Kate and Meghan: the woman who embroidered their wedding dresses struggles to feed her children

Her hands helped create two iconic dresses. In 2011 then in 2018, the embroiderer Chloe Savage had the chance and the honor to help in the creation of the wedding dresses of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Called in by the Royal School of Needlework, this Bristol-born woman helped craft the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress and was one of the first to know the date of the royal wedding. Seven years later, she was again requisitioned to sew the majestic veil that Meghan Markle donned to marry Prince Harry. This Englishwoman also worked on the costumes worn by the actors of the Harry Potter saga. Prestigious collaborations that have honored her. And yet today, Chloe Savage is ruined. In the columns of the Sunday Times, she explained “that her application for universal credit has been rejected four times” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Chloe Savage, who was forced to close her workshop in the city of Bristol, is believed to be on the verge of losing her home in part she received no financial support during the coronavirus pandemic. The 43-year-old Briton explained that she had had to fire apprentices and that she was now struggling to make ends meet but also to feed her children. “My daughter has started to avoid eating lunch and dinner because she thinks it will save me money on the food bill,” assured the embroiderer, on the verge of tears. As her company, Chloe Savage Embroidery, is not making any money for her at the moment, she has not been able to collect a salary and claims that she only has one month’s rent in advance. A terrible situation, which many self-employed workers face today, which the British government has “not helped enough”.

“Why is the government persecuting small business owners?” Asked Chloe Savage, one of three million Britons who have not received any funding since the onset of the health crisis. He continues to say that we are the backbone of the recovery, but we won’t be around to get back to work in a few months. ” The embroiderer now works in her mother’s garage after being forced to close her Bristol workshop. Chloe Savage said she was “heartbroken” at the impact this was having on her teenage daughter and eight-year-old son. In the columns of the Sunday Times, she explained that she spent half of her time crying and that her father had been forced to sell his car. “It is disappointing that in a spending review so focused on tackling unemployment, there is nothing to support the independents,” said Andy Chamberlain, policy director at the Association of Independent Professionals and Self- Employed. Yet they are the ones who have driven employment levels up over the past decade. “

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