Now that the fairy dust surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding has blown away, the relatable, authentically human moments from the couple’s big day are coming to light, reminding us that even at Windsor Castle, there’s no such thing as perfection.
Case in point: Markle’s wedding dress.
The custom Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy gown looked beautiful on the new Duchess of Sussex, however, one fellow Brit wasn’t too pleased with the design—going so far as to call it a total knockoff. English designer Emilia Wickstead has had the privilege of seeing her work on both Markle and Kate Middleton, though it sounds like she thought Markle should have worn one of her designs down the aisle, not Keller's.
Wickstead spoke to the Daily Mail and shared why she’s disgruntled over the situation. “Her dress is identical to one of our dresses,” she said. “Apparently, a lot of commentators were saying, ‘It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress.” Ouch!
To her credit, the Wickstead design shared on her company’s Instagram account—the one we presume she’s referring to—is indeed very similar to Keller’s. But considering how much time and effort went into making sure Markle’s gown was like no other, something tells us it’s highly unlikely they chose to copy this specific design.
While Katy Perry didn’t shy away from suggesting Markle’s dress didn’t fit properly, Wickstead took it one step further. “If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect. Her wedding dress was quite loose,” she said, also chiming in about her thoughts on Markle’s hairdo. “I was like, ‘Hold the wisps [of her hair] back—it’s a royal wedding for God’s sake.” If you weren’t sure where the fashion police went, we think we found the Sheriff.
As you might expect, her comments didn't go over so well. On Sunday, Wickstead took to Instagram to clear the air about her alleged comments to the Daily Mail.
"I am extremely saddened by commentary that has appeared in the press and online over the past few days."
"Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex looked absolutely beautiful on her wedding day and I have the utmost admiration and respect for her," 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, Emilia."