Supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss joined Meg Mathews at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge yesterday for the funeral of their best friend, socialite Annabelle Neilson, whose death at 49 has caused shockwaves.
The model and writer was found at her £3.1million pad in leafy Chelsea, west London, earlier this month, after she died of natural causes. Her sister has since said in a statement that her life was ended by a heart attack.
Nathaniel Rothschild, who was once married to Neilson, was absent from the service, but volatile diva Campbell turned up late so all eyes were on her as she was escorted to the top pew, sparkling in jewelry and teetering in a pair of vertiginous heels.
Moments later, she took to the lectern to give a reading with Moss, who wore a skin-tight dress. Kate and Annabelle met through modeling in the Nineties.
Orlando Bloom arrived on a motorbike and was pictured with his Lord of the Rings co-star Liv Tyler, who arrived with her partner, football agent Dave Gardner.
Alexander McQueen’s former wild child muse Annabelle Neilson died of natural causes at her London home.
Westminster Coroner’s Office confirmed that an investigation into Ms. Neilson’s death has concluded and there will not be an inquest.
Ms. Neilson’s sister, Millie, previously said in a statement that Annabelle died as a result of a heart attack.
A spokesperson from Westminster Coroner’s Court said: ‘If we have concluded there will not need to be an inquest, you can assume that Ms. Neilson died of natural causes.’
The millionaire heiress died eight years after best friend and fashion designer Alexander McQueen took his own life.
One of her final public appearances was at the wedding of her ex-boyfriend, Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill, at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire where she partied with pal Kate Moss and bride Kimi Hammerstroem.
Supermodel Moss, 44, posted a snap of the pair hugging, with a red heart broken in two after the tragic news of her pal’s death.
Moss’s tribute came as MailOnline revealed Annabelle feared she was ‘cursed’ before her death and sank into depression after her children’s books failed to sell because she wanted to be famous in her own right.
Other friends included Sadie Frost and Naomi Campbell and she was once a member of the notorious Primrose Hill set in the 1990s.
Naomi Campbell took to social media with a sad post to Annabell saying:
Have been in such Denial in excepting your with the Angels now [email protected] .Today we sent you off on to your next journey .You were a Force in every way … Until we meet again you will remain in our Hearts !! I love you May You Rest In Peace with your beloved Lee . 😢💔🙏🏾
Ms. Neilson was the granddaughter of a second cousin of the Queen Mother, and daughter of Elizabeth, the Marquesa Campus di Santinelli. Her first cousin was the Earl of Warwick.
She left the exclusive Lady Eden’s School at 16 with no qualifications before heading to Australia for a gap year.
While there she was subject to a violent two-hour attack by a man later convicted of killing three women. The horrific assault left her needing reconstructive facial surgery.