When it was confirmed that Prince Harry was dating Suits actress Meghan Markle in late 2016, the world was justifiably intrigued by how the two had met. While reports of a set-up were widespread, no one was certain just who was responsible, with many men and women from Harry and Meghan’s wider circle thought to be the match-maker.
Soho House’s Markus Anderson was widely speculated to have set the couple up, thanks to his access to the private members’ club that they frequented regularly for their dates. Misha Nonoo, a fashion designer and close friend of Meghan’s, who was married to Harry’s friend Alexander Gilkes, was also thought to be the mutual friend who saw their potential as a couple.
But now it has been claimed that the mystery cupid was in fact Violet von Westenholz, the PR director for Ralph Lauren, who has ties to both Harry and Meghan. Violet grew up with Prince Harry thanks to her father Baron Piers von Westenholz’s close friendship with Prince Charles, with E! reporting that she has ‘been in Harry’s trusted inner circle of friends for years’. She also knew Meghan from the London social scene, which the American actress had been a part of for a few years thanks to friendships with the likes of Millie Mackintosh.
Bonus bit of trivia: Violet’s younger sister Victoria was reportedly once considered a possible beau for Harry, too.
According to the same source, ‘When Harry told Violet he was having trouble finding someone, Violet said she might just have the perfect girl for him,’ et voila, a match made in heaven was born.
In November, the couple spoke about their ‘blind’ date in the summer of 2016, when the two didn’t know that much about each other – except what they looked like, of course. As Meghan revealed in their engagement interview: ‘I didn't know much about him, and so the only thing that I had asked her [Violet] when she said she wanted to set us up, I had one question, I said, 'Well, is he nice?'’
Harry was similarly intrigued by Meghan, despite admitting that he had never watched her show, Suits: ‘I had never even heard about her until this friend said, 'Meghan Markle.' I was like, 'Right, okay? Give me a bit of background, what's going on here? I had never watched Suits, I had never heard of Meghan before, and I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her and there she was, sitting there.’
And the rest, as they say, is history.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.