Emilia Wickstead 'Saddened' by Report That She Said Meghan Markle's Gown Copied One of Hers
"I am extremely saddened by commentary that has appeared," London-based designer Emilia Wickstead said in a statement
The back and forth continues.
Emilia Wickstead, one of Kate Middleton‘s favorite designers, has responded in the wake of a Daily Mail report that claimed she said Meghan Markle‘s Givenchy wedding gown bore resemblance to one of her own bridal designs.
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Markle’s white silk dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, drew comparisons to a simple off-the-shoulder design from Wickstead’s bridal collection. The Suits star’s dress is estimated to be worth between $250,000 and $400,000, while Wickstead’s dress goes for approximately $10,000.
“I am extremely saddened by commentary that has appeared in the press and online over the past few days,” Wickstead said in a statement posted on her Instagram account Sunday. “Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex looked absolutely beautiful on her wedding day and I have the utmost admiration and respect for her.”
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She continued, “I do not think that her wedding dress was a copy of any of our designs. I have the greatest respect for Clare Waight Keller and the House of Givenchy — a huge source of inspiration to me. I wish Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a wonderful, happy and love filled life together.
Meghan, 36, has worn one of Wickstead’s designs in the past, for the Westminster service on Anzac Day in April.