Her identity has remained a secret ever since Meghan and Harry admitted their first meeting in 2016 was not by chance, but rather thanks to a mutual friend who played cupid.
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In their first joint interview together that aired directly following their engagement announcement, Harry admitted: “We were introduced by a secret friend, who we will protect her privacy.”
The exact identity of the newly engaged couple’s pal has led to feverish speculation. Many have presumed it is Meghan’s best friend, stylist Jessica Mulroney (who works with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s wife, Sophie, as well as many other clients in high places). Others have suspected fashion designer Misha Nonoo, who used to be married to one of Harry’s best friends. Another obvious frontrunner has been Markus Anderson, the mate who accompanied Meghan and Harry during one of their first official outings at the Invictus Games last September.
“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.”
The rest, as they say, is history. (And expect to see this ripped-from-a-rom-com blind date played out if they get around to making season 7 of The Crown!)
Their first date in early summer 2016 was something Meghan recounted in the couple’s engagement interview. “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?'”
Violet’s instinct, of course, was spot on. As we now know, the pair immediately clicked and after two London dates they jetted off to Botswana for a magical week-long vacation under the African stars.
“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.”
Violet has not yet returned E! News’ request for comment.
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“Meghan really does come first for him. He’s honestly absolutely smitten,” we’re told. “His friends love her too; she’s been a really good fit into the group.
“Harry has definitely settled down since they got together. He doesn’t go out as much as he used to when he was single, but that’s to be expected and his friends understand that. He is preparing himself for married life and what that will bring.”
One pal admits, “Meghan did put someone’s nose out recently because she was introduced to them at an indoor location and didn’t take her sunglasses off. But that’s really been her only faux pas.” And that flub can be forgiven.
“We are all just really happy that he finally met a woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with.”