Everything we know so far on Meghan Markle's royal wedding dress

Meghan Markle will soon be walking down the aisle, and one of the biggest talking points will certainly be her wedding gown. The Suits alum, who will exchange vows with Prince Harry on May 19, is likely to pull out all the stops to make hers as iconic as Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding dress. The Duchess of Cambridge's Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown, which is rumored to have cost over $400,000, was paid for by her parents Carole and Michael Middleton. It's been previously reported that Prince Harry's fiancé pays for her own clothing. As the countdown to the royal wedding continues, here is everything else we know about the 36-year-old’s wedding dress.

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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markles wedding gownsVIEW GALLERY Meghan's wedding dress designer will be thrust into the spotlight just like on Kate's big day Photos: Getty Images

Dress fittings
According to reports, Meghan had her first wedding dress fitting at Kensington Palace in January. The TV star flew her close friend and stylist, Jessica Mulroney, from Canada to London to help her decide which gown to wear for the big day. Following the fitting, Jessica reportedly stayed at the palace for four nights, during which time she helped Meghan pick out other outfits for future engagements.

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Who is the designer?
The custom-designed gown will be this year's most sought after commission amongst the fashion elite. British fashion house Ralph and Russo is currently tipped to be the dress designer — the same brand who famously created Meghan's stunning engagement gown. Fashion insiders tell HOLA!'s sister brand HELLO! that word is that the British haute couture fashion house has won the style war. The speculation comes after bookmakers revealed in February that they've had to stop taking bets on another British designer, Alexander McQueen, as punters rushed to try their luck.

Meghan Markle wedding dress designerVIEW GALLERY The American actress wore a $75,000 Ralph and Russo gown for her engagements photos Photo: Alexi Lubomirski

Another rumored contender to land the coveted role is London designer Antonio Berardi. Meghan was worn the fashion house before, most poignantly in May 2017 when she cheered on Harry at the polo. It was the very first time the couple were snapped together at a public event. Her navy dress was fashion-forward, modern and feminine, featuring an elegant, double-breasted cut, a ruffled asymmetrical skirt and statement button detail.

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Victoria Beckham is not the designer
Last month, the Spice Girls star shut down rumors that she was designing the dress — despite Meghan wearing a beautiful knitted jumper by VB in her engagement photo shoot. "She looked absolutely beautiful in my jumper. I’m sure it will be a really fun wedding," Victoria told the Guardian. "But no, she hasn’t asked me to do the dress."

Not one but two gowns
It's believed that the American beauty will change into a second dress for her reception, and it will likely be more informal. "The wedding will be split into two, much like William and Kate's," an insider told Us Weekly. "So both Meghan and Harry will have second outfits." For her 2011 wedding to Prince William, Kate slipped into a stunning sweetheart-neckline satin creation, which was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Meghan Markle royal wedding dressVIEW GALLERY Meghan as Rachel in her TV show Suits  Photo: Kleinfeld Canada

Meghan's dream wedding dress
In 2016, the former actress opened up about her ideal bridal gown during the filming of her wedding scene in Suits. "Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist," she told Glamour. "I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic. Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos are faves of mine for their uniqueness and beauty. And I will always be a fan of Elie Saab. J. Mendel is spectacular as well, especially for more structural designs."

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