With just days to go before the wedding, Meghan’s glamorous posse of friends have begun arriving in London.
Best friend Jessica Mulroney and her daughter Ivy, four – who will a bridesmaid at the wedding – on Saturday – were snapped shopping near Kensington Palace today, after landing with her family at Heathrow this morning.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s rumoured matchmaker Misha Nonoo has also arrived in London, sharing a black-and-white snap of herself in the capital captioned ‘#womnonthego’.
Meanwhile, Meghan’s former co-stars are also making their way across the Atlantic, with Suits actor Rick Hoffman revealing on Instagram that he was heading east for a ‘special event’.
Fellow Suits actor Gabriel Macht and wife Jacinda Barrett, who also starred in the show, arrived in London over the weekend.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s rumoured matchmaker Misha Nonoo has touched down in London ahead of the royal wedding on Saturday
Meghan’s friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney was spotted in Kensington ahead of the wedding, along with four-year-old daughter Ivy, who was named today as a bridesmaid
Meghan’s best friend Jessica, 38, was snapped landing at Heathrow Airport with her husband Ben and their children earlier this morning.
Later in the afternoon, Jessica and daughter Ivy were dropped off near Kensington High Street, fuelling speculation that the family, who live in Toronto, could be staying at nearby Kensington Palace ahead of the wedding.
Mother-of-three Jessica betrayed no hint of jet lag with her fresh-faced appearance and perfectly-coiffed hair – while her adorable daughter wore the same yellow jacket she arrived in this morning.
Their appearance came after Kensington Palace announced this morning that Jessica’s children Ivy, four, and twins Brian and John, both seven, would be among Meghan’s bridesmaids and page boys on Saturday.
Meghan’s married Suits co-stars Gabriel Macht and wife Jacinda Barrett have been sharing snaps from London, after arriving over the weekend. They are pictured here in Hyde Park
Another Suits actor, Rick Hoffman, revealed on Instagram that he was heading east for a ‘special event’
Jessica – once dubbed ‘the Gwyneth Paltrow of Toronto’ – runs a bridal store and is rumoured to have helped Meghan design her gown.
The palace had previously revealed that Meghan would not be having adult bridesmaids, although both Jessica and Misha had been widely tipped to take on the role.
Misha, who was previously married to Prince William and Harry’s friend Alexander Gilkes, has had a busy months so far, attending the Met Gala in New York last week.
She also hosted a dinner party at the Ivy Chelsea Garden in London at the end of last month to celebrate her clothing collection, although Meghan was nowhere to be seen.
Misha, who counts Pippa Middleton among her fans, met Meghan years ago after being seated next to one another during a lunch in Miami, and was previously credited for setting up Meghan and Harry.
Misha (pictured with Meghan in 2015) is one of Meghan’s closest friends, and is widely credited for setting her up with Prince Harry
Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney had been widely tipped to be her maid of honour
In the summer of 2016, Meghan and Misha took a three-week holiday in Europe, encompassing London, Madrid, Mallorca and Formentera – along with an executive from the Soho House group of private members’ clubs, Markus Anderson.
It was widely believed that the fashion designer took the opportunity to connect Meghan and Harry during that holiday, as she had long been friends with him and Prince William via her then-husband, who was at Eton with them.
Meanwhile, Jessica and Meghan’s friendship has gone from strength to strength since Meghan, then a young ingenue, moved to Toronto in 2011 to play Rachel Zane in the TV show Suits.
The two friends holidayed together in Positano on the Amalfi coast in August 2016, one of Meghan’s last jaunts as a single woman before her engagement.
She introduced Meghan to her social circle, which included Canada’s First Lady Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
WHO IS MISHA NONOO?
Born in Bahrain, her father is an Iraqi businessman, her mother is English.
The family moved to the UK when she was 11 and she attended the ACS International school in Cobham (where full boarding and tuition fees are now a stonking £45,560 a year).
She then spent two years in Paris, before taking a job in a small tailoring firm in New York.
