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There is, perhaps, a modern morality tale at its heart.

Emilia Wickstead, the 34 year old New Zealand born, London based designer who has enjoyed faithful patronage from the Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the newly minted Sussex, has ruffled feathers after less than complimentary remarks regarding Meghan's wedding dress were aired in a tabloid and then the entire world. "Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, 'It's an Emilia Wickstead dress'".

"I was like, 'Hold the wisps [of her hair] back - it's a royal wedding for God's sake, '" she said.

But Meghan's dress has come under fire from Katy Perry, who felt the former Suits actress' gown could have been more tailored to her figure.

Since @emiliawickstead has gotten her knickers all in a twist over the supposed infringement of her groundbreaking design, here is yet another archival 1967 Givenchy wedding dress from the @chicagomuseum that may have served as inspiration for Clare Waight Keller's Givenchy design.

Now, Wickstead has released a statement, denying ever making the comments about the royal wedding dress and saying she is "extremely saddened" by the reports.

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This may all sound like social media semantics, but to the casual observer, it looked rather as if Wickstead - or at least a naive social media manager - was trying to pass the gown off as her own, or suggest that they were suspiciously alike.

Wickstead's dress has a similar neckline to the Duchess' dress but is off the shoulder, has longer sleeves and a slightly different line to the Givenchy gown.

And now, Yoox Net-a-Porter Group has reported that Givenchy's full-price sales increased tenfold in the three days after the wedding in comparison with the three days prior. But Wickstead is saying that she was misquoted and was "saddened" by the comments that appeared in the press.

Now the designer's Twitter account has been suspended. She worked at Giorgio Armani and Proenza Schouler in NY before setting up her own label in London in 2008.

Is Diet Prada attempting to give Wickstead a taste of her own medicine?