Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William in 2011 was one of the most celebrated occasions in recent Royal history. Amongst the most memorable aspects of this special day was Kate’s wedding dress – an intricately decorated ivory satin gown with a impressive 9ft train.
Now almost five years after Kate walked down the aisle to become the Duchess of Cambridge, her wedding dress is causing a stir once more – but this time for entirely different reasons!
Hertfordshire-based bridal designer Christine Kendall is suing Alexander McQueen – the fashion house behind the dress design – claiming they made use of sketches submitted to Duchess five months prior to the royal wedding.
Kendall also argued that the ideas for a 1950s themed dress received a letter of gratitude from the office of Prince William and Prince Harry in 2011, which seemed to indicate that Kate had seen the designs. It is said to have read as follows:
“Miss Catherine Middleton has asked me to write and thank you so much for your letter of 18th November enclosing bridal gown designs.
“Miss Middleton was most interested to see your work and very much appreciated you taking the trouble to write. Should she wish to see more of your designs I will of course be in touch.”
“Sarah Burton never saw any of Ms Kendall’s designs or sketches and did not know of Ms Kendall before Ms Kendall got in touch with us – some 13 months after the wedding.”
“We are utterly baffled by this legal claim. Christine Kendall first approached us almost four years ago, when we were clear with her that any suggestion Sarah Burton’s design of the royal wedding dress was copied from her designs was nonsense…
“We do not know why Ms Kendall has raised this again, but there are no ifs, buts or maybes here: this claim is ridiculous.”
“Proceedings have been issued because our client is certain that her company’s design was unfairly taken and copied.“The claim is not against the Duchess and there is no allegation of wrongdoing against the palace.”