PUBLISHED: 13:29, Wed, Aug 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:29, Wed, Aug 12, 2020
‘Finding Freedom’ by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand was released yesterday, and tells the story of Harry and Meghan from when they met to when they stepped down as senior royals. The explosive new book teases several names of who could have been the person behind the original blind date in London, who is known to be a mutual friend of Meghan and Harry. Firstly, it could have been Violet von Westenholz, a PR executive from Ralph Lauren.
Violet knew Meghan because in 2016 she had become one of the brand’s celebrity ambassadors and was organising several events for her during her summer trip to London.
However, Violet was also well known in English society through her father, Frederick Patrick Piers Baron von Westenholz, a former Olympic skier and one of Prince Charles' oldest and closest friends.
Because of the family connection to the royals, Violet and her siblings grew up skiing in Switzerland with Prince William and Prince Harry.
This meant she was well placed to be friends with both Meghan and Harry, and may have spotted that they would get along.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met on a blind date (Image: GETTY)
Violet von Westenholz is on the right (Image: GETTY)
However, the book also appears to pour cold water on this suggestion, adding: “Despite reports that Violet von Westenholz has set up the date, it was mostly Meghan’s pals Misha Nonoo and Markus Anderson who were in on the first meeting.”
Markus, a Canadian, is the membership director of Soho House, a chain restaurant and group of private members’ clubs.
He always made sure Meghan was comfortable in the Toronto club and introduced her to many business and cultural elites.
He was also the one who sat her next to Misha, a Bahraini-British fashion designer, at a Soho House event in Miami, and the pair hit it off right away.
Markus Anderson (left) with Izzy May at Meghan