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Kate Middleton's favorite designer Emilia Wickstead accuses Meghan Markle's wedding dress of being 'identical'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 May 2018, 18:04 IST

One of Kate Middleton's favorite designers Emilia Wickstead has pointed out that the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle's wedding dress was very similar to one she had designed—complete with a boat neck and long sleeves.

Meghan Markle wore a Givenchy design Clare Waight Keller, which closely resembles a dress designed by Wickstead, who has prepared looks for Kate Middleton.

"Her dress is identical to one of our dresses," Wickstead told the Daily Mail. Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, 'It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress.'"

Markle's dress, which was custom-made for her wedding to Prince Harry, cost a staggering £200,000 ($266,000), which includes £78,000 for custom-made fabric and £4,000 for fittings. Wickstead's selection costs only £7,000.

"If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect. Her wedding dress was quite loose," Wickstead said.

Wickstead also didn't like Markle's hairstyle for the ceremony, either.

"I was like, 'Hold the wisps [of her hair] back — it’s a royal wedding for God’s sake,'" she said.

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Despite Wickstead's claim, the Royal Family has claimed the dress was a unique collaboration between Markle and Keller. Kensington Palace released sketches of the dress shortly after the ceremony along with details of the design.

"The Duchess and Ms. Waight Keller worked closely together on the design, epitomising a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy," the statement read.

Kensington Palace also touted the intricate details of the dress' veil.

"Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of all 53 Commonwealth countries united in one spectacular floral composition," the statement read.

Neither Keller nor Markle have responded to Wickstead's implication.

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First published: 27 May 2018, 18:01 IST