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Who on earth is Misha Nonoo? And how did the 33-year-old (in the photo with husband Michael Hess) manage to catch what a former fashion employee joked was & # 39; the biggest spectacle that Rome has seen since Caesar's return

In all respects it was a remarkable guest list.

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There was American kingship in the form of the daughter Ivanka of Donald Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, the White House special adviser.

Then Hollywood royalty with pop star Katy Perry came on the arm of her Pirates Of The Caribbean action leave Orlando Bloom.

And then there was real royalty when the radiant bride rolled her pre-wedding lunch on the back of a golf cart next to a radiant Princess Eugenie, whose sister Princess Beatrice was already inside.

Who on earth is Misha Nonoo? And how did the 33-year-old (in the photo with husband Michael Hess) manage to catch what a former fashion employee joked was & # 39; the biggest spectacle that Rome has seen since Caesar's return

Who on earth is Misha Nonoo? And how did the 33-year-old (in the photo with husband Michael Hess) manage to catch what a former fashion employee joked was & # 39; the biggest spectacle that Rome has seen since Caesar's return

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, dressed in black as they arrive tonight, for the wedding of fashion designer Misha Nonoo with oil magnate Michael & # 39; Mikey & # 39; Hess in the beautiful Villa Aurelia in Rome

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, dressed in black as they arrive tonight, for the wedding of fashion designer Misha Nonoo with oil magnate Michael & # 39; Mikey & # 39; Hess in the beautiful Villa Aurelia in Rome

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, dressed in black as they arrive tonight, for the wedding of fashion designer Misha Nonoo with oil magnate Michael & # 39; Mikey & # 39; Hess in the beautiful Villa Aurelia in Rome

A chorus of cheers erupted when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived (left and right), Prince Harry wore a black tie and Meghan gold earrings with the embroidered tulle dress in black

A chorus of cheers erupted when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived (left and right), Prince Harry wore a black tie and Meghan gold earrings with the embroidered tulle dress in black

The dress, which has decorations with sequins and wrap closure, is made in Italy, but there are no longer available for sale

The dress, which has decorations with sequins and wrap closure, is made in Italy, but there are no longer available for sale

A chorus of cheers erupted when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived (left and right), Prince Harry was wearing a black tie and Meghan gold earrings with the embroidered tulle jacket in black. The dress, which has decorations with sequins and wrap closure, is made in Italy

But it was the arrival of the bride's best friend, audibly gasping from the crowd, who proved that this was undoubtedly the wedding of the year.

When the Duchess of Sussex, with a stunning £ 9,000 black Valentino dress, arrived with Prince Harry to celebrate the wedding of designer Misha Nonoo this weekend with the American oil magnate Michael Hess, it marked the crowning of the remarkable social rise of the bride at the very height of society on both sides of the Atlantic.

But who the hell is Misha Nonoo? And how did a 33-year-old whose mother was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and who, according to her own recognition, both personally and professionally & three years ago & # 39; struggled, managed to pick up what a former fashion associate joked was & # 39; the biggest spectacle that Rome has seen since Caesar's return & # 39 ;.

Misha Nonoo is seen at lunch with friends Ivanka Trump and Karlie Kloss the day after she married millionaire Michael Hess
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Misha Nonoo is seen at lunch with friends Ivanka Trump and Karlie Kloss the day after she married millionaire Michael Hess

Misha Nonoo is seen at lunch with friends Ivanka Trump and Karlie Kloss the day after she married millionaire Michael Hess

Ivanka Trump and Karlie Kloss attended the intimate lunch that was held the day after the extravagant marriage of Nonoo

Ivanka Trump and Karlie Kloss attended the intimate lunch that was held the day after the extravagant marriage of Nonoo

Ivanka Trump and Karlie Kloss attended the intimate lunch that was held the day after the extravagant marriage of Nonoo

On Friday night, Harry and Meghan, who stayed at the £ 1,200 per night Hotel Vilon in Rome, joined a galaxy of A-listers and power brokers in an exclusive villa with unparalleled views of St. Peter's Basilica for the ceremony.

