WILD youngster Annabelle Neilson as soon as declared: “I’d prefer to be infamous rather than famous” — and lived her entire life full-tilt in pursuit of her objective.
The tragic aristocrat, whose demise at 49 was introduced on Monday, was a heroin addict by the age of 16 and grew up to be such a legendary social gathering animal she might make her greatest mate Kate Moss look demure.
Annabelle. pictured with Alexander McQueen, was discovered lifeless in her Chelsea residence final Thursday
As she admitted in 2015: “My dad says I’m perfect and everyone else says I’m trouble.”
Annabelle — as soon as married to Nat Rothschild, inheritor to a £500million banking fortune — was discovered lifeless at her £three.1million house in Chelsea, West London, final Thursday.
Sister Millie revealed yesterday that she had died of a coronary heart assault, including: “My parents and I are devastated and shocked by this news.”
Supermodel Kate, 44, posted a snap of the pair hugging, with a pink coronary heart damaged in two.
Kate Moss posted this tribute to Annabelle on her Instagram feed
Annabelle as soon as stated: “Kate is my greatest mate and I really like her like a sister.
“We share clothes, we share everything and her fame has never been an issue.”
They even shared males, it appears. In the early noughties Annabelle was linked to Kate’s then-boyfriend, journal editor Jefferson Hack, father of her daughter Lila Grace, now 15.
Like Kate, Annabelle labored as a mannequin, as soon as showing bare and simulating intercourse with a male mannequin in an advert for her “soulmate”, late dressmaker Alexander McQueen.
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Annabelle and Kate referred to themselves as greatest pals after understanding one another for many years
She stated: “It wasn’t weird, which is worrying. I didn’t find it embarrassing or strange.”
Annabelle was the daughter of Elizabeth Neilson, the Marquesa Campus di Santinelli, and funding adviser Max.
Her grandmother was the second cousin of the late Queen Mom and her first cousin is the Earl of Warwick — with whom she loved playdates as a woman at Warwick Citadel.
As women Annabelle and elder sister Millie cut up their time between the household property in the Chilterns, Oxon, and their metropolis pad in West London.
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Annabelle was well-known and revered inside style circles
However her childhood was removed from idyllic — she was severely dyslexic and was badly bullied at faculty.
She as soon as recalled: “My mother and father took me to 40 psychologists between the ages of 4 and eight to discover out what was flawed with me.
“I didn’t speak to anyone except my sister in a made-up language only she understood.”
Her rebellious streak was evident early on. At boarding faculty she hiked up her skirt, reduce the sleeves off her blouses and chopped off her hair to “look like a hedgehog”.
She had a longstanding friendship with mannequin Naomi Campbell
She left the unique Woman Eden’s Faculty in West London at 16 with no qualifications earlier than embarking on a niche yr, staying with household buddies in Perth, Australia.
However whereas there she was the sufferer of a horrific assault by a person later convicted of killing three ladies.
Annabelle recalled in 2015: “The assault lasted for 2 hours. I used to be tied to a tree and regularly crushed.
“I managed to escape with my life however I wanted reconstructive surgical procedure as a result of my face was so disfigured. After that I fell right into a critical melancholy and have become a heroin addict as a result of it offered an escape bubble and was the solely means I might cope.
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Annabelle had hoped to develop into a profitable youngsters’s writer however turned depressed when her books didn’t promote very nicely
“In a way, heroin saved me because otherwise I would have killed myself.”
In her late teenagers Annabelle, who ultimately managed get clear from medicine, met the inheritor to the title of Baron Rothschild, Nat Rothschild, on a seashore in India.
He was instantly captivated. She later defined: “He first asked me to marry him half an hour after we met and then every day afterwards.”
Six years later, in 1994, they eloped to Las Vegas, to the horror of Nat’s mother and father. A household good friend stated: “The girl’s party trick was to climb on to the dining table in her tiny dress and stilettos and dance amid the crystal and silver. Rather vulgar, I’m afraid. Nat’s parents predicted it would end in tears, and it did.”
