AceShowbiz - Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo have finally spoken about the rumours that they were making Meghan Markle, Duchess Of Sussex's wedding gown.
Fans all around the world had expected Meghan to step out in a Ralph & Russo design when she wed Prince Harry last month, with bookies even suspending bets because of how many people were putting money on the London-based couture brand.
But in the end, despite choosing Ralph & Russo for her engagement dress, Meghan bestowed the honour on Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller.
"It would be crazy to say that the level of attention and speculation hasn't had an impact. But with this comes a level of responsibility to protect that person's trust," Michael told Grazia magazine. "All we can hope is that we continuously prove to be just that: a trusted partner with whom our clients feel secure in not only the design, but the brand."
"The business was built on discretion, we would never discuss our private client or the price points of any custom pieces - never have and we never will - discretion and trust is key."
He added that because of the intense media speculation, even he began questioning whether they were designing the dress.
The fashion house, which was established in 2007, has a long-standing relationship with Kensington Palace so when they were asked to sign non-disclosure agreement permitting them from talking about whether they were the designers or not, Tamara and Michael happily agreed.
And Tamara couldn't speak highly enough of the dress Meghan chose to wear, a white silk gown with an open bateau neckline, sculpted waist and three-quarter length sleeves.
"Clare created a truly exceptional look, simple, timeless and elegant," she praised.