Violