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Mystery as designer Emilia Wickstead, who claimed Meghan’s £200K gown was identical to one of hers, has her Twitter account SUSPENDED

  • Emilia Wickstead, a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, claimed last week that Meghan Markle’s wedding dress had been identical to one of her designs
  • Now Wickstead’s Twitter account has been mysteriously suspended 
  • The New Zealand fashion designer, based in London, has been widely criticised for suggesting that the Duchess of Sussex’s dress was ‘quite loose’

Jo Tweedy For Mailonline

A British-based designer who claimed Meghan Markle’s wedding gown was ‘identical’ to one of her own creations has had her Twitter account mysteriously suspended. 

New Zealander Emilia Wickstead, a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, last week commented that the new Duchess of Sussex‘s stunning wedding dress was very similar to a £7,000 gown in her own collection – and sparked a backlash on social media.  

Meghan’s dress was actually created by Givenchy’s Clare Wright Keller, costing £200,000, and kept firmly under wraps until the big day. 

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New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, a favourite with the Duchess of Cambridge, caused a media stir last week when she said Meghan Markle's bridal gown had been 'identical' to one she had designed

New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, a favourite with the Duchess of Cambridge, caused a media stir last week when she said Meghan Markle's bridal gown had been 'identical' to one she had designed

New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, a favourite with the Duchess of Cambridge, caused a media stir last week when she said Meghan Markle’s bridal gown had been ‘identical’ to one she had designed

The Twitter social media account of the designer @emiliawickstead has been suspended

The Twitter social media account of the designer @emiliawickstead has been suspended

The Twitter social media account of the designer @emiliawickstead has been suspended

Meghan Markle in her £200,000 Givenchy dress

Meghan Markle in her £200,000 Givenchy dress

Designer Emilia Wickstead's £7,000 gown

Designer Emilia Wickstead's £7,000 gown

Comparison: Meghan Markle in her £200,000 Givenchy dress (left) and designer Emilia Wickstead’s £7,000 gown (right)

Wickstead also said of the gown: ‘If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect. Her wedding dress was quite loose'

Wickstead also said of the gown: ‘If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect. Her wedding dress was quite loose'

Wickstead also said of the gown: ‘If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect. Her wedding dress was quite loose’

Be a beautiful bride like Meghan in Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day was a week ago but we’re still a little overexcited. And of course it was all about the dress.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Alexander McQueen gown has got to be one of the most copied styles of all time, and this breathtaking design is destined to be just as iconic.

We’ve all been speculating for months as to who Meghan might ask to create the all-important dress. Stella McCartney, Ralph & Russo, Burberry or perhaps Erdem?

She kept us all guessing right up until the last moment, and as she arrived at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor it was announced that it’s the work of British designer Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director at Givenchy.

We love the elegant simplicity of this dress. The slight off shoulder neckline, the train… it’s perfection. When teamed with Cartier jewellery, a dramatic veil and Queen Mary’s diamond tiara, it’s a fairy tale come true.

The dress is undoubtedly the biggest decision you’ll make when you say ‘I do’, so browse the Royal wedding-inspired options we’ve found for you on the virtual high street.

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Ms Wickstead triggered the storm after she reportedly said: ‘Her dress is identical to one of our dresses. Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, ‘It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress.”

She continued: ‘Her dress is identical to one of our dresses. Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, “It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress.'”

The designer then went on to have a bit of a dig at Meghan’s look. She said: ‘If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect. Her wedding dress was quite loose.’

And she didn’t approve of the bride’s relaxed hair style: ‘I was like, ‘Hold the wisps [of her hair] back — it’s a Royal Wedding for God’s sake.’

Emilia Wickstead, who claims Meghan's wedding dress is identical to one of her dresses

Emilia Wickstead, who claims Meghan's wedding dress is identical to one of her dresses

Emilia Wickstead, who claims Meghan’s wedding dress is identical to one of her dresses

The comments have seen Wickstead, who has seen her designs worn frequently by the Duchess of Cambridge, chastised by social media users.

@megananomous wrote: ‘#EmiliaWickstead has a lot of nerve talking rudely about the #DuchessOfSussex’s wedding dress! Emilia actually works as a designer for the royal family!! Highly unprofessional!’ 

@kmcghee617b added: ‘Emilia Wickstead is a very successful designer. She has dressed the Duchess of Cambridge on more than one occasion. It’s a shame that she has elected this forum to voice her complaints concerning the dress origin. Why wouldn’t she have went straight to Givenchy?’

@MeadhbhMcGrath added: ‘Deeply unprofessional comments from Emilia Wickstead on Meghan’s Givenchy gown! Will Kate Middleton sever ties with one of her favourite designers over this?’ 

@pookiesmith2424 added: ‘Emilia Wickstead May just have lost her Royal customers!’ 

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