She has said that she wanted to be a clothes designer since she was 11 years old. Within ten years, she had achieved that ambition via a fashion collection — initially only of jackets and coats.
A few seasons later, she had been dubbed ‘one to watch’ in New York, with Gossip Girl star Blake Lively wearing her clothes in Vogue magazine, and actress Kirsten Dunst being an early fan.
Influential stylist Olivia Palermo has championed her, and happily Palermo is also a pal of Meghan’s.
Nonoo’s stellar social profile in New York did her professional success no harm, and this was partly founded on her marriage to Old Etonian Alexander Gilkes.
He rose from beginnings at the luxury concierge service Quintessentially to work for the LVMH luxury goods group, before moving into art and auctions.
Misha’s 2012 wedding to Gilkes, the son of a wealthy dermatologist, was a three-day bash in a 16th-century castle in Venice, with a live performance by singer Lana Del Rey.
Given that Meghan said this week that she knew almost nothing about Prince Harry before she met him, it’s interesting to note that Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice attended the Gilkes-Nonoo wedding in 2012.
Not only that, Meghan’s ‘sister’ Misha also went to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton the year before. So it’s not as though Meghan was entirely a stranger to the young royal set.
And in the summer of 2012, Gilkes hosted Pippa Middleton at the couple’s Manhattan townhouse when she was on a trip to the city.
All of the Middletons are pals with Gilkes — his nightclub entrepreneur brother Charlie once dated Pippa. Also, in 2013, Gilkes employed Princess Eugenie at his New York-based art auction house, Paddle8.
Eugenie and Misha became chums, and the Princess is a regular at her Fashion Week parties.
Jessica – formerly known as Jessica Brownstein – came from a privileged background as a member of Canada’s Browns shoes dynasty, worth £50million.
She attended an exclusive all-girls’ school, before studying industrial relations and economics at McGill University. She then launched a business importing lingerie.
After a successful career as a stylist – with her own TV slot – and wedding planner, she was propelled to the A-list in 2008 after marrying Brian Mulroney’s eldest son.
Jessica and Meghan are said to have bonded over a passion for yoga, Pilates, dogs and philanthropy – and Meghan calls herself as ‘Aunty Meg’ to the children.
Meghan and Prince Harry are said to have sought refuge at Jessica’s house when news of their relationship broke.
Jessica betrayed no hint of jet lag with her fresh-faced appearance and perfectly-coiffed hair as she popped into Marks & Spencer this afternoon
It comes after Kensington Palace announced that Jessica’s children Ivy, four, and twins Brian and John, both seven, (pictured) will be among Meghan’s bridesmaids and page boys
Then last September, as engagement speculation grew, Jessica was in a box with Meghan and her mother Doria for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games.
Harry joined them for the final 20 minutes of the show, standing arm in arm with Meghan and planting a kiss on her check as they watched Bryan Adams sing.
Jessica and Misha are not the only glamorous friends of Meghan to have arrived in the UK ahead of the wedding on Saturday.
Married Suits co-stars Gabriel Macht, who plays Harvey on the show, and Jacinda Barrett, who played Zoe, have been sharing snaps from London this week.
On Sunday, Jacinda, 45, shared a sweet snap of herself receiving a kiss from her four-year-old son Luca outside Buckingham Palace.
Earlier today, Gabriel, 46, posted a picture of himself and Jacinda in Hyde Park on his Instagram page.
Who are the four page boys and six bridesmaids for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding?
Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have six bridesmaids and four pageboys at the wedding. Here is the full list:
Kate with Princess Charlotte after Pippa Middleton’s wedding in May last year
Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (aged three)
The middle child and only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has made a name for herself for her royal confidence despite being just three years old.
It was Charlotte – Harry’s niece – who led the way into the Lindo Wing to meet new baby brother Prince Louis, giving a regal wave as she went.
Her parents have told how the fourth in line to the throne rules the roost, saying she is ‘very sweet’ but also feisty.
