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Who will design Meghan Markle’s royal wedding dress?

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It’s official: Prince Harry is set to marry Meghan Markle.

Confirming the highly anticipated engagement announcement, Clarence House revealed in a statement on Twitter that Prince Harry popped the question just this month, and the couple are set to marry in spring next year. 

With well wishes flooding in – as well as separate statements from The Queen and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who revealed “We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together” – there’s one question on all of our minds right now: what will Meghan wear?

There’s been mounting speculation surrounding the couple for some time now about what type of wedding we can expect. Both are incredibly private and it’s highly unlikely that any further details regarding the actual nuptials will be revealed. But what we can start to guess is what style of dress Meghan might choose based on her previous fashion choices.

So, what do we know so far about Meghan Markle’s style? A quick look back at the 36-year-old’s sartorial choices shows the actress and humanitarian has been dressed by some of the world’s most famous designers thanks to her reoccurring role in US drama Suits. On the red carpet, Meghan has opted for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Roland Mouret and Peter Som. But unlike those glittering premieres, she may well have to stick to a few traditional rules when choosing a royal wedding dress. 

Meghan Markle joins Prince Harry at the Invictus Games

Meghan Markle joins Prince Harry to attend the Invictus Games

Not only does the style-savvy actress have an eye for fashion, but she’s also got a huge fan base – the tan leather bag Meghan wore to the Invictus Games earlier this year, the Everlane ‘Day Market Tote’, sold out almost immediately. No doubt they are all eagerly awaiting the next announcement: which designer will be lucky enough to get the most coveted job in 2018 and design that all-important gown.

The big question? Will Meghan go for a British or American designer?

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a British designer, Alexander McQueen, much like Princess Diana, whose iconic gown was designed by British duo Elizabeth and David Emmanuel.

Meghan’s style is distinctly minimal. From the white shirt with slim-fit jeans, flats and a tan tote to attend the Invictus games, to that tonal burgundy outfit she switched into for the opening ceremony – there’s a distinct laid back feel to her look.

Stylist’s Fashion Director Arabella Greenhill named London-based Emilia Wickstead and Roksanda Ilincic as designers that fit the bill. Both modern, and both renowned for consistently dressing some of the world’s most inspiring women. Speaking to Vanity Fair, the bride-to-be has also previously named Erdem as “a designer I’ve been wearing for years”.

Meghan Markle CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

Meghan Markle attends the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

After a very relaxed first wedding on a Jamaican beach, which saw Meghan in a simple ivory bandeau gown topped with a subtle amount of embellishment in the form of a jewelled belt, could Ms Markle go for the complete opposite and opt for the ultimate princess gown for her royal nuptials?

Should she choose a full, frothy gown, the Stylist team have predicted A-List go-to Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta, each would be a suitable choice for such a global event.

Meghan Markle attends the 'Today Show'

Meghan Markle ahead of an appearance on the Today show, New York

With Meghan’s penchant for minimalism and form-fitting frocks, we’re predicting the dress – be it a British or American design – to be custom made, ultra-elegant, modern and a complete showstopper.

Roll on spring…