Meghan Markle's wedding dress was not designed by Stella McCartney, contrary to a claim. One day before the nuptials, a certain outlet bragged it could "reveal" the designer of the bride's gown. But as was made clear on Saturday, the story was wrong.
On Friday, the New York Post asked in a headline, "Has Meghan Markle's wedding dress designer been revealed?" Its tweet was much more definitive, with the paper declaring, "EXCLUSIVE: Meghan Markle's wedding dress designer has been revealed." (See screengrab below.) The article itself began, "Meghan Markle could well have chosen close friend Stella McCartney to design her wedding dress."
The outlet based its assertion on Caroline Castigliano, who was described as a "leading British bridal designer." She was quoted as saying, "Stella is such a perfect fit for Meghan... As soon as the engagement was announced, I knew it would be a British brand, and I thought it would be Stella and people thought I was [crazy]." Castigliano went on to maintain, "I don't believe that Stella will have any trouble making a magnificent gown for Meghan."
The publication itself further contended that "Stella has rapidly become one of the favorites to design Meghan's gown, despite weeks of speculation that Ralph & Russo had won the job." As it turned out, however, the honor of designing the gown didn't go to McCartney or Ralph & Russo. Rather, Markle's wedding dress was designed by Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller.
Kensington Palace posted on Twitter, "Ms. Meghan Markle's wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy." The palace also issued a press release about the wedding dress through the royal family's official website, in which it was noted Markle made her decision "after meeting Ms. Waight Keller in early 2018."
Notably, there was a lot of misinformation spread about Markle and the royal wedding in the days leading up to the big event. Perhaps most egregiously, on Wednesday In Touch published a cover story falsely claiming Markle was already pregnant with Prince Harry's baby. We also corrected untrue claims about Markle having a maid of honor and Prince Harry going "missing."
In some instances, time itself exposed the false allegations. For example, a few days ago Life & Style asserted Robert Pattinson would be going to the royal wedding, and that was proven to be fake news once the wedding day arrived and the actor was clearly not in attendance. By the same token, all it took was a bit of time for it to be revealed that the New York Post's wedding dress designer "reveal" was not, in fact, accurate. UPDATE: Further showing the inaccuracy of the original report, Markle ended up wearing a McCartney design to the evening reception hosted by Prince Charles on Saturday night, not to her actual wedding ceremony.
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