With less than three months until the wedding, it appears that Meghan Markle has decided upon a designer for her wedding dress – and that the identity of said designer might just have been leaked, if a flurry of betting activity is anything to go by.
Bookmakers have reported an unexpected uplift in bets for one British designer in particular: Alexander McQueen, the fashion house responsible for Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress back in 2011. The leap in bets for Alexander McQueen, in fact, has been so huge that Betfair has now suspended all betting on Meghan’s choice of designer, implying that a confidential memo might have been leaked.
“We previously had Ralph and Russo as the 2/1 favorites, and there’s also been a lot of talk of Erdem as a big front-runner. 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,” a spokesperson for Betfair revealed.
Kate in her wedding dress in April 2011.
The online gambling company adds “either someone sneaky knows something, or there’s plenty of shrewd punters who are up on their fashion knowledge.” Indeed, as a British fashion house that already has a track record for royal weddings – and that Meghan has already worn in the past – Alexander McQueen is starting to look more and more likely. It’s certainly worth paying attention to this latest development: after all, a matter of days before Prince Harry and Meghan’s engagement was officially revealed to the public, bets about the announcement were shut down after unusual betting patterns implied that someone close to the royals had leaked the information.
Last year, wedding dress sketches by couturier Inbal Dror were leaked to TMZ; a representative for the designer (who has previously dressed Beyoncé for the Grammys) confirmed that Inbal had been requested by the Palace to send designs. Ahead of Kate Middleton’s Westminster Abbey ceremony, the team of dressmakers and designers went to serious lengths to keep her gown under wraps.
“We had net curtains up and cleaners were not allowed into the room and the code on the door was changed,” dressmaker Mandy Ewing revealed last year.
This post was written by Katie Rosseinsky. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.
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