Meghan Markle’s best friends Jessica Mulroney and Daniel Martin have revealed they are also in New York after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted enjoying drinks with Misha Noonoo and Mikey Heiss at a five-star hotel.
Canadian stylist Jessica, 41, from Toronto, who was maid of honour at the Sussexes special day in 2018, showed she was in the Big Apple last night when posting an Instagram story capturing the standout lights of Times Square.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding day makeup artist Daniel Martin, who is often based in New York, is in the city after helping celebrities get ready for the Met Gala last Monday.
On Wednesday night, Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, were spotted enjoying a child-free evening in New York City‘s iconic Upper East Side Bemelmans Bar in the $1,300-a-night Carlyle Hotel.
They were joined by fashion designer and long-time friend Misha Noonoo and Mikey Heiss in the hotel’s ritzy lobby bar to kick-start their tour of the city, exclusive pictures for MailOnline showed.
Canadian stylist Jessica, 41, from Toronto, who was maid of honour at the Sussexes special day in 2018, showed she was in the Big Apple last night when posting an Instagram story capturing the standout lights of Times Square (pictured)
On Wednesday night, Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, were spotted enjoying a child-free evening in New York City’s iconic Upper East Side Bemelmans Bar in the $1,300-a-night Carlyle Hotel
Jessica has long been the Duchess of Sussex’s best friend and mentor, and was asked to be maid of honour at the royal wedding in 2018, with sources recently telling the Mail on Sunday that the two are still close pals.
Last month, an insider revealed: ‘Meghan is in regular touch with Jessica. It’s just difficult now they’re in California and Jessica’s in Toronto.’
The Carlyle Hotel: New York City’s star-studded ‘tower of power’ that once hosted Princess Diana, JFK and Michael Jackson
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are far from the first big names to grace the floors of £1,300-a-night The Carlyle Hotel in New York City.
Meghan and Harry were pictured enjoying drinks at Bemelmans, the swanky 1947 piano bar that has been frequented by Bono, Mariah Carey, John Mayer and Billy Joel.
Princess Diana was known to be a regular guest at The Carlyle, known as New York’s ‘Tower of Power’ which enjoys spectacular roof top views of Central Park.
And other royals, including Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have also stayed there in 2005 and 2014 respectively.
Designed in Art Deco style and built in 1930, today The Carlyle boasts 190 rooms and suites.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pictured arriving at The Carlyle ahead of their 2014 New York trip
A stone’s throw away from the city’s famous Madison Avenue, The Carlyle boasts of offering its elite clientele the perfect blend of ‘discretion and grace’.
The historical landmark has seen a wealth of stars, celebrities and world leaders pass through its halls over the past 80 years.
Woody Allen was known to have played clarinet in the cafe, while guests have reported brushing shoulders with Steve Jobs, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger while using the lifts.
At least six former U.S presidents called on The Carlyle as a home away from home, with insiders dubbing the luxury hotel the New York White House as a result.
President John F. Kennedy even reportedly snuck Marilyn Monroe into his 34th floor room through the service entrance and backdoors of the hotel.
It comes after the duchess stayed silent as Jessica found herself at the centre of a Black Lives Matter race row last year when she was accused of using her ‘white privilege’ against a black social media influencer.
It was reported at the time that Meghan had cut ties with her friend after influencer Sasha Exeter accused the stylist of ‘threatening her livelihood’ when she posted a Black Lives Matter call-to-action on Instagram.
Meghan remained silent when the Canadian fashion stylist was accused of ‘racist bullying’ and abusing her ‘white privilege’ to threaten the career of a black social media influencer.
Sasha alleged that Jessica ‘took personal offence’ when she asked bloggers to use their platform to advance the Black Lives Matter movement and that private messages between the pair had left her ‘paralysed with fear’.
Jessica later faced accusations that she had used Meghan as her ‘superpower,’ though denied this was the case and refused to speak about the Duchess in interviews.
A source had claimed their friendship is no longer ‘what it once was,’ adding this was not due to the fall-out with Exeter, but because they have ‘just grown apart.’
The insider added: ‘Of course, Meghan has been worried about Jess. She’ll always have love for her.’
However, Jessica – who is married to Ben, the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney – told Page Six in November that she and Meghan are ‘constantly’ in touch via FaceTime.
Another friend of Meghan’s currently in New York is makeup artiest Daniel, who is believed to have known the duchess for over a decade, having met her while the former actress worked on Suits.
He has remained in contact with the Duchess throughout her life in the royal family and was reported to still often see her.
Daniel was by Meghan’s side on her wedding day as he perfected her makeup and attended her famous baby shower in New York alongside celebrities like Gayle King and Serena Williams.
He was one of the first to visit the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they moved into Frogmore Cottage shortly before Archie’s birth.
And the makeup artist sparked rumours he could be one of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s secret godparents when he shared pictures from London in the days after the baby’s christening.
The royal also surprised Daniel in New York for his birthday in September 2019, with the makeup artist revealing the news by sharing a snap on Instagram of a plate of cupcakes.
Meanwhile, Meghan and Misha’s relationship reportedly goes back years, according to last year’s bombshell biography Finding Freedom – co-authored by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand – which documented their friendship.
It alleges how Markus Anderson, Soho Houses global membership director, provided the royal with introductions to many business and cultural elites – both in Canada and further afield.
The authors wrote, ‘At a Soho House lunch in Miami, he was the one who sat the actress next to Misha, a budding fashion designer with a vivacious personality and impeccable pedigree.
‘The occasion for the December 2014 Miami trip was Art Basel, a decadent art fair that brings the internationally rich and famous for a week of parties and events of all sorts and sizes.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding day makeup artist Daniel Martin (pictured together), who is often based in New York, is in the city after helping celebrities get ready for the Met Gala last Monday
‘Markus invited Meghan, an art lover, to stay at the epicenter of the action, Soho Beach House, to set some sun, see some art, and have some fun.
‘A perfect place to make new friends and connections, the Soho house event saw Misha and Meghan hit it off immediately.’
The biography goes on to suggest Misha and Markus were behind Meghan and Prince Harry’s first meeting.
It’s thought the Duchess’ close pals set the pair, who are now living in the US, up on a blind date in London.
Jessica (pictured left) has long been the Duchess of Sussex ’s best friend and mentor, and was asked to be maid of honour at the royal wedding in 2018, with sources recently telling the Mail on Sunday that the two are still close pals
The Duchess has continued to support her friend by wearing Misha Nonoo styles over the years and donned the famous ‘Boyfriend shirt’ for her first appearance alongside Prince Harry, and also wore another of Misha’s designs for her final day of meetings in the UK before stepping back from royal duties.
Harry and Meghan arrived Wednesday night with an entourage of tens of cars and about 20 guards. They pulled up with tens of cars and about 20 guards.
Onlookers watched as their hired muscle took over tables around them as they tried to blend in while they sipped pre-dinner cocktails and chatted with Nonoo and her oil baron husband Hess.