Baron's daughter who was working with Meghan days before her and Harry's blind date emerges as new name among possible matchmakers who set up a royal wedding

  • The newly-engaged couple said that a mystery person set up blind date for them?
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle vowed to protect identity of their matchmaker
  • Violet von Westenholz - the daughter of a British baron - is an old friend of Harry
  • In her role at Ralph Lauren, she worked with Miss Markle around time of first date
  • Fashion designer Misha Nonoo, a mutual friend, also considered a contender
  • Among candidates is Made in Chelsea star and workout buddy Millie Mackintosh?

One of Prince Harry's oldest family friends and the daughter of a British baron has emerged as one of the possible matchmakers who arranged a blind date for the royal with Meghan Markle.

Violet von Westenholz is the daughter of former Olympic skier?Baron Piers von Westenholz, who is a close personal friend of the Prince of Wales.

In her role as press relations director for Ralph Lauren, she worked alongside Miss Markle on June 30, days before her blind date with Prince Harry in July 2016.

But other sources say that?her Bahrain-born best friend Misha Nonoo, the estranged wife of Harry’s friend, Alexander Gilkes, a pal of William and Harry’s from Eton, organised their blind date last year.?

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Violet von Westenholz is an old friend of the prince and worked alongside Meghan Markle (pictured together) in the days before it is believed she and the royal went on their first date

Violet von Westenholz is an old friend of the prince and worked alongside Meghan Markle (pictured together) in the days before it is believed she and the royal went on their first date

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo (pictured with Meghan), is also believed to have payed a part in bringing the couple together

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo (pictured with Meghan), is also believed to have payed a part in bringing the couple together

Ms Nonoo, the ex wife of Harry’s friend, Alexander Gilkes, a pal of William and Harry’s from Eton, is said to have organised their blind date last year

Ms Nonoo, the ex wife of Harry’s friend, Alexander Gilkes, a pal of William and Harry’s from Eton, is said to have organised their blind date last year

Miss von Westenholz, who was once linked romantically with singer James Blunt, refused to deny whether or not she was the mystery cupid.

She told the Daily Telegraph: 'I might leave that for other people to say [who it is].

'It’s a great story and I am sure they are going to be very happy together. I am just happy they are really happy. They are great together.'??

The 33-year-old even posed for a selfie in a photograph uploaded to Instagram by Suits star Miss Markle following a publicity day at Wimbledon on June 4.

The actress, who at this time is thought to have already been on her first date with the royal, beamed: 'How much more could I adore this gem thank you Violet von Westenholz'.

It is now believed that Miss Markle and Prince Harry enjoyed their first date on some date between July 1 and July 5. judging by the pair's dairies.

The prince returned to the UK from a Battle of the Somme service in Belgium on July 1, while Miss Markle left London and returned to Toronto four days later.

The US actress uploaded a revealing post to Instagram on July 3; a love heart sweet with the caption 'lovehearts in London'.

Other candidates include Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, who is one of Meghan's workout buddies?

Other candidates include Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, who is one of Meghan's workout buddies?

Miss von Westenholz has been friends with Prince Harry since they were both teenagers, and regularly joined the royal family on skiing trips abroad.?

According to the Telegraph, Miss von Westenholz refused to take all the credit for bringing the pair together, with rumblings that other mutual friends played their part.

Meghan's close friend Misha Nonoo, the former wife of Harry’s Etonian buddy Alexander Gilkes, was said to be among the contenders given her royal connections.

Meghan and Harry said that the mystery person - a mutual friend - had set them up and the prince said yesterday he knew she was 'the one' as soon as they met.

In their first interview?Harry revealed the couple had just two ‘back-to-back’ dates in London before flying on holiday to Botswana together, Harry’s favourite place in the world, for five days, where they slept out under the stars.?

Harry said: ‘We were introduced actually by a mutual friend…it was literally…. through her and then we met once and then twice back-to-back two dates in London, last July.

'We'll protect her privacy yeah,' Prince Harry added.

He went on: ‘And then it was I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana.?

‘And we - we camped out with each other under the stars, we spent - she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.’

Meghan said she had only one question for her friend when she suggested the date: ‘Well, is he nice?’

