Royal tailor breaks silence on Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s dress debacle

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The tailor involved in the infamous Sussex bridesmaid dress drama is telling his side of the story.

Nearly five years after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 2018 royal wedding, luxury tailor Ajay Mirpuri of Mirpuri Bespoke spoke with Page Six Style about what happened behind the scenes with the fit of Princess Charlotte’s dress — a topic that’s been highly publicized in the wake of the release of Harry’s bombshell memoir, “Spare.”

As Prince Harry writes in his book, the Givenchy bridesmaid dresses that were “hand-sewn from measurements only” for Princess Charlotte and the five other bridesmaids needed alterations before the big day — and his sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, had strong feelings about their silhouette.

Enter the royal tailor.

Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton, Prince George
Princess Charlotte joined her brother, Prince George, in the wedding party.
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“I don’t know anything that went on before we were asked to come in, but there was clearly a misunderstanding or miscommunication,” Mirpuri tells us, adding that “the brand that made the dresses has some of the highest standards in the world.”

While Harry wrote that “it wasn’t a big shock that they might need altering” considering Givenchy had made them solely based on the girls’ measurements, the then-Duchess of Cambridge reportedly texted Markle expressing concerns about Charlotte’s outfit.

“Charlotte’s dress is too big, too long, too baggy. She cried when she tried it
on at home,” Middleton’s text to the bride-to-be read, according to “Spare.”

Royal wedding outfits exhibit
Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress, along with Prince George’s page boy suit, was included in a 2018 royal wedding exhibition.
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After the royal fiancée suggested Middleton “take Charlotte to see Ajay,” their terse exchange eventually caused the prince to find Markle “on the floor. Sobbing.”

When asked if he was aware of any drama between the two royal women, the high-end suitmaker — whose business runs bespoke tailoring showrooms in London as well as Switzerland — said, “Not at all. Everyone was very cooperative and in a good mood.”

“We were contacted by a PA a few days before the 14th, which is when we first went in,” Mirpuri continued.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
The Sussexes married at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
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With just days before the May 19 wedding, the team had to work through the night to finish all six dresses.

“It took us three days and most of three nights,” Mirpuri said, sharing that “the level of alterations required for each dress” varied.

The tailor — who specializes in custom suits — often works with celebrities and high-level VIPs such as Matt Damon, and said he would have been “quite happy” to stay behind the scenes of the incident.

Princess Charlotte
Charlotte sported a flower crown that was also discussed in “Spare” after a media outlet accused Markle of endangering her health with “poisonous” Lily of the Valley.
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“On this occasion it was our privilege to serve the royal family and had no one put two and two together to find us. We were quite happy for it never to be known,” he said. “That’s not why we do what we do.”

At the end of the day, Mirpuri said, “I feel it’s a family matter and should be dealt [with] as such.”

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
A number of stories surrounding the Sussexes’ wedding are shared in “Spare.”
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While the tailor said he hasn’t read “Spare” yet, other than the sections involving the bridesmaid dress incident, he plans to do so in the near future.

“We had a small role to play in this globally televised event and I just hope our role made the country look good,” Mirpuri concluded, saying he was “very proud” of the work done on the dresses, “given where we started.”

Princess Charlotte
Prince Charlotte — joined by Markle’s friend, Jessica Mulroney, and Middleton — waved to the crowd outside St. George’s Chapel in her Givenchy bridesmaid dress.
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