Meghan Markle’s clothing designer accused of using workers on leave to renovate homes on the French Riviera
Meghan Markle’s Â£ 56,000 engagement dress designer accused of using workers on leave to renovate two French Riviera homes she shares with her billionaire boyfriend
- Ms Ralph reportedly told Ralph & Russo employees on leave to buy furniture
- She told them to make sure the wallpaper was installed at properties on the French Riviera.
- Last night she denied the allegations and said the staff were in fact friends
The glamorous designer of Meghan Markle’s Â£ 56,000 engagement dress has been accused of asking staff on leave to redecorate two luxury homes she shares with her billionaire boyfriend.
Tamara Ralph reportedly told two employees on leave from her fashion brand Ralph & Russo to buy furniture and make sure wallpaper was installed at properties on the French Riviera, according to new documents released by the French Riviera. High Court.
Ms Ralph, 40, denied the allegations last night and said the staff were in fact friends who were doing her a ‘favor’ ‘in a private capacity’.
Tamara Ralph (left) reportedly told two employees on leave from her fashion brand Ralph & Russo to buy furniture and make sure wallpaper was hung at properties on the French Riviera, according to news documents issued by the High Court.
One of Britain’s most famous luxury fashion houses, Ralph & Russo has designed stunning haute couture dresses for stars such as Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.
But earlier this year, The Mail on Sunday revealed how Ms Ralph and fellow Aussie and former partner Michael Russo were accused of looting the fashion house to fund their jet-set lifestyle.
We also reported allegations that Ralph & Russo’s pension fund was raided before it plunged into administration in March.
Ms Ralph, who is being sued by the company through its directors for Â£ 20.8million in damages, has vigorously denied the allegations.
Now, in a recently filed legal document, the company claims staff have been tasked with redecorating an apartment near the famous Monte Carlo casino and marina that Ms Ralph shares with her businessman boyfriend Bhanu Choudhrie, as well as ‘a villa used by the couple in Cannes.
âThis work includedâ¦ headboard design projects, helping with the purchase of custom furniture, and organizing the choice and installation of wallpaper,â the paper says.
The company said it understood the work was done by Francesco Baiera, Retail Design Manager at Ralph & Russo, while he was on leave.
Mr. Baiera “liaised with various suppliers, designers and retailers for the development of said properties,” it is claimed.
The glamorous designer of Meghan Markle’s Â£ 56,000 engagement dress has been accused of asking staff on leave to redecorate two luxury homes she shares with her billionaire boyfriend
The work was also reportedly coordinated by Terence Sparks, Ms Ralph’s personal assistant, who was also on leave.
Under the Â£ 69 billion leave program, officially known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the government has helped pay the wages of 11.7 million jobs.
A source close to the company said last night that if the claims were true it would be a “utter shame” if staff on leave were tasked with redecorating the properties.
But Ms Ralph’s spokesperson said: “The people who were on leave helped Ms Ralph as a friend to help her and in a private capacity and as such there was nothing wrong with it. to do it.”
Ms Ralph, 40, denied the claims last night and said the staff were in fact friends doing her a ‘favor’ in a private capacity ‘
Directors accused Ms Ralph of spending thousands of pounds of the company’s money on luxury hotels, flights, lingerie, beauty treatments and hair appointments.
When the company collapsed Ms Ralph owed Â£ 195,436 in loans to directors, which she repaid, while Mr Russo owed Â£ 2.6million. Ms Ralph says the loans were not used to extract money from the business but as an “appropriate accounting mechanism”.
Last month Ms Ralph threw a lavish 40th birthday party hosted for her by Mr Choudhrie at the five-star Paris hotel in Monaco.
Ms Ralph was shown on Instagram cutting a huge cake and dancing to a performance by Ellie Goulding.