Misha Nonoo reveals her close pal Meghan Markle 'hasn't changed' since becoming a Duchess - and is never too busy to remember birthdays or check in with her friends
- Misha Nonoo, 31, said her close pal, 38, has 'never change' since becoming royal
- New-York based designer created white shirt in Meghan's 'Smart Works' range
- Royal got her on board after saying collection is 'all about empowering women'
Meghan's Markle's close friend Misha Nonoo has revealed the Duchess has 'not changed as a friend' since marrying Prince Harry.
The designer, 31, from New York, who is believed to have set the former actress up on her first date with the Duke of Sussex, has spoken out about her friendship with the royal for the first time.
‘From when I first met her, to a text that I would send yesterday or today, nothing has ever changed. Nothing,' she said, in an interview with the New York Times.
‘From, you know, the handwritten thank-you letters that you receive, to never missing a birthday, an occasion, checking in. You may think because someone’s so busy that they’re not there, but that has never changed, how genuinely thoughtful she is.’
Misha Nonoo has revealed her close friend Meghan Markle hasn't changed since becoming a Duchess. Pictured, the designer attends 13th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 7, 2016 in New York
The Duchess of Sussex hugs designer Misha Nonoo at the launch the Smart Works capsule collection at John Lewis in Oxford Street, London
Misha turned up to support her close pal when she launched the new 'Smart Works' capsule collection in London on Friday - which marked her first royal engagement since giving birth to Archie in May.
The range includes a Marks & Spencer shift dress available in blue and black, a John Lewis tote bag in tan and black, a Jigsaw jacket, Jigsaw trousers and a $155 (£125) white shirt by her matchmaking pal - which the royal opted to wear for the launch.
Speaking to the publication, the designer told how Meghan first got her on board for her charity high-street range.
'She said, you know, “I am going to become royal patron of a charity that I think is right up your alley. It’s all about empowering women,' explained Misha.
Meghan opted to wear the $155 (£125) white shirt by her matchmaking pal Misha Nonoo at the launch of her charity high-street range. Pictured together
Join the Smart Set like Meghan in a white shirt by Misha Nonoo
The Duchess of Sussex's Smart Set capsule collection has just landed online, and of course Meghan chose to model some of the pieces at the launch event in London.
She collaborated with Jigsaw, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Misha Nonoo to create a trouser suit, dress and tote bag. But of course no Meghan collection would be complete without one of her signature shirts!
This is a take on the Misha Nonoo shirt that she wore at The Invictus Games way back in September 2017, and it's typical of her sophisticated style. Add in the Jigsaw trousers from the collection, a tan leather belt by Polo Ralph Lauren and matching Manolo Blahnik heels, and this is a look we want to copy.
Click (right) to buy the shirt. For every item purchased, one is donated to Smart Works, the charity that helps women get back into work.
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Meghan's friendship with Nonoo goes back years, meeting through a mutual friend in Miami and quickly becoming close
'It’s all about professional women, women getting back into the work force, and I haven’t figured out what we’re going to do yet, but I would really like for you to be a part of what we do,” And I said, "Great! I love you and I will absolutely do this."'
She went on to say how she was never worried about the items in the collection as they were all designed to Meghan's taste and messaging - something she says she trusts 'implicitly.'
Taking to Instagram after, Misha showed her appreciation and commented on a picture posted by the Sussex Royal account.
She penned: 'It has been such an honor to participate in such a meaningful cause. Thank you sincerely for involving our business in the Smart Works mission.'
And just last week, the designer defended her pal against what she described as 'unjust' public criticism during an interview with the Today show.
'I think [the criticism of Meghan] is unjust, and I think that people should really focus on the good work [she and Prince Harry] do,' Misha said, after being asked about the public controversies that have plagued the royal couple over the past few months.
The Duchess of Sussex launched the Smart Works capsule collection at John Lewis in Oxford Street, London on Friday