She was married to Nathaniel Rothschild for 3 years earlier than the pair divorced in 1997
Their marriage, marked by wild events, explosive rows and emotional reconciliations, ended after three years, with Annabelle reportedly receiving a beneficiant settlement. She was stated to have signed a confidentiality settlement giving up the Rothschild identify and promising by no means to talk about their relationship.
She as soon as stated: “I can’t mention my ex-husband. After all that happened, I was shell-shocked for a long time. Lee [McQueen] became my great defender.”
Annabelle was 22 when she was launched to McQueen by late Tatler trend editor Isabella Blow. He made her strip bare on their first assembly and she or he shortly turned his muse.
She later stated: “I turned up and what he beloved, truly, was that I used to be skinny, far thinner than I’m now.
Annabelle typically wore risque Alexander McQueen designs to events similar to this spider-web impressed look
“He was a big boy then. And people who have been a bit hurt are like wounded birds flocking together. He thought I was more vulnerable than he was.” His different nickname for her was Annie Tinkerbell. She had a bed room in each one of McQueen’s homes they usually shared a canine.
Recognized to buddies as Mrs McQueen, she helped the then-aspiring designer get his line off the floor.
She recalled “running around” banks together with her bank card hours earlier than his exhibits “siphoning out cash otherwise, literally, the show would not go on”.
And she or he added of their shut relationship: “For want of a better word, it was like we were married — without the sex. The only difference being I didn’t get in a grump when he bought a boy back and shagged him.”
Studies recommend the former mannequin might have died from a coronary heart assault though a publish morten examination has but to happen
It was Annabelle who organized his “wedding” to associate George Forsyth in Ibiza in 2000, earlier than homosexual marriage was authorized.
A brand new-age priest carried out the ceremony beneath a full moon in entrance of fellow members of the Primrose Hill social gathering set Sadie Frost, Jude Regulation, Meg Mathews and Patsy Kensit.
Annabelle was a bridesmaid, together with Kate Moss. Visitors drank £20,000-worth of Champagne.
The marriage was so boozy and debauched, McQueen stated he by no means needed to go to the celebration island once more.
The previous mannequin even combined with royalty as she is seen right here pictured with the mom of Princess Eugenie and Beatrice, Sarah Ferguson
One other notorious bash that very same yr was a pool celebration in Monte Carlo with McQueen and fellow designer John Galliano — one other shut good friend who thought-about Annabelle a muse.
She jumped into the pool in a sheer, spider-web gown designed by McQueen, which then turned clear.
It was reported the get together organisers demanded full management over photographs launched of the night, with one witness saying: “Those you didn’t see would have beggared belief.”
Annabelle later stated: “Lee always said he liked me to wear his clothes because he knew when they were on me they would have an adventure.”
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Many well-known faces have taken to the web to give their condolences over the socialite’s premature demise
She was the final individual to see the designer alive. Scuffling with melancholy and the dying of his mom, McQueen killed himself aged 40 in 2010.
In 2015 Annabelle suffered one other blow when she was badly injured in a horse driving accident.
Her restoration was adopted throughout a quick stint on US actuality TV collection Women Of London — publicity which she believed would assist her launch a profession as a youngsters’s writer.
She wrote a collection referred to as Me Me Me, with titles resembling Indignant Me and Messy Me, which she hoped can be as common as the Mr Males books.
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She was seen at a society wedding ceremony simply 6 days earlier than her dying
Nevertheless, they failed to promote nicely and Annabelle was reported to have been battling melancholy in consequence.
However that didn’t cease her having fun with a celebration — and her pals.
Simply six days earlier than her demise she was all glammed up at Blenheim Palace for the wedding ceremony of one of her exes, Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill — posing for an image with buddy Kate and bride Kimi Hammerstroem.
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And she or he was all the time conscious that whereas her world may need appeared out of management, she was relishing it.
She stated three years in the past: “I don’t know why I’m all the time referred to as a wild youngster as a result of I wasn’t a toddler.
“The truth is I’ve lived an amazing life.”