Wedding dress speculation sees flurry of late bets on designers

Punters are making a last-minute gamble on Suzannah or Stella McCartney being the designer behind Princess Eugenie’s wedding gown.

Erdem remains the favourite at the bookmakers at 2/1, but Ladbrokes said there has been a flurry of bets for British design brand Suzannah, with odds cut from 9/2 to 3/1.

Meanwhile, Paddy Power has suspended betting on Eugenie wearing Stella McCartney after a flood of bets.

Suzannah was founded by Suzannah Crabb and is known for creating wedding dresses with vintage charm and a modern edge.

McCartney designed the halter neck gown Meghan wore to her evening wedding party.

A Paddy Power spokesman said: “We’ve seen a lot of action on Stella McCartney to be the designer of Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress this morning, forcing us to stop taking bets.

“The level of wagers could indicate insider knowledge, and the brand seems a good fit for the day with their positive environmental standpoint.”

The Duchess of Sussex leaving Windsor Castle in her Stella McCartney dress
The Duchess of Sussex leaving Windsor Castle in her Stella McCartney dress (PA)

Jenny Packham is at 5/1 with Ladbrokes, Preen is 6/1 and Suzanne Neville is 8/1.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “We know Princess Eugenie’s flying the flag for British designers, and punters are beginning to wonder if an upset could be on the cards for the likes of Suzannah or Preen, leaving Erdem to miss out on the big day.”

Eugenie has already revealed she has chosen a British-based designer, and that she was set on the style she wanted from the start of her wedding planning.

“(The dress) is the one thing that I was really decisive about,” the princess told British Vogue magazine.

“As soon as we announced the wedding, I knew the designer, and the look, straight away. I never thought I’d be the one who knew exactly what I like, but I’ve been pretty on top of it.”

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank engaged
Eugenie in Erdem with Jack Brooksbank as they announced their engagement (PA)

Erdem is often Eugenie’s go-to choice and she wore the brand, founded by Canadian-born London-based designer Erdem Moralioglu, on the day her engagement was announced.

Ralph & Russo, who made the gown for the Duchess of Sussex’s official engagement photo, are 14/1 to have been chosen by Eugenie.

Eugenie has told how her wedding will be an environmentally friendly, anti-plastic affair.


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