The royal wedding is just three days away and the speculation over who will design Meghan Markle’s dress has reached a fever pitch! While every designer sighting and past clothing choice is being closely examined for hidden messages, the bride-to-be’s mom may have just provided one of the biggest clues yet as to what Meg — or someone in her wedding party — will be wearing on the big day.
Doria Ragland landed at London’s Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, May 16. The paparazzi failed to snap a pic of the soon-to-be-duchess’ mama, but she was reportedly picked up by Meghan’s new aide, Amy Pickerill, and a Burberry garment bag was seen being retrieved by their driver in addition to her other luggage.
While there has been no official confirmation from the palace as to what designer the former Suits actress will wear for the big day, names like Ralph & Russo (the British design duo behind Meg’s engagement photo gown), Jenny Packham (a favorite of royals like Kate Middleton), Sarah Burton (the woman behind the Duchess of Cambridge’s April 2011 wedding gown) and, yes, Burberry have been bandied about.
If the garment bag in question does in fact contain Doria’s mother-of-the-bride dress, it wouldn’t be farfetched to think her daughter would wear the same designer. After all, Kate’s sister and maid of honor Pippa Middleton wore a Sarah Burton gown just like her big sis back in 2011. And while Meg has opted against having a maid of honor, we do know Doria will play a special role in Saturday’s ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. On the heels of her father Thomas Markle’s announcement that he won’t be attending the nuptials, there is a chance Ragland may be tapped to walk her daughter down the aisle.
Should Meg have chosen the storied British fashion house for the big event, it wouldn’t be the first time she’s worn the brand. During a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, with Prince Harry in February, the bride-to-be wore a navy and green plaid wool-and-cashmere coat for a tour of Edinburgh Castle.
As the speculation continues to abound, there is one thing Us can confirm: Meghan’s wedding dress is already safely hidden away in Windsor, and she will soon be giving Queen Elizabeth II a sneak peek of the dress — just as Kate did three weeks before her 2011 nuptials — if she hasn’t already!
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