An embroiderer who worked on Kate Middleton's and Meghan Markles' wedding dresses has revealed her fears of becoming homeless and problems feeding her two children amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Chloe Savage, 43, from the village of Warmley, near Bristol, was enlisted to make the dresses of the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, in 2011 and the Duchess of Sussex, 39, in 2018.
The mother of two says that as a small business owner she did not receive government financial support during the coronavirus pandemic, claiming her universal loan application was denied four times.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, she said her 14-year-old daughter stopped eating lunch and dinner to save money on groceries.
Chloe, who said her savings could cover a month of rent, announced she was afraid of becoming homeless and has reached out to charities to find emergency shelters. I spend half of my time in tears. We do not have any money. There is simply nothing left. & # 39;
Chloe Savage, 43, from the village of Warmley, near Bristol, has exposed her fears of becoming homeless and is fighting to feed her two children amid the Covid-19 crisis. She worked as an embroiderer on Kate Middleton, 38, and Meghan Markle's wedding dresses
Seasoned embroiderer Chloe, who trained at the prestigious Ecole Lesage in Paris and the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, has worked on the Harry Potter franchise and pieces for international catwalks and museums.
Her needlework meant she had to sign the Official Secrets Act before working on the royal gowns.
After being contacted by the Royal School of Needlework in 2011, Chloe became part of a team of 20 creating Kate's stunning Alexander McQueen gown by Sarah Burton with elaborate bodices and sleeves made from lace appliqué.
In processing, individual flowers were cut from lace and handcrafted onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design that featured rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.
The mother of two has also been enlisted to work on Meghan Markle's veil for her wedding anniversary in 2018. Pictured, Prince Harry and Meghan leave Windsor Castle on their wedding day
When Meghan donned a pure white silk Givenchy gown and 15-foot veil from Givenchy's Clare Waight basement in 2018, Chloe was once again on hand to help.
The sticker helped make Meghan's veil from silk tulle with hand-embroidered flowers made from silk thread and organza.
The veil was adorned with the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth of Nations, united in a single spectacular floral composition.
Chloe Savage, 43, (pictured) from the village of Warmley, near Bristol, says she did not receive any government funding during the pandemic
But when the pandemic broke out and work became scarce, Chloe had to pack up her Bristol workshop and run the business from her mother's garage.
The mother also announced that after applying for the state's Bounce Back Loan (BBLS) program, which allows smaller businesses to access finance faster during the coronavirus outbreak, she has £ 25,000 in debt – just about that End the rental agreement for their workshop.
She said the situation is now becoming desperate and her teenage daughter is choosing not to eat to ease the financial burden.
When Meghan donned a pure white silk Givenchy gown and 15-foot veil from Givenchy's Clare Waight basement in 2018, Chloe was once again on hand to help
Chloe said, "I'm heartbroken … She doesn't communicate because she's worried. I can't cope with any more stress."
She revealed that her father even sold his car to help them financially and that they cannot move in with their parents because there is not enough space.
According to the Excluded campaign group, Chloe is one of up to three million people who did not receive government support during the coronavirus crisis.
Who is eligible for state support?
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in November that the vacation would be extended by 80 percent to the end of March after England fell into a new national lockdown.
A separate scheme for the self-employed will also provide grants equal to 80 percent of previous earnings between this month and January – twice what was previously offered.
However, a significant proportion of the self-employed, from those who have earned more than £ 50,000 to freelancers and first-time entrepreneurs, are not eligible.
Directors of limited liability companies who deal through their own business – which is often required by customers – are also not insured.
While it is a gray area for directors of limited liability companies to be technically self-employed, in recent years they have been an increasing proportion of the self-employed workforce in the UK.
Some were able to take self-leave, but found their incomes plummeted as they paid off through dividends – a tax move allowed by law.
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