In just two weeks, Meghan Markle will marry Prince Harry in the most highly-anticipated royal wedding since Kate Middelton wed Prince William in 2011. And what 36-year-old Meghan is going to be wearing during her royal nuptials is all that's on anybody's mind. But now, sources have revealed which designer Meghan chose to design her gown for the big day.
"Multiple royal and fashion industry sources have revealed the actress has opted for British couturiers Ralph & Russo to make the first of two gowns she plans to wear on May 19," the Daily Mail reported. But even with the dress designers' name revealed, there is still a ton of details about Meghan's gown which remain rather mysterious and uncertain. Although, there is one detail we can be pretty sure of — that it will come with a hefty price tag.
Meghan's first of two wedding gowns — which have been described as "heavily-beaded" and "hand-stitched" — allegedly goes for $180,000. But if you think Meghan is the one footing the bill, you'd be sorely mistaken. The royals at Kensington Palace are keeping with tradition and taking on the expense.
The Ralph & Russo gown will reportedly be worn by Meghan during the wedding ceremony, and also during a reception at St. George's Hall in Windsor Castle following the ceremony. Meghan will call for a costume change for a private reception hosted by Prince Charles at Frogmore House in Windsor Great Park, though the designer of the second dress is still under wraps.
Meghan, who is an actress best known for her role on Suits, is no stranger to Ralph & Russo's glamorous designs. The soon-to-be-princess wore a black and gold ensemble by Ralph & Russo for her photo shoot after she got engaged to Prince Harry.
Ralph & Russo, are London-based Australian designers, known for outfitting celebs in glitz and glam, often beaded ensembles. They have dressed many fan-favorite stars for the red carpet in the past, including Beyoncé, Alessandra Ambrosio, Sofia Vergara, Lupita N'yongo, and more.
While there's no denying that Meghan's first wedding gown is expensive, it's significantly cheaper than the show-stopper (and bank account-destroyer) that Kate Middleton wore during her 2011 wedding. Kate's long-sleeved, meticulously detailed wedding dress cost a whopping $434,000, according to CBS. The wedding itself was estimated to have cost up to $34 million.