Royal wedding dress designer sued for ‘stealing’ design: Report

Jessica Hartogs, Special to
Royal wedding dress designer sued for allegedly copying design

The designer behind Kate Middleton's wedding dress is being sued for allegedly copying the ideas of an unknown bridal designer for arguably the world's most famous wedding dress, The Sunday Times reports .

Sarah Burton, head of designer label Alexander McQueen and the woman behind 'the dress' that the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, wore to wed Prince William, is being sued by British designer Christine Kendall.

McQueen, which Burton took over after the death of its creator, Alexander McQueen, is favored by celebrities and royals alike. According to The Sunday Times, the haute-couture label is being accused by Kendall of taking and copying her designs for the royal wedding dress.

A spokesperson for Alexander McQueen responded to the lawsuit, telling CNBC over email: "We are utterly baffled by this legal claim. Christine Kendall first approached us at Alexander McQueen almost four years ago, when we were clear with her that any suggestion Sarah Burton's design of the royal wedding dress was copied from her designs was nonsense."

"Sarah Burton never saw any of Ms Kendall's designs or sketches and did not know of Ms Kendall before Ms Kendall got in touch with us - some 13 months after the wedding. We do not know why Ms Kendall has raised this again, but there are no ifs, buts or maybes here: this claim is ridiculous."

Queen at 90: Why the Royal Family matters

Kendall accuses the fashion label of breach of copyright after she sent ideas for the royal wedding dress to Kensington Palace, following an open call for British designers. At the time, she received a letter from the office of Prince William and Prince Harry thanking her for her ideas, reports The Sunday Times.

"Miss Middleton was most interested to see your work and very much appreciated you taking the trouble to write."

A spokesperson for the Duchess of Cambridge told The Sunday Times that she had never seen Kendall's sketches.

Kendall's lawyer, of British firm Kuits, told the paper, "Our client is certain that her company's design was unfairly taken and copied. The claim is not against the Duchess and there is no allegation of wrongdoing against the palace."

The royal wedding dress designs were kept a secret from the public until the royal wedding day in 2011.

You can read the full report here.

Follow CNBC International on Twitter and Facebook.