Royal Tailor: ‘If There Was A Fight Between The Princess Of Wales And Duchess Of Sussex Over Bridesmaid Dresses, I Didn’t See It’
The tailor who fixed the bridesmaid dresses said to have sparked a row between the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Sussex has said he did not see any argument between them.
Ajay Mirpuri, who runs Mirpuri Bespoke tailors in London’s West End, was called in by Meghan and the Duke of Sussex four days before their May 2018 wedding to mend six ill-fitting Givenchy dresses.
Initial reports had suggested Kate was in tears over the incident, but Harry’s account in his memoir Spare says it was Meghan who was left “sobbing on the floor”.
But Mr Mirpuri said simply: “I did not see it.”
He added: “Any wedding, on whatever level, is always stressful – especially the lead up to it – and this was no different. But everyone was very friendly, very co-operative, and it was an honour to be asked to serve.”
Mr Mirpuri has vented frustration about why the alterations and the surrounding supposed argument have become the focus, rather than how “fabulous” the dresses looked on the wedding day.
He and a team of three others worked for three consecutive days at Kensington Palace and Windsor Castle until 4am each morning as they mended the dresses, which had been hand-sewn from measurements taken at a single fitting.
“The issue was the sizing, but I don’t know anything prior to that. Givenchy is a fantastic brand, and I can’t say anything about what had happened before. We were just brought in to try to fix a challenge, and that’s what we did.”
Harry’s book adds extra detail to the Sussexes’ Oprah Winfrey interview in 2021, when Meghan claimed it was Kate who made her cry, not vice-versa.
The duke writes Kate texted Meghan four days before the wedding to say her daughter Princess Charlotte was crying because her dress was “too big, too long, too baggy”.
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Meghan reportedly replied Mr Mirpuri had been “waiting all day” at Kensington Palace to make adjustments, adding that Kate and Charlotte should go there for alterations.
Kate is then said to have responded, “No, all the dresses need to be remade”, before then giving in to Meghan’s continued insistence she saw Mr Mirpuri.
Meghan told Oprah that Kate apologised the following day with flowers and a card.
“She did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone. To just take accountability for it,” she said.