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The guests, including Sir Paul McCartney and James Corden, were greeted by violinists and cellists when they arrived for the sunset ceremony on the idyllic grounds of the 17th-century Villa Aurelia.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed an open-air reception before sitting down for candlelight wedding meals in the gardens of the villa, protected from curious glances by 20ft-high walls.

Dinner was prepared by American-born British chef Ruth Rogers, who owns Michelin-starred River Café in London.

On Friday night, Harry and Meghan, who stayed at the £ 1,200 per night Hotel Vilon in Rome, joined a galaxy of A-listers and rulers in an exclusive villa with unparalleled views of St. Peter's Basilica for the ceremony

On Friday night, Harry and Meghan, who stayed at the £ 1,200 per night Hotel Vilon in Rome, joined a galaxy of A-listers and rulers in an exclusive villa with unparalleled views of St. Peter's Basilica for the ceremony

On Friday night, Harry and Meghan, who stayed at the £ 1,200 per night Hotel Vilon in Rome, joined a galaxy of A-listers and rulers in an exclusive villa with unparalleled views of St. Peter's Basilica for the ceremony

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed an open-air reception before sitting down for a candlelight wedding meal in the gardens of the villa, protected from curious glances by 20ft-high walls
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After the ceremony, guests enjoyed an open-air reception before sitting down for a candlelight wedding meal in the gardens of the villa, protected from curious glances by 20ft-high walls

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed an open-air reception before sitting down for a candlelight wedding meal in the gardens of the villa, protected from curious glances by 20ft-high walls

Harry and Meghan were smuggled out of a side entrance yesterday at 12.45 pm with guards blocking photographers when they got into a coachman with darkened windows.

The couple received full VIP treatment from the Italians, with a police escort to Leonardo da Vinci airport and the use of a special "ceremonial" terminal usually reserved for visiting heads of state.

While the celebration continued, they took a commercial flight from British Airways back to Britain last night, back home to prepare for their journey through South Africa, which starts tomorrow.

The guests, including Sir Paul McCartney (photo) and James Corden, were greeted by violinists and cellists when they arrived for the sunset ceremony on the idyllic grounds of the 17th-century Villa Aurelia
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The guests, including Sir Paul McCartney (photo) and James Corden, were greeted by violinists and cellists when they arrived for the sunset ceremony on the idyllic grounds of the 17th-century Villa Aurelia

The guests, including Sir Paul McCartney (photo) and James Corden, were greeted by violinists and cellists when they arrived for the sunset ceremony on the idyllic grounds of the 17th-century Villa Aurelia

The duke and duchess missed the sumptuous wedding party last night, an affair with the theme La Dolce Vita in the Cinecitta film studios &, where the iconic 1960 classic by Federico Fellini was made. The dress code simply stated: "Dazzling".

But their presence in Rome confirmed the event as the culmination of Mrs. Nonoo & astonishing rise from Surrey schoolgirl to social figure, whose little black booklet contains friends as powerful and diverse as Sheryl Sandberg and Madonna of Facebook.

Ms. Nonoo, an ice-cold blonde who mentions Grace Kelly as her fashion idol, is generally praised as the woman Meghan introduced to Prince Harry in the summer of 2016.

Her friendship with Meghan has put her in the spotlight and has given a huge boost to her only online fashion collection that most outside of the fashion industry had never heard of until Meghan one of the £ 175 white & # 39; Husband & # 39 ; -shirts from Misha & # 39; s for her first audience wore a performance with Harry, at the Invictus Games in 2017.

