Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined fashion designer Misha Nonoo and her oil tycoon husband Mikey Hess for a fancy night out at New York’s Bemelmans Bar
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry enjoyed a glam night out in the Big Apple with the woman credited with setting them up.
Matchmaker Misha Nonoo joined the couple for a night of cocktails and delicious food at Bemelmans Bar, which is part of New Year’s in the £1,300-a-night Carlyle Hotel.
The fashion designed was reportedly responsible for setting the US actress and British prince up on a blind date in London in July, 2016.
Meghan and Misha have been pals since 2014, when they met at an art fair called Art Basel in Miami, and later “danced the night away and sipped cocktails”.
Meghan described her friend as “chic, badass, and cut from the cloth of those who don’t take themselves too seriously”, and she and Harry flew to Rome for her wedding to oil tycoon husband Mikey Hess in 2019.
The Sussexes brought a huge team of security with them for the evening, with witnesses saying there were about 10 cars and 20 guards.
Joined by Misha’s husband Mikey , the group spend about three hours enjoying martinis before leaving through the back door, reports MailOnline.
The bar has an entire martini menu, with the cheapest coming in at $22 which is about £16. The priciest, Elaine’s Smokey Martini, contains Ki No Bi Gin, Lagavulin 16, Noilly Prat and will set you back $35.
The bar, which offers live music from a group of talented pianists, is a popular hangout in the area with an impressive history.
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Its website states: “A favorite neighborhood bar of Upper East Siders and visitors alike, Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle is a special hideaway where artist and author Ludwig Bemelmans’ whimsical drawings come to life.
“Best remembered for his beloved Madeline series of classic children’s books, Bemelmans was commissioned in 1947 to paint the large-scale murals to depict all four seasons infamed Central Park. In exchange for his work, he and his family received accommodations in the hotel for a year and a half.
“Restored in 2002 by legendary designer Thierry Despont, the bar maintains its Art Deco legacy with chocolate-brown leather banquettes, nickel-trimmed black glass tabletops, a dramatic black granite bar and a 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling.
“Featuring the only surviving Bemelmans’ commission open to the public, the bar combines wit and coziness in unique NewYork style.”
Meghan and Harry are in New York for a number of engagements, kicking off the trip with a visit to One World Trade Center yesterday afternoon.
They dressed all in black and held hands as they met with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray and their son, Dante.
As they posed for pictures on the observation deck, Meghan was asked if she was enjoying her visit to New York and she replied: “It’s wonderful to be back, thank you.”
Once the meeting was over, Harry and Meghan clutched each other’s hands as they walked to the 9/11 Memorial nearby.
There they could be seen reflecting next to one of the memorial pools and looking at the names of some of those killed in the 9/11 terror attacks 20 years ago that are inscribed in the pools.
After paying their respects, it is reported that the couple then went to the 9/11 Museum, where they spent some time inside before leaving.
The engagement is the first time Meghan has been seen in public since giving birth to daughter Lilibet in June while the trip also marks the couple’s first-ever joint visit to New York City.
Page Six reports Meghan and Harry are believed to have travelled to New York alone and their children two-year-old Archie and three-month-old Lilibet are staying at home in California.
The couple will stay on in NYC until at least Saturday when they will appear at the Global Citizen Live event in Central Park.
At the event, they will “continue their urgent work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equity to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere”.
The event organisers call them “two of the strongest voices on vaccine equity”.