The Alexander McQueen fashion house in Paris, France, is denying a London Times newspaper report that it is designing Kate Middleton's wedding dress. She's marrying Britain's Prince William next month.
Two representatives of the high-profile design house flatly denied the story on Sunday. "This is not true," spokeswoman Myriam Coudoux said when CNN asked if McQueen creative director Sarah Burton was designing the dress. Hongyi Huang, the head of press for McQ, the house's contemporary clothing line, also denied the report. Burton and McQueen chief executive Jonathan Akeroyd denied the story as well.
Prince William's office told CNN: "We're saying nothing."
"We're not commenting on the specific designer for the dress because Catherine Middleton wishes to keep the designer a secret until the wedding day," Clarence House said Sunday.
Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, is marrying his college girlfriend at Westminster Abbey on April 29. Who is Kate Middleton?
The Sunday Times says Middleton will wear a dress designed by Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen.
The Times says Middleton was impressed by a wedding dress Burton designed for the daughter of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the wife of Prince Charles. The article does not cite any sources.
William is the older son of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth's oldest son and the heir to the throne.
Alexander McQueen was one of Britain's hottest fashion designers. He committed suicide last year. Learn more about McQueen's legacy.
Prince William's younger brother, Prince Harry, will be his best man when he marries Kate Middleton in London in April, Clarence House announced Monday.
Middleton's sister Philippa will be her maid of honor.
Some royals have domestic staff who do things such as set out their clothes for the next day. But Britain’s Prince William and his fiancée apparently are set to do their own cooking and household tasks during their first years of marriage.
The prince and Kate Middleton, who are to marry in April, will not have household staff until at least after William finishes his tour as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot in three years, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.
They'll still have security personnel who will watch over them. But doing without a staff for cooking and cleaning is "probably William's way of protecting Kate and making sure that her entry into the royal family is as gentle and as palatable as he can possibly make it," Katie Nicholl, a royal correspondent for the Mail on Sunday, told CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Wednesday.
"I think it's been quite a big thing for Kate Middleton to get her head around having a protection officer. This is something she'd never had to have in her life before. Now she has one, and I think what they're both trying to do is preserve as much normality as they can while they can have it," Nicholl said.
While the second in line to the British throne might not forgo a domestic staff for the rest of his life, he may want a home life that contrasts with that of his father, Prince Charles, who has often been criticized by the British public for having too many staff, Nicholl said. About eight years ago, British media reported Charles allegedly had a valet who put toothpaste onto his toothbrush for him.
"I don't think William wants that. He wants to be far more independent," Nicholl said.
William and Kate already have done their own cooking, shopping and cleaning during weekends at a cottage on the Welsh island of Anglesey, where he is stationed, The Telegraph reported.
The United Kingdom royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton will happen on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey, the royal family said. Watch the couple's first post-engagement interview.
The date is the first Friday after Easter. "The royal family will pay for the wedding, following the precedence set by the marriages of the prince and princess of Wales in 1981 and Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947," Prince Charles' spokeswoman said in a statement.
The thousand-year-old Westminster Abbey has been the favorite of royal fans, the media, and bookies ever since the couple announced their engagement a week ago.
Middleton was photographed leaving the Abbey last week with her parents, and British newspapers reported they had a private after-hours tour.