Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle favourite brand Amanda Wakeley in administration

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The company is in administration after its Mayfair shop and concessions closed in early 2021. Amanda Wakeley dressed Meghan Markle for her first outing as an official member of the Royal Family.

The brand also dressed Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge.

It is not a surprise the brand has royal fans. The founder, Amanda Wakeley, has royal connections herself.

Her father is Sir John Wakeley, 2nd Baronet, and she attended Cheltenham Ladies College.

The designer said in a statement: “During the pre-administration phase, the company’s staff worked tirelessly with me, and Smith & Williamson, to maximise sales and mitigate the impact of insolvency on the company’s creditors.

“To this core team and those who have worked at Wakeley over the years, thank you.

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“I am also very grateful for the support and expertise of our leading equity investor [private equity firm AGC Equity Partners] who has been a valuable partner since 2012.

“To our customers, many of whom have become our friends, thank you for your loyalty. It is an honour to design for you and I am deeply touched by the many messages of support concerning my family and the business through the crisis.”

She set up her business with a £20,000 (£41,929.23 in today’s money) loan from her father in 1990, with which opened a studio and shop in Chelsea.

Princess Diana, perhaps the first royal style icon of the modern era, often wore chic tailored designs from the brand.

She often went for the iconic power suits of the era from the Chelsea business.

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Kate was quick to take up the mantle. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a stunning silver and grey dress from the brand to a gala dinner in 2014.

It was an important moment for the Duchess as it was her first solo event as a member of the Royal Family.

It is likely Kate had the dress for a number of years. The gown was from the brand’s 2006 A/W collection.

The gown accentuated Kate’s slim figure and broad athletic shoulders with embellished straps.

Kate also chose the brand for a more laidback event in 2011. She wore the “Sculpted Felt Long Sleeved Seamed Dress”, £450, to visit Marsden Hospital.

And she’s not the only modern royal who likes the brand. Meghan Markle wore Amanda Wakeley, too.

Meghan wore the Amanda Wakeley Crombie coat in cream for her first official engagement as a member of the Royal Family.

The classic white coat was worn to church with the Amanda Wakeley Springsteen dress and a white beret.

Meghan was a fan of the brand before her royal career began, however.

In 2013 she wore an Amanda Wakeley ombre gown to the Entertainment Weekly Pre-SAG Party at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.

Kate Middleton’s style is one of the most imitated and she regularly appears in best-dressed lists.

Another favourite London-based brand of Kate’s is Eponine London.

Kate’s most recent outing in Eponine London was earlier this week to promote her Hold Still photography book.

She wore the Wool Crepe Coat with Mandarin Collar from the 2018 A/W, an off-the-rack piece for couture-loving Kate.

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