The web of connections that connects the couple with a series of A-listers of the word

The web of connections that connects the couple with a series of A-listers of the word

The web of connections that connects the couple with a series of A-listers of the word

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, wore a £ 8,900 ($ 13,500) black embroidered tulle sleeve black dress from Valentino when she arrived at the Villa Aurelia next to Prince Harry, 35, for their friend's wedding

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, wore a £ 8,900 ($ 13,500) black embroidered tulle sleeve black dress from Valentino when she arrived at the Villa Aurelia next to Prince Harry, 35, for their friend's wedding

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, wore a £ 8,900 ($ 13,500) black embroidered tulle sleeve black dress from Valentino when she arrived at the Villa Aurelia next to Prince Harry, 35, for their friend's wedding

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But a former employee says: "What you see now is the culmination of years of hard work and networking. Misha knows what she wants, is incredibly ambitious and is determined to get it. She has been like that since she first arrived in New York in her early twenties. & # 39;

Her father, Meir Nonoo, was born in Bahrain and is a Jewish-Iraqi businessman who is director of the Bahrain Finance Company.

It is unknown how Meir met Mrs. Nonoo & # 39; s mother Eva Potts who was born in Newcastle and attended Walbottle Grammar School in the city, according to her Facebook page. The family moved to England when Misha was 11 and went to the £ 45,000 per year ACS International School in Cobham, Surrey. After her A-level, she studied design for two years at the L’ecole Superieure du Commerce Exterior in Paris before joining a small fashion company in New York.

Misha Nonoo, dressed in a minimal white dress, smiles next to Princess Eugenie, dressed in a black dress, when they arrive for the wedding ceremony in Rome

Misha Nonoo, dressed in a minimal white dress, smiles next to Princess Eugenie, dressed in a black dress, when they arrive for the wedding ceremony in Rome

Misha Nonoo, dressed in a minimal white dress, smiles next to Princess Eugenie, dressed in a black dress, when they arrive for the wedding ceremony in Rome

Ivanka Trump, wearing her new short haircut, gets off a black-out SUV on Friday in a beautiful peach dress next to her husband Jared Kushner in Rome
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Ivanka Trump, wearing her new short haircut, gets off a black-out SUV on Friday in a beautiful peach dress next to her husband Jared Kushner in Rome

Ivanka Trump, wearing her new short haircut, gets off a black-out SUV on Friday in a beautiful peach dress next to her husband Jared Kushner in Rome

In New York, helped by her sharpened English accent and willow-like figure, she began to make the social connections that would blossom so spectacularly this weekend.

In 2012 she married Alexander Gilkes, the son of a dermatologist in Harley Street. Gilkes, who was a friend of both Prince Harry and Prince William in Eton, is impeccably connected. His brother Charlie once had a date with the duchess of Cambridge & # 39; s sister Pippa Middleton, and in 2013 Gilkes hired Princess Eugenie at his New York auction house.

It was Mrs. Nonoo & # 39; s chance meeting with the then Suits actress Meghan at a lunch party at the Miami Art Fair in Miami in 2013 that would change her life. "We sat next to each other for lunch and we felt like a house on fire," she said in an interview. & # 39; I love her dead. She is the coolest girl in the world. She has the most remarkable and generous spirit. & # 39;

The bride's dress is taken away as guests, including Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and James Corden arriving for the wedding of Misha Nonoo
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The bride's dress is taken away as guests, including Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and James Corden arriving for the wedding of Misha Nonoo

The bride's dress is taken away as guests, including Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and James Corden arriving for the wedding of Misha Nonoo

Singer Kate Perry and actor Orlando Bloom are coming to the wedding of fashion designer Misha Nonoo at Villa Aurelia in Rome

Singer Kate Perry and actor Orlando Bloom are coming to the wedding of fashion designer Misha Nonoo at Villa Aurelia in Rome

Singer Kate Perry and actor Orlando Bloom are coming to the wedding of fashion designer Misha Nonoo at Villa Aurelia in Rome

