The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have never revealed their son Archie’s godparents, but it could be PR guru Isabel May, according to Vanity Fair.
Izzy May, 40, who lives in West London, was introduced to Meghan, 38, by mutual friend Markus Anderson, a director at the A-list members’ club Soho House – who arranged Meghan and Prince Harry’s first dates together.
And while notoriously private couple Prince Harry, 34, and his wife refused to make the godparents public following the ceremony at the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday July 6, Vanity Fair may have let slip the chosen ones.
In a piece discussing the launch of Meghan’s charity ‘Smart Works’ high-street collection in London yesterday, Vanity Fair penned: ‘There to support her was her close friend and Archie’s godmother Isabel May, who had a front row seat along with Misha.’
PR guru Isabel May turned up to support Meghan Markle at the launch of the Smart Works capsule collection at John Lewis in Oxford Street in London yesterday
Isabel May donned a lemon-coloured dress as she was spotted linking arms with Markus Anderson as she arrived at Archie’s Christening on July 5, 2019
It continued: ‘The Duchess stayed for the hour-long engagement and was happy to mingle with guests for a short period afterwards before telling one group of women who use Smart Works that she had to get home— it was time to feed Archie.’
It is believed that Isabel quietly became the Duchess of Sussex’s closest confidante since she moved to Britain two years ago.
The former Burberry director of communications even attended the Royal couple’s wedding last May.
She was seated in the second row on the bride’s side – in front of Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey and the Clooneys – perhaps signifying her closeness to Meghan.
A source told the Mail On Sunday: ‘Izzy is one of Meghan’s dearest and closest friends and she values her friendship so very much. Izzy keeps their relationship really quiet and very much under the radar.
Jennie Segal, Aliyya Stude and Isabel at the ‘Party Girls Die in Pearls’ book launch at Burberry Houston at The Galleria on May 15, 2017 in Houston, Texas
Shortly after the launch, Vanity Fair penned: ‘There to support [Meghan] was her close friend and Archie’s godmother Isabel May’ (pictured)
‘The time they spend together is private. She helped Meghan adjust to life in London when she moved here from Canada. Meghan relied on her a lot. They are just like any two young female friends. They totally support one another and enjoy lots of social activities together.’
Isabel, who was studied history at Sussex University, joined London-based PR agency Freuds in 2001. Among her clients was Soho House, which resulted in her close friendship to Markus Anderson.
In 2011 she was appointed head of communications for Burberry – the fashion brand that has employed Beckham’s sons Romeo and Brooklyn – and last year moved to the former England captain’s company DB Ventures, where she is chief marketing officer.
Isabel May, from the US, was former Burberry director of communications
Under Church of England rules, the details of all baptisms, including the baby’s godparents, are a matter of public record and can be obtained easily for a small fee.
But details of Archie’s baptism are being kept in a separate ‘register held privately by the royal household on behalf of the Crown’, which is not accessible to the public.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said only that they have picked ‘close and old friends’ for the roles, but refused to identify them because they are ‘private citizens’, which triggered major speculation over who it could be.
At the time Meghan’s friends Genevieve Hillis and Lindsay Roth, who met her at Northwestern University in Illinois, were among the favourites with bookies putting them at 6/4 to be named guardians.
Among those Harry could have chosen are his childhood friend Jake Warren, son of the Queen’s bloodstock manager, whose daughter, Zalie, two, was also a bridesmaid last year.
Another possibility was thought to be Mark Dyer, Harry’s childhood mentor and confidante, whose son Jasper is the prince’s godson and was a pageboy at the wedding, as well his former nanny Tiggy Pettifer.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
Meghan’s friends Genevieve Hillis, left, and Lindsay Roth, right, pictured with her at Wimbledon on Thursday, are currently 6/4 at the bookies to be named guardians
From left to right: Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge, Jessica Mulroney, Ivy Mulroney, Florence van Cutsem, Zoe Warren, Zalie Warren, Benita Litt, Remy Litt and Rylan Litt arrive at St George’s Chapel for Meghan’s wedding
Serena Williams grinned when she was asked if she will be godmother to Archie but said: ‘No, I’m working on Saturday’
In the frame to be godmothers: Meghan’s friends Benita Litt (left) and Lindsay Roth (pictured with Meghan on the right)
In the frame as godfathers: Jake Warren, son of the Queen’s bloodstock manager, (left, wearing a top hat and yellow waistcoat) and Mark Dyer, Harry’s childhood mentor and confidante (seen with Meghan on the right)
Meghan’s Canadian friend Jessica Mulroney was bookies’ favourite to be made godmother