Couture company Ralph and Russo emerges as clear favourite to design Meghan Markle's wedding dress

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
Is fashion house Ralph and Russo behind Meghan Markle’s wedding dress? [Photo: Getty]

It’s official; Ralph and Russo is the clear front-runner rumoured to have designed Meghan Markle‘s wedding dress.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Ladbrokes has suspended bets on the fashion house after a suspicious influx of predictions.

Due to the short space of time, the bookmakers must launch an investigation into whether or not there has been a leak in information (which would of course be an unfair advantage for some).

“It looks as though Meghan’s made her mind up as far as her dress is concerned, so we’ve decided to pull the plug for the time being,” a Ladbrokes spokesperson told the Daily Mail. 

And it’s highly likely that the couturier is behind the royal-to-be’s wedding gown, as it’s not the first time the 36-year-old has looked to the design duo for sartorial assistance.

For the couple’s engagement portraits taken at Frogmore House, the former actress donned a £56,000 sheer dress by the Australian designers.

For her engagement photographs, Meghan Markle donned a £56,000 sheer dress by Ralph and Russo [Photo: Getty]

But other brands in the running for the highly-coveted job include Roland Mouret, Erdem and Alexander McQueen.

And remember, back in February bets on the designer behind her wedding gown were suspended after Alexander McQueen (the Duchess of Cambridge’s label of choice) soon became favourite. As a consequence, odds for the brand changed from 16/1 to 8/1 overnight.

“We previously had Ralph and Russo as the 2/1 favourites and there’s also been a lot of talk of Erdem as a big frontrunner,” Betfair spokesperson Katie Baylis revealed in a statement. “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.”

But Ralph and Russo remains the strongest candidate and it’s worth noting, the fashion house overlooks Buckingham Palace thanks to its eight-storey Mayfair residence. A fitting coincidence, no?

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