Katy Perry was a wedding guest on Friday after her luxurious Italian wedding in her fashion designer Misha Nonoo, after she & # 39; had enjoyed luxury shopping with her fiancée Orlando Bloom (photo arrived at the wedding together)

Katy Perry was a wedding guest on Friday after her luxurious Italian wedding in her fashion designer Misha Nonoo, after she & # 39; had enjoyed luxury shopping with her fiancée Orlando Bloom (photo arrived at the wedding together)

The 34-year-old singer effortlessly looked stylish at the glamorous wedding in a pink off-the-shoulder dress, while her Hollywood star, 42, typically looked smooth in a smart black tuxedo

The 34-year-old singer effortlessly looked stylish at the glamorous wedding in a pink off-the-shoulder dress, while her Hollywood star, 42, typically looked smooth in a smart black tuxedo

Katy Perry was a wedding guest on Friday after her luxurious Italian wedding in her fashion designer Misha Nonoo, after she & # 39; had enjoyed luxury shopping with her fiancée Orlando Bloom (photo arrived at the wedding together)

Mrs. Nonoo and Mr. Gilkes split up in 2016, and that summer Nonoo and Meghan took a three-week vacation in Europe, with London, Madrid and Mallorca. It is during this trip that Nonoo reportedly set up her old friend Prince Harry with Meghan on a blind date in the capital.

But this was also the time that Mrs. Nonoo, with her wedding on the rocks, struggled her business. After seeking advice from Facebook chief Sandberg, she restructured her company and only put it online.

Princess Beatrice watches as Poppy Jamie, a good friend of Suki Waterhouse, smiles in the Italian twilight on Friday evening

Princess Beatrice watches as Poppy Jamie, a good friend of Suki Waterhouse, smiles in the Italian twilight on Friday evening

Princess Beatrice watches as Poppy Jamie, a good friend of Suki Waterhouse, smiles in the Italian twilight on Friday evening

TV presenter James Corden, dressed in a few shades with his black dinner jacket, waves to the press when he arrives at the wedding

TV presenter James Corden, dressed in a few shades with his black dinner jacket, waves to the press when he arrives at the wedding

TV presenter James Corden, dressed in a few shades with his black dinner jacket, waves to the press when he arrives at the wedding

Karlie Kloss (left) arrived at the wedding in a black thigh-split feathered dress when she joined a star-studded guest list for designer Misha Nonoo's wedding

Karlie Kloss (left) arrived at the wedding in a black thigh-split feathered dress when she joined a star-studded guest list for designer Misha Nonoo's wedding

Karlie Kloss (left) arrived at the wedding in a black thigh-split feathered dress when she joined a star-studded guest list for designer Misha Nonoo's wedding

Guests are coming to Rome tonight for Misha Nonoo's wedding. Her partner Michael Hess comes from one of America & # 39; s richest families, with grandfather Leon, the founder of the multi-billion dollar Hess Corporation

Guests are coming to Rome tonight for Misha Nonoo's wedding. Her partner Michael Hess comes from one of America & # 39; s richest families, with grandfather Leon, the founder of the multi-billion dollar Hess Corporation

Guests are coming to Rome tonight for Misha Nonoo's wedding. Her partner Michael Hess comes from one of America & # 39; s richest families, with grandfather Leon, the founder of the multi-billion dollar Hess Corporation

She was photographed earlier this month to embrace Meghan at the launch of the Duchess Smart Set clothing line for the benefit of Smart Works, a charity that donates clothing to women entering the workplace. Mrs. Nonoo designed a white £ 125 shirt for the collection.

Her association with the duchess – and others – has proved lucrative. Her £ 2.5 million Greenwich Village apartment has appeared in the Architectural Digest magazine and an Andy Warhol portrait of the queen, a gift from her father, is in the library.

A source said: "You can't help but admire her. She is like Meghan, extremely confident, flawlessly pale. But there is a steel drive and ambition. & # 39;

Additional reporting: Andrew Young and Alex Williams

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