An intricate Irish lace pattern could be used in Meghan Markle’s wedding gown when she marries Prince Harry after they announced their engagement this week.
Designers of Carrickmacross lace are hopeful Markle will seek the pattern used by Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, and his sister-in-law Kate Middleton, on their wedding days.
Elizabeth Daly, chairperson of the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery, told the Irish Independent that it would be “lovely” if Markle wore the design.
Daly believed Harry’s older brother, Prince William, arranged for Kate to wear the design as a tribute to his mother Diana. She said the thought crossed her mind that Harry might persuade his new American fiancée to do the same.
“I wonder will they put the wheels in motion. We’re hoping; that would be nice,” Daly said.
Carrickmacross lace was introduced into Ireland in about 1820 by Mrs. Grey Porter of Donaghmoyne, who taught it to local women so that they could earn some extra money.
The scheme was initially of limited success, and it was only after the 1846 Famine, when a lace school was set up by the managers of the Bath and Shirley estates at Carrickmacross as a means of helping their starving tenants, that the lace became known and found sales.
Middleton’s wedding dress was made by English designer Sarah Burton, of luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen.
Daly said that while the gallery was not involved in the design of her dress, they were thrilled to see the Carrickmacross stitching technique was used on her gown.
Carrickmacross lace is hand-stitched by a select group of craftspeople.