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Meet the royal wedding guest braggers revelling in the chance for a little self-publicity: From the woman who made Meghan famous and the Californian cake maker to the not-so subtle hints from Suits star at the palace

By Alison Boshoff and Claire Cisotti for the Daily Mail

Published: 18:05 EDT, 17 May 2018 | Updated: 20:10 EDT, 17 May 2018

We’re here! With a flurry of ‘Look-at-me-in-London!’ posts on social media, Meghan Markle’s friends have arrived for her wedding tomorrow. The coterie of actors, fashion designers and socialites have been unable to resist the temptation to boast about their roles at the Royal Wedding, and her florist, cakemaker and photographer are in on the act, too.

ALISON BOSHOFF reports on the guests making a grab for the spotlight . . .

The woman who made Meghan famous 

As any wannabe actress knows, you’re only as good as your agent.

Meghan may have dropped her acting career when she found her prince, but she still has time for the woman who made her famous.

Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, 52, who has already given a lengthy interview about her former client, excitedly posted this picture of ‘gorgeous wedding shoes’ on Wednesday night, leading one friend to exclaim: ‘I know where you’re going to be!’

In her interview, Mrs Nelthorpe-Cowne, pictured with Meghan, described the bride-to-be as ‘warm and genuine’ and said that she and Harry had made the promise: ‘We’re going to change the world together.’ 

Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, 52, who has already given a lengthy interview about her former client, excitedly posted this picture of ‘gorgeous wedding shoes’ on Wednesday night, leading one friend to exclaim: ‘I know where you’re going to be!’
Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, 52, who has already given a lengthy interview about her former client, excitedly posted this picture of ‘gorgeous wedding shoes’ on Wednesday night, leading one friend to exclaim: ‘I know where you’re going to be!’

Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, 52, who has already given a lengthy interview about her former client, excitedly posted this picture of ‘gorgeous wedding shoes’ on Wednesday night, leading one friend to exclaim: ‘I know where you’re going to be!’

In her interview, Mrs Nelthorpe-Cowne, pictured with Meghan, described the bride-to-be as ‘warm and genuine’ and said that she and Harry had made the promise: ‘We’re going to change the world together’ (Mrs Nelthorpe-Cowne shared this image on her Instagram)
In her interview, Mrs Nelthorpe-Cowne, pictured with Meghan, described the bride-to-be as ‘warm and genuine’ and said that she and Harry had made the promise: ‘We’re going to change the world together’ (Mrs Nelthorpe-Cowne shared this image on her Instagram)

In her interview, Mrs Nelthorpe-Cowne, pictured with Meghan, described the bride-to-be as ‘warm and genuine’ and said that she and Harry had made the promise: ‘We’re going to change the world together’ (Mrs Nelthorpe-Cowne shared this image on her Instagram)

Her TV pal with a very posh frock 

Actress Sarah Rafferty, 45, who played legal secretary Donna Paulsen alongside Meghan in the legal drama Suits, has also been dropping broad hints on social media about her weekend plans — and what she’ll be wearing.

Recently in Paris with her family, she Instagrammed a picture of herself trying on a strapless fuchsia pink dress at Lanvin, with the artistic director standing beaming behind her (no doubt thinking just what the publicity would do for his brand). Rafferty wrote: ‘Had to Irish jig while playing closet with my favourite Parisians.’

Yesterday she was pictured in a more casual look, posing for pictures with her children outside Buckingham Palace . . . which no doubt will appear in due course on Instagram.

Actress Sarah Rafferty, 45, who played legal secretary Donna Paulsen alongside Meghan in the legal drama Suits, has also been dropping broad hints on social media about her weekend plans — and what she’ll be wearing
Actress Sarah Rafferty, 45, who played legal secretary Donna Paulsen alongside Meghan in the legal drama Suits, has also been dropping broad hints on social media about her weekend plans — and what she’ll be wearing

Actress Sarah Rafferty, 45, who played legal secretary Donna Paulsen alongside Meghan in the legal drama Suits, has also been dropping broad hints on social media about her weekend plans — and what she’ll be wearing

Reality star shows off Jimmy Choos

Millie Mackintosh, the former Made In Chelsea star whose fashion line recently folded, struck up a friendship with Meghan after they were introduced by mutual friends while on holiday.

Ms Mackintosh, 28, spent time with Meghan at the celebrity haunt Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, where they were pictured on bicycles together — and has been rumoured to have helped Meghan adapt to London life.

On Wednesday night she posted a glittering and distinctly wedding ready Jimmy Choo shoe — a hint many took to mean she’ll be wearing them to Windsor at the weekend.

