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Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, we have gotten the scoop on everything from the wedding date, to the venue, to the gorgeous engagement ring. But one important question has remained unanswered: How did these two lovebirds meet in the first place?
We already know that a “mutual friend” introduced the pair, as Harry revealed in their first post-engagement interview with the BBC. Since neither of them knew much about the other before their first blind date, “it was just a really authentic and organic way to get to know each other,” Meghan said. (Believe it or not, the royal family never say these eight words.)
But now, we can finally put a name to the mystery matchmaker: Violet von Westenholz. The daughter of a baron, von Westenholz is a childhood friend of Harry’s who also works in public relations with Ralph Lauren, which is how she met Meghan.
“Meghan had been a part of the London social scene for a while and had slotted into the high society set really easily,” a “well-placed source” told E! News. “And so when Harry told Violet he was having trouble finding someone, Violet said she might just have the perfect girl for him.”
For months, people have speculated that celebrity stylist Jessica Mulroney, fashion designer Misha Nonoo, or friend Markus Anderson might have introduced the couple. While Violet has not confirmed the rumour yet, it can’t hurt to give her a preemptive round of applause for orchestrating this fairy tale ending.
“We are all just really happy that he finally met a woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with,” a friend told E!.
We feel the same way.
Originally published as The Real Story of How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Met on ReadersDigest.com.