Misha Nonoo shares a rare glimpse of son Leo

Meghan Markle’s BFF Misha Nonoo shares a rare glimpse of son Leo as she’s pictured for the first time since release of Finding Freedom which documents the start of their friendship

  • British-Bahraini fashion designer Misha Nonoo shared snap of Leo, five months
  • Meghan’s BFF can be seen holding son Leo with her back towards the camera
  • Cut a casual figure mom jeans, trains, a strappy navy vest top and hoop earrings

Meghan Markle’s BFF Misha Nonoo has posted a rare snap of her son Leo as she’s pictured for the first time since the release of the royal’s bombshell biography, Finding Freedom.

Sharing the adorable photo to Instagram, the British-Bahraini fashion designer, known for her eponymous clothing line, can be seen holding five-month-old Leo with her back towards the camera as she dons a pair of flared mom jeans, a dark blue vest top and hoop earrings.

Misha, who cuts a casual figure in white and blue stripe trainers, appears to show her son some surrounding plants as she gently kisses the top of his head.

With her hair scraped back in a bun and Leo donning a white a light blue dungaree set, she then proceeded to write a caption about the latest ‘summer staples.’  

Meghan Markle ‘s BFF Misha Nonoo has posted a rare snap of her son Leo as she’s pictured for the first time since the release of the royal’s bombshell biography, Finding Freedom (pictured)

Meghan Markle’s BFF Misha Nonoo (pictured together in 2015) has posted a rare snap of her son Leo as she’s pictured for the first time since the release of the royal’s bombshell biography Finding Freedom

The snap comes just days after the release of bombshell biography Finding Freedom, co-authored by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, which documents the friendship of Meghan Markle and Misha Nonoo.

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 penned: ‘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.

Alongside the snap, fashion designer Misha tweeted about several types of summer staples (pictured) 

‘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 explosive 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.

‘Despite reports that Violet von Westenholz had set up the date, it was mostly Meghan’s pals Misha Nonoo and Markus Anderson who were in on the first meeting,’ wrote the authors.

It comes weeks after the fashion designer confessed to ‘massively missing her friends’ while quarantined in New York with Leo – and revealed that she ‘needs her girlfriends to have a laugh with and make light of things’ when speaking to People magazine. 

Misha and her oil heir husband Mikey Hess, 33, announced the birth of their first child Leo in March. 

The first time mother has since been making an effort to connect with friends virtually, with New York’s lockdown only having eased last month.

‘It’s very stressful not having your normal life to return to — I knew having a baby would change my life, but I never expected this,’ she told the publication. 

Misha worked with the duchess (pictured together in 2019) on her Smart Works charity clothing line, calling Meghan ‘wonderful, thoughtful and considerate’

‘I’ve massively missed seeing my friends. As soon as Leo was born we would have been in the store and seeing friends and been to London by now and, obviously, all of those plans are on hold,’ the designer added.

Visitors from America wishing to travel to the UK currently need to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. 

In the meantime, the fashion designer has been taking advantage of FaceTime, but admits ‘it’s not the same’.

‘Being a new mum, you need a support network, and I definitely miss having in-person time with my new baby and my friends,’ she explained. 

‘I miss having my girlfriends to have a laugh with and make light of things. This is a challenging and stressful and discombobulating time, but we have to look forward to the time when we can all be together.’

However, Misha said she has ‘really enjoyed’ the family time she’s been able to have, since her husband would’ve been travelling for work under normal circumstances. 

During her pregnancy, Misha told People, that the Duchess of Sussex had been sharing her advice about becoming a first-time mother. 

The designer revealed: ‘As with all friendships, you share lots of tips and everything.’

Her baby announcement came less than a year after close friend Meghan gave birth to baby Archie in May 2019.

Future friends? Misha gave birth to baby Leo less than a year after Meghan and Prince Harry welcomed baby Archie in May

Misha married her husband Mikey in a ceremony in Rome in September that was attended by Prince Harry, Meghan, Princess Eugenie, 29, and Princess Beatrice, 31 before announcing her pregnancy at the end of the year.   

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. 

Misha, who worked with the Duchess on her Smart Works charity clothing line, opened up to FEMAIL earlier this year about her friendship with the royal.

Reflecting on the experience of working together, Misha described Meghan as ‘the ultimate professional’ and very ‘considerate’ of the women the collection was helping.

‘It was such an ideal, incredibly easy collaboration,’ she said. ‘It was, from start to finish, wonderful, thoughtful, considerate, as is she.’

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