She said: ‘Because I’m from the States you don’t grow up with the same understanding of the royal family. And so, while I now understand very clearly there is a global interest there, I didn’t know much about him and so the only thing that I had asked her when she said she wanted to set us up was, ‘I have one question’ which was, ‘Well, is he nice?’ ‘cos if he wasn’t kind it just didn’t seem like it would make sense and so we went and we had a, met for a drink and I think very quickly into that we said, ‘well what are we doing tomorrow? We should meet again.’

Harry adds’: What are we doing tomorrow? Let’s meet again. And then it was like, right, diaries. We need to get the diaries out and find out how we’re going to make this work, because I was off to Africa for a month, she was working. And we just said right where’s the gap? And the gap happened to be in the perfect place [Botswana].’.??

Miss Markle interrupted: 'We should protect her privacy and not reveal too much of that.

Among the likely candidates is Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, who is one of Meghan's workout buddies (pictured together)

Among the likely candidates is Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, who is one of Meghan's workout buddies (pictured together)

The revelation that the go-between was a woman has led to fervent speculation, as many sources believed Miss Markle's Canadian friend Markus Anderson acted as cupid

The revelation that the go-between was a woman has led to fervent speculation, as many sources believed Miss Markle's Canadian friend Markus Anderson acted as cupid

Meghan stares lovingly at Prince Harry as he explains how the couple were first introduced by a mystery woman and mutual friend to them both

Meghan stares lovingly at Prince Harry as he explains how the couple were first introduced by a mystery woman and mutual friend to them both

The revelation that the go-between was a woman has led to fervent speculation, as many sources believed Miss Markle's Canadian friend Markus Anderson acted as cupid.

Other candidates include Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, who is one of Meghan's workout buddies.

The pair spent time at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire last year, with Miss Markle gushing on Instagram: ‘The best afternoon with Millie Mackintosh. So proud of you darling.’

Another contender is fashion designer Misha Nonoo, who split from Alexander Gilkes last year after four years of marriage.

Misha is well-connected in royal circles as her exhusband went to Eton with Prince Harry and Prince William.

Misha (pictured with Miss Markle) is also a mutual friend of both the prince and Meghan, adding to the theory that she brought the pair together?

Miss Markle is expected to become a duchess - just like Kate Middleton did six years ago
Harry and Miss Markle in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

Miss Markle is expected to become a duchess - just like Kate Middleton did six years ago

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk away after posing for the media in the grounds of Kensington Palace

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk away after posing for the media in the grounds of Kensington Palace

Gilkes was a guest at the royal wedding of Wills and Kate back in 2011, and his younger brother Charlie dated Pippa Middleton for years.?

Misha is also a mutual friend of both the prince and Meghan, adding to the theory that she brought the pair together.

It is rumoured that the pair first?met in a dining room at Soho House, the London private members' club, in July 2016.

Sources say Harry listened intently while Meghan spoke about Rwanda, where she had been campaigning for clean water.

The royal family have flocked to congratulate the happy couple after the announcement

The royal family have flocked to congratulate the happy couple after the announcement

He was captivated by her altruism, and from the moment they said their goodbyes, he bombarded her with texts asking to see her again.

Talking about the friend who set them up, Prince Harry added: 'It was through her and then we met once and then twice back to back two dates in London, last July.?

'And then it was I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana.

'And we - we camped out with each other under the stars, we spent - she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.?

Meghan added: 'Just to take the - take the time to be able to go on long country walks and just talk.'

Harry and Miss Markle may be invited to spend Christmas with his grandmother the Queen

Harry and Miss Markle may be invited to spend Christmas with his grandmother the Queen

Pointing at the ring, Prince Harry said: 'The little diamonds either side are from my mother's jewellery collection to make sure that she's with us on this - on this crazy journey together'

Pointing at the ring, Prince Harry said: 'The little diamonds either side are from my mother's jewellery collection to make sure that she's with us on this - on this crazy journey together'

Miss Markle revealed tonight how she said 'yes' immediately to Harry after he proposed on one knee while they were cooking a roast dinner during a 'cosy night'.

In their?first joint interview this evening, Miss Markle, 36, said she did not even wait for the 33-year-old royal to finish the sentence before she said 'yes' - and it was 'so sweet and natural and very romantic'.?

The couple, who had been?in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace when the proposal happened, revealed that they first met on a blind date after being set up by a female friend - and have tried to see each other every two weeks.????

Harry added: 'I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly... All the stars were aligned - everything was just perfect. It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life - I fell into her life.'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared at a photocall at London's Kensington Palace today

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared at a photocall at London's Kensington Palace today

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