A royal romance for the books! Prince Harry and his love, Meghan Markle, announced their royal engagement in November and are marrying on May 19, so now many people want to know, how did Harry and Meghan meet? After a lot of speculation, we may finally know who introduced the couple — and her name is Violet Von Westenholz.
According to E! News, Harry's childhood friend set the couple up! We knew someone was responsible for their romance all long, but the couple kept that person's identity hush-hush during their first-ever joint interview with the BBC just hours after they announced their engagement.
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"Ah, we first met — we were introduced actually by a mutual friend," Harry told the BBC, and Meghan sweetly interjected, "We should probably protect her privacy." Harry agreed and continued to tell the story, but now that we know it may have been Violet, we want to know all about her!
Violet's dad is a baron and good friends with Harry's dad, Prince Charles. He sister, Violet, was even considered a possible girlfriend for Harry. As far as how she knows Meghan? The two met at the Ralph Lauren PR house, and she knew she'd be a perfect match for Harry, who had been struggling for some time to meet the right girl. "Meghan had been a part of the London social scene for a while and had slotted into the high society set really easily. And so when Harry told Violet he was having trouble finding someone, Violet said she might just have the perfect girl for him," a source told the news outlet. How sweet of her!
Shortly after the pal introduced the 36-year-old Suits actress and the 33-year-old royal and set them up on a blind date, they had their first two dates back-to-back in London in July 2016, and it took about three to four weeks of dating before they really got to spend quality time together, one-on-one. "It was definitely a set-up. It was a blind date. 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?'" Meghan shared during the interview.
After their first meeting, Harry allegedly "starting texting [Meghan] regularly" and the two hung out again at the Soho House in London with a group of mutual friends in July. They later went on a few low-key dates and the stunning star soon made her first visit to Harry's Kensington Palace residence. The pair is thought to have made things official by August.
Harry said of meeting Meghan for the first time, "I'd never, never even heard about her until this friend said 'Meghan Markle.' I was like, 'Right okay, give me, give me a bit of background, like what's going on here?' When I walked into that room and saw her and there she was sitting there, I was like 'Okay, well I'm going to have to really up my game here.'"
The source told E!, "Even with Chelsy [Davy], Harry didn't feel this kind of spark. And they were together for years! Harry just knew immediately, from the moment he spent time with Meghan, that he wanted to be with her. It's a simple case of meeting the right girl at the right time." How sweet!
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In November 2016, Harry publicly confirmed he was dating Meghan by condemning the media's "wave of abuse and harassment" towards his new girlfriend in an official statement.
"[Harry] is aware that there is significant curiosity about his private life. He has never been comfortable with this, but he has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it," the message released by Harry's communications secretary began.
"His girlfriend, Meghan, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment... Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm," the statement continued.
"He knows commentators will say this is 'the price she has to pay' and that 'this is all part of the game.' He strongly disagrees. This is not a game — it is her life and his," the message concluded.
We only have one thing to say upon learning who their matchmaker was — thanks so much, Violet!