The royal-to-be and Roland Mouret have been friends ever since meeting in Istanbul.

We know which designer we want it to be (*cough* Elie Saab *cough*).

However it’s looking more and more likely that a French fashion house might be behind Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding gown.

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Roland Mouret has enjoyed a close friendship with the American actress for years, and was caught off guard when quizzed recently about the possibility of designing the Suits star’s bridal dress.

 

“Mmmmm, I don’t want to say,” the Lourdes-born designer told WWD last week.

“No comment. It’s…there is no comment on that. She’s a friend. And that’s…I can’t say.”

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It’s not necessarily the most convincing denial we’ve heard (however whichever designer Markle goes with will likely stay tight-lipped until the big day, as Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton did before the Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials).

British label McQueen is also in the running when it comes to Markle’s gown too, with bets officially called off in the UK after a flurry of activity on the luxury fashion house.

“Either someone sneaky knows something, or there’s plenty of shrewd punters who are up on their fashion knowledge,” a spokesperson for bookmaker Paddy Power told The Telegraph.

While it is possible that the bride-to-be might be following in the footsteps of future sister-in-law Catherine, her close friendship with Mouret has led fashion critics to believe he’s a more likely choice.

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The pair first met in a lift in Istanbul, according to People, where the French designer told Markle “I’d love to dress you”.

“I thought ‘whaaat?’ Then he told me who he was and we’ve been friends ever since,” the 36-year-old, who’s set to wed Britain’s Prince Harry on May 19, said.

Markle has been pictured wearing Mouret designs over the last couple of years, and shared images with the designer on her now-defunct Instagram page.

Mouret also let slip about the actress’ style when interviewed by the New York Post this month, revealing: “Meghan knows really well what she likes and the main thing with Meghan is to listen to her and work in collaboration with her.”

The designer then tellingly added: “I’ve already said too much.”

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With no one owning up to landing the sartorial gig of the year, we’ll just have to wait until Markle arrives at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on the big day.

We’re counting down to it already…

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