Miss Florence van Cutsem (aged three – goddaughter of Prince Harry, daughter of Mrs Alice van Cutsem and Major Nicholas van Cutsem)
Three-year-old Florence is Prince Harry’s goddaughter, and the daughter of his long-standing family friend Major Nicholas van Cutsem and Alice van Cutsem.
Major van Cutsem, a major with the Household Cavalry’s Life Guards, has been a friend of Harry and William’s since childhood.
Remi and Ryan Litt are aged six and seven
Miss Remi Litt (aged six – goddaughter of Meghan Markle, daughter of Mrs Benita Litt and Mr Darren Litt)
Remi Litt is the six-year-old daughter of Meghan’s close friend Benita Litt and her husband Darren Litt.
Meghan is Remi’s godmother and in a since deleted Instagram post, the actress shared a picture of herself with the family – including her two ‘fairy god-daughters’ – showing them happily posing in front of a Christmas tree after spending the holidays together in 2016.
Benita runs her own brand agency under her name where she helps others to start businesses.
Miss Rylan Litt (aged seven – goddaughter of Meghan Markle, daughter of Mrs Benita Litt and Mr Darren Litt)
Meghan’s other goddaughter is seven years old and Benita Litt’s oldest child.
Ivy is the four-year-old youngest child of Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney
Miss Ivy Mulroney (aged four – daughter of Mrs Jessica Mulroney and Mr Benedict Mulroney)
Ivy is the four-year-old youngest child of Meghan’s stylist and best friend Jessica Mulroney.
The youngster’s name is actually Isabel Veronica but she is nicknamed Ivy.
Jessica Mulroney runs a bridal store in Toronto, where Meghan used to film Suits, and is said to have helped the bride choose her wedding gown.
She is married to Ben Mulroney – son of former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.
Miss Zalie Warren (aged two – goddaughter of Prince Harry, daughter of Mrs Zoe Warren and Mr Jake Warren)
Zalie is the youngest of the bridesmaids at just two years old.
She is another of Harry’s goddaughters and the daughter of one of his best friends, Jake Warren and Mr Warren’s wife Zoe.
The Warren family are closely connected to the royals through horse-racing. Jake’s father John Warren is the Queen’s racing manager.
The father-and-son team run Highclere Stud in Newbury together.
His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge (aged four)
Prince George goes to meet his new baby brother at hospital in London on April 27
Prince George, who is four, is third in line to the throne and a future king.
William and Kate’s eldest child is said to be shyer than his younger sister Charlotte, and the duke has told how his son loves helicopters, flying and is obsessed with all things police-related.
Like Charlotte, George is rarely seen in public. The duke and duchess try to ensure their children are protected from media intrusion.
But the pair have appeared at key royal events such as the annual Trooping the Colour parade, and have joined William and Kate on official overseas tours.
Jasper Dyer is a godson of Prince Harry’s
Master Jasper Dyer (aged six – godson of Prince Harry, son of Mrs Amanda Dyer and Mr Mark Dyer MVO)
Six-year-old Jasper Dyer is also a godson of Harry’s and the son of his trusted mentor Mark Dyer and Mr Dyer’s wife Amanda.
Former Welsh Guards office Mr Dyer has been a key father figure to the prince since childhood.
A former equerry to the Prince of Wales, he was entrusted by Charles to keep an eye on Harry.
The pair travelled together in Harry’s gap year and he inspired the prince’s charity work in Lesotho, southern Africa, after arranging Harry’s first ever stay in the country.
Master Brian Mulroney and Master John Mulroney (both aged seven – sons of Mrs Jessica Mulroney and Mr Benedict Mulroney)
The fraternal twin sons of Jessica and Ben Mulroney are seven years old – and older siblings to Ivy Mulroney.
In an interview with thestar.com in 2014, Mrs Mulroney described how the boys were best friends.
‘Ben was at the MMVAs (iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards) and John did something really sweet,’ she said. ‘He hugged Brian from behind and said, ‘Brian, you make me great’. ‘
The article described the children, who had two nannies, as ‘incredibly well-behaved’.
Brian and John Mulroney are Jessica and Ben Mulroney’s twin seven-year-olds