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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding date is fast approaching and media speculation is rife. From emerging details on the exclusive guest list to their romantic reception location, there isn’t an aspect of the May 19 nuptials that hasn’t graced the headlines.

But one question remains on everyone’s lips: who will design the 36-year-old’s wedding dress?

Couture fashion house Ralph and Russo is the current favourite with bets suspended on the design duo due to an influx of predictions. While, Alexander McQueen is also a strong contender with a flurry of bets also causing bookmakers to halt further guesses.

Though one factor seems certain, the former actress will not upstage future sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge due to simple etiquette.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight, “There have been reports that [Meghan’s] considering spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on a wedding dress. I think that’s incredibly unlikely.”

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She continued: “Kate Middleton’s dress cost £150,000. It was her parents, Carol and Michael Middleton, who paid for that bill. I think it was very unlikely that Meghan would spend more than that and in doing so try and upstage a future queen.”

In fact, the 36-year-old is more likely to seek inspiration from the Duchess of Cambridge on her big day. According to Nicholl, the former actress has asked for a ‘lace’ gown ‘with sleeves’. Sound familiar?

But no matter how much we analyse the potential names up for the most coveted job of the year, it is unlikely that we will learn the designer until she graces the aisle.

“Let’s be honest, this is a girl who knows how to keep a secret. She and Harry kept their romance clandestine for months, so she knows how to stay tight-lipped,’ Nicholl added. ‘There’s going to be so much attention on the dress. She’s like every other bride in that respect, she wants to keep it a secret up until the last minute.”

Watch this space.

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This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.