British media mulls mystery of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s matchmaker

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 November, 2017, 7:53pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 November, 2017, 9:02pm

Britain’s newspapers were rife with speculation on Wednesday about the mystery matchmaker of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry and his fiancée American actress Meghan Markle who met on a blind date in London last year.

In a televised interview on Monday when they announced their engagement, the couple were coy about the identity of the “mutual friend” who had brought them together.

“We should protect her privacy and not reveal too much of that,” said Markle, with Harry adding: “We’ll protect her privacy yeah. But it was – it was literally – it was through her.”

On its front page, The Times newspaper declared that it was the fashion designer Misha Nonoo, who was born in Bahrain and raised in London.

The paper said her estranged husband is Alexander Gilkes, who went to the same school as Harry – Eton College – and is also a close friend of Markle and went on holiday with her in 2016.

However, The Daily Telegraph had a different theory. It said Violet Von Westenholz, who had been friends with Harry since he was a teenager, was behind the romance.

Westenholz, a PR director for fashion label Ralph Lauren, had helped organise a publicity day for Suits in London in June last year, the US TV legal drama in which Markle starred.

Harry and Markle, 36, began dating the following month.

“I might leave that for other people to say [who the matchmaker was],” she told The Telegraph. “It’s a great love story and I am sure they are going to be very happy together.”

While the couple’s nuptials have dominated the news in Britain, a poll suggested more than a half of Britons were fairly nonplussed. A YouGov survey for The Times found 39 per cent were pleased by the engagement, four per cent disappointed and 52 per cent indifferent.