We thought we were obsessed with Meghan Markle's wedding prep, but in Britain, the wedding dress watch obsession is on a whole other level. The nation is famous for its love of gambling, and bookies are actually taking bets with real money on which fashion designer will create a gown for Markle's big day, Harper's Bazaar reports. Now, a recent flurry of activity over wedding dress wagering might turn out to be a big clue.
One of the biggest gambling sites in the U.K. ended up shutting down its wedding dress betting entirely after a flood of Alexander McQueen bets came in at once — something that seemed suspicious.
"We previously had Ralph and Russo as the 2/1 [favorites] and there’s also been a lot of talk of Erdem as a big front-runner," a rep for Betfair told the magazine. "However, we’ve now suspended this market after seeing some interesting betting on Alexander McQueen this morning who went from 16/1 to 8/1 in a very short space of time."
The Betfair rep speculated that some inside info could've been leaked to the public.
"Either someone sneaky knows something, or there’s plenty of shrewd punters who are up on their fashion knowledge," the rep told Harper's Bazaar. Yep, instead of betting on curveballs like Inbal Dror or Roland Mouret as the royal wedding gown designer, maybe people are just guessing that Markle will go with the tried-and-true option (Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton designed Kate Middleton's dress, after all.)
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