Princess Diana's wedding dress designer blasts Meghan Markle for choosing foreign brands over British designers
The designer who dressed Princess Diana in her iconic wedding dress has lashed out at her daughter-in-law Meghan Markle for not championing dresses made by British designers in her royal wardrobe. In an interview with Yahoo UK, fashion designer David Emanuel urged Meghan to use her profile to support British brands both through her own choices and her son, Archie.
"I really do feel very strongly that now she is married into the Royal Family, 'The Firm' as we know it, I think she should be supporting British designers quite frankly," he said. "I followed the Royal tour — she was in Australia, Fiji, and Tonga and I think there was only something like three British designers represented," he pointed out.
Out of the 74 dresses that Meghan wore during her royal tour, 20 of the featured dresses were by British designers. Emanuel also noted Meghan's love for designer labels, including her wedding dress designer brand Givenchy, saying: "As we know, French couture is not inexpensive."
Emanuel further explained that after the birth of royal baby Archie, he could see Baby Sussex basking in the glory of the English fashion scene, such as "little shirts, Peter Pan collars, Mother of Pearl buttons and little shorts as he gets older."
"But American is Meghan. Meghan is American. So who knows, he might be in baby Ralph Lauren? Who knows," he added.
Emanuel further stated that dressing up the new baby in all Ralph Lauren would be "expensive" and "unnecessary". "But you know she's the Mother. If she wants to put him in baby Ralph Lauren, it will be in baby Ralph Lauren. But please, Meghan, if anything, buy British!" he exclaimed.
Emanuel, who famously designed the dress worn by the late Lady Diana on the day of her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, was deeply pained by the Duchess of Sussex's decision to wear non-British designers for her bridal gown.
"The last couple of weddings is that they've gone off-piste a bit. The Duchess of Sussex for instance, she went to Givenchy," he said. He continued, "Yes it was a British designer, but the gown was made in France. It's not for me to say, but I think it must have cost a small fortune."
Talking about the late Princess Diana, and how she would react to seeing Harry experience fatherhood for the first time, he said: "She loved children. I should imagine she would be gloriously happy to see Harry with a baby. It could have been and should have been fabulous. But unfortunately, it didn't turn out like that."
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