming that the dress totes a £100,000 price tag (a tab picked up by the royal family, of course), and that the sure-to-be fabulous frock is “hand-stitched [and] heavily beaded.” We wouldn't expect anything less! "It sounds a lot but this is the wedding of the year and hundreds of hours of manpower have gone into making it, almost all by hand," explained the alleged insider.
Reportedly, representatives of Ralph & Russo also visited the Royal School of Needlework this week, according to the tabloid. As the Royal School of Needlework provided the bespoke lace for Kate's Middleton's wedding dress back in 2011, this only further suggests that Ralph & Russo truly is the chosen one.
Meghan Markle will allegedly wear this Ralph & Russo -designed dress to both the ceremony and the post-wedding reception hosted by the Queen. Later in the night, she'll reportedly change into a second dress for the evening reception thrown by Prince Charles at Frogmore House. According to the Daily Mail, either Burberry or Erdem have supposedly been tapped to create the bride's second look.
Back in April, the scales also seemed to tip towards Ralph & Russo. British fans had been placing bets on their wedding estimates, and popular waging websites received such a large influx on money being placed on Ralph & Russo that bookies actually had to suspend all future gambles. While very few people have the inside scoop on the dress sitch (even Prince Harry is in the dark), a rise in wages for a certain brand could imply that someone has spilled the deets.
While we still don't know for sure, it would make sense, considering Markle's previous ties to the British brand. She sported a Ralph & Russo number for her engagement photos with Prince Harry, featuring a sheer sequined top, black tulle skirt, and a cool $75,000 price tag. If this enviable gown is truly a sneak peek of what's to come, then we have high hopes for the future royal bride.
According to The Mirror, Ralph & Russo made history for having the first British female creative director, Tamara Ralph, to be invited to show at Paris Haute Couture Week in almost 100 years, which makes it seem like the designer would be all the more perfect for Markle. The soon-to-be-bride is notorious for her extensive women's rights efforts, so we wouldn't be surprised at all if she shared the #GirlPower love and turned to this groundbreaking, expanding brand. Plus, based on the label's distinctly beautiful and extravagant designs, there's no doubt that the duo behind the brand would design an epic wedding dress of royal proportions.
Founded by couple Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo in 2007, Ralph & Russo already has its hair share of celeb clients, from Angelina Jolie to Heidi Klum to Beyoncé. If Markle really has said yes to a Ralph & Russo dress, that could mean wonders for the label and the British fashion industry as a whole.
Although a Ralph & Russo spokesperson said the brand will be "politely declining to comment on this topic," our hopes remain high that this fashion house is The One for Markle's wedding dress. May 19 cannot come soon enough!