Millie Mackintosh, the former Made In Chelsea star whose fashion line recently folded, struck up a friendship with Meghan after they were introduced by mutual friends while on holiday
Millie Mackintosh, the former Made In Chelsea star whose fashion line recently folded, struck up a friendship with Meghan after they were introduced by mutual friends while on holiday
Millie Mackintosh, the former Made In Chelsea star whose fashion line recently folded, struck up a friendship with Meghan after they were introduced by mutual friends while on holiday
Millie Mackintosh, the former Made In Chelsea star whose fashion line recently folded, struck up a friendship with Meghan after they were introduced by mutual friends while on holiday

Millie Mackintosh, the former Made In Chelsea star whose fashion line recently folded, struck up a friendship with Meghan after they were introduced by mutual friends while on holiday

'Right-hand man' doing her makeup 

Meghan’s favourite make-up artist Daniel Martin — the man tipped to be doing her face for the big day — posted this coy shot yesterday on his Instagram of him en route to a mysterious but seemingly important destination in an Uber car complete with his name.

He’s previously posted several pictures of Meghan on his Instagram (including her dancing and applying lipgloss) and she’s referred to him as her ‘right-hand man’ who is ‘essential in my life’.

Known for his fondness for Japanese blotting papers to keep any pesky shine at bay, Daniel, right, also boasts Jessica Alba, Alexa Chung and actress Elizabeth Moss as clients — a solid clientele, but not quite in the upper echelons of Hollywood.

No doubt the Royal Wedding could change all that.

Meghan’s favourite make-up artist Daniel Martin — the man tipped to be doing her face for the big day — posted this coy shot yesterday on his Instagram of him en route to a mysterious but seemingly important destination in an Uber car complete with his name
Meghan’s favourite make-up artist Daniel Martin — the man tipped to be doing her face for the big day — posted this coy shot yesterday on his Instagram of him en route to a mysterious but seemingly important destination in an Uber car complete with his name

Meghan’s favourite make-up artist Daniel Martin — the man tipped to be doing her face for the big day — posted this coy shot yesterday on his Instagram of him en route to a mysterious but seemingly important destination in an Uber car complete with his name

Not-so subtle hints from Suits star at the palace

Gabriel Macht is the biggest star in Suits (well, he was until Meghan Markle started dating Prince Harry) and he is in London with his actress wife Jacinda Barrett for the wedding.

Macht plays Harvey Specter, the managing partner of a law firm, a win-at-all costs alpha male. On Wednesday afternoon Macht, 46, uploaded a shot of himself cuddling up to Jacinda in Hyde Park. He wrote: ‘Yesterday #london #hydepark Today #guess.’

Ms Barrett also took to Instagram to show off her presence in the capital. Sharing a picture of herself with Gabriel (above) she wrote: ‘Hanging in Hyde Park. Loving our time in #london’.

She also uploaded pictures (left) of herself kissing son Luca, four, ‘in front of the Queen’ (really just in front of Buckingham Palace) on Sunday, and strolling down a London street. She seems keen everyone is aware the family is in town for the Royal Wedding.

Gabriel Macht is the biggest star in Suits (well, he was until Meghan Markle started dating Prince Harry) and he is in London with his actress wife Jacinda Barrett for the wedding
Gabriel Macht is the biggest star in Suits (well, he was until Meghan Markle started dating Prince Harry) and he is in London with his actress wife Jacinda Barrett for the wedding

Gabriel Macht is the biggest star in Suits (well, he was until Meghan Markle started dating Prince Harry) and he is in London with his actress wife Jacinda Barrett for the wedding

Macht plays Harvey Specter, the managing partner of a law firm, a win-at-all costs alpha male. On Wednesday afternoon Macht, 46, uploaded a shot of himself cuddling up to Jacinda in Hyde Park. He wrote: ‘Yesterday #london #hydepark Today #guess’
Macht plays Harvey Specter, the managing partner of a law firm, a win-at-all costs alpha male. On Wednesday afternoon Macht, 46, uploaded a shot of himself cuddling up to Jacinda in Hyde Park. He wrote: ‘Yesterday #london #hydepark Today #guess’

Macht plays Harvey Specter, the managing partner of a law firm, a win-at-all costs alpha male. On Wednesday afternoon Macht, 46, uploaded a shot of himself cuddling up to Jacinda in Hyde Park. He wrote: ‘Yesterday #london #hydepark Today #guess’

Ms Barrett also took to Instagram to show off her presence in the capital. Sharing a picture of herself with Gabriel (above) she wrote: ‘Hanging in Hyde Park. Loving our time in #london’

Her (very) over-excited co-star  

Rick Hoffman, who plays the sneaky anti-hero Louis Litt in Suits, shared a video clip on Instagram.

He said: ‘Just checking in with you, just finishing up my portion of episode 804 and then heading east for some special event and I’m very excited about that’ — prompting his followers to excitedly post ‘he’s going!’ He also Instagrammed a picture of a beautiful dawn as he came in to land in the UK yesterday. Subtle, he ain’t.

Rick Hoffman, who plays the sneaky anti-hero Louis Litt in Suits, shared a video clip on Instagram
Rick Hoffman, who plays the sneaky anti-hero Louis Litt in Suits, shared a video clip on Instagram

Rick Hoffman, who plays the sneaky anti-hero Louis Litt in Suits, shared a video clip on Instagram

Socialite who played Cupid

Misha Nonoo, a New York based socialite and fashion designer, who is said to have played cupid for Meghan with Prince Harry (he was at school with her ex-husband and they are firm friends), is also in town.

