Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed during their first joint interview shortly after their engagement that they were introduced by a mutual friend, but they never specified just who the matchmaker was.
Fans of the Suits actress speculated that it was perhaps stylist Jessica Mulroney who introduced them, considering she’s one of Meghan’s good friends and has clients on par with the royals including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie.
Turns out, however, that it was one of Prince Harry’s childhood friends who introduced the two.
According to E! News, Violet von Westenholz is to thank for the recent royal engagement. Violet is Prince Harry’s childhood friend and one of his closest confidants.
"Harry was having a really hard time finding anyone," E! News' source says. "It's hard enough finding someone new to date. He can hardly go on Tinder or a dating app like normal people, but to meet someone that you actually connect with, that was proving to be almost impossible. It was something he had confided in his closest friends about; he was ready to meet someone but it was so hard to actually find the right person."
So how did Meghan and Violet meet? According to E!, they met through work. Violet was doing PR for Ralph Lauren at the time.
"Meghan had been a part of the London social scene for a while and had slotted into the high society set really easily,” E! reports. “And so when Harry told Violet he was having trouble finding someone, Violet said she might just have the perfect girl for him."
As Meghan said herself, their first date was indeed a set-up.
"It was definitely … a blind date,” she said during their joint interview. “I didn't know much about him and so the only thing I had asked her when she said she wanted to set us up was, I had one question, I said 'Was he nice?'"