Nonoo, 31, posted this monochrome picture of herself on Instagram walking on a distinctively London street.

Meghan and Misha spent three weeks in Europe together in 2016 with Soho House executive Markus Anderson. This was when she met Harry.

Misha Nonoo, a New York based socialite and fashion designer, who is said to have played cupid for Meghan with Prince Harry (he was at school with her ex-husband and they are firm friends), is also in town
Misha Nonoo, a New York based socialite and fashion designer, who is said to have played cupid for Meghan with Prince Harry (he was at school with her ex-husband and they are firm friends), is also in town

Misha Nonoo, a New York based socialite and fashion designer, who is said to have played cupid for Meghan with Prince Harry (he was at school with her ex-husband and they are firm friends), is also in town

Meghan and Misha spent three weeks in Europe together in 2016 with Soho House executive Markus Anderson. This was when she met Harry
Meghan and Misha spent three weeks in Europe together in 2016 with Soho House executive Markus Anderson. This was when she met Harry

Meghan and Misha spent three weeks in Europe together in 2016 with Soho House executive Markus Anderson. This was when she met Harry

Her Californian cakemaker 

Claire Ptak, the Californian baker and blogger who is to make the royal wedding cake, has also been trumpeting her involvement.

Ms Ptak, who runs the Violet Bakery in London, has confirmed that she is making a trendy lemon and elderflower sponge cake for the couple. She Instagrammed a picture of six boxes of lemons on Monday with the caption: ‘And so it begins.’

A few hours later she shared an image of a beautiful cream coloured cake, decorated with peonies, which are Ms Markle’s favourite flower. Is this a layer of the actual cake which will be served to 600 guests on Saturday? It seems it might be.

Claire Ptak, the Californian baker and blogger who is to make the royal wedding cake, has also been trumpeting her involvement
Claire Ptak, the Californian baker and blogger who is to make the royal wedding cake, has also been trumpeting her involvement

Claire Ptak, the Californian baker and blogger who is to make the royal wedding cake, has also been trumpeting her involvement

Ms Ptak, who runs the Violet Bakery in London, has confirmed that she is making a trendy lemon and elderflower sponge cake for the couple. She Instagrammed a picture of six boxes of lemons on Monday with the caption: ‘And so it begins’
Ms Ptak, who runs the Violet Bakery in London, has confirmed that she is making a trendy lemon and elderflower sponge cake for the couple. She Instagrammed a picture of six boxes of lemons on Monday with the caption: ‘And so it begins’

Ms Ptak, who runs the Violet Bakery in London, has confirmed that she is making a trendy lemon and elderflower sponge cake for the couple. She Instagrammed a picture of six boxes of lemons on Monday with the caption: ‘And so it begins’

The florist in full bloom 

Florist Philippa Craddock posted this picture of herself on Thursday with the caption: ‘With John, Keeper of Gardens (the most charming chap you could ever meet) in Savill Gardens at Windsor Great Park yesterday, finalising the greenery ahead of Saturday . . . thank you so much John and your team for all your help over the last few weeks xx.’ Showing the world, rather indiscreetly, exactly what greenery the bride would be having.

On Monday Craddock wrote: ‘Taking a quiet moment in the garden before I head into town to start a marathon of a week ahead, it is such an exciting week.’

Florist Philippa Craddock posted this picture of herself on Thursday
Florist Philippa Craddock posted this picture of herself on Thursday

Florist Philippa Craddock posted this picture of herself on Thursday

The dishy wedding snapper

He’s the handsome photographer propelled to fame after taking Harry and Meghan’s engagement shots — so no wonder Alexi Lubomirski couldn’t wait to tell the world he’s arrived for an even bigger gig.

He posted this (rather amateurish) picture of a field along with the caption ‘landed in the UK’ to his 170,000 followers . . . and was promptly swamped with adulation. ‘Can’t wait to see how you capture this history. You deserve to be there — such a talent’, one wrote, while another put ‘Go get ‘em Tiger’. It’s fitting he’s broadcasting his movements on Instagram as he says he got the gig in the first place thanks to the social media site: ‘One of Meghan’s friends saw on Instagram that I was in England during the announcement of the engagement and said to her, “You should meet Alexi. He’s great.” ’

English-born Alexi got his big break as an assistant to Diana’s favourite photographer Mario Testino, making contact with a host of celebrities.

English-born Alexi got his big break as an assistant to Diana’s favourite photographer Mario Testino, making contact with a host of celebrities
English-born Alexi got his big break as an assistant to Diana’s favourite photographer Mario Testino, making contact with a host of celebrities

English-born Alexi got his big break as an assistant to Diana’s favourite photographer Mario Testino, making contact with a host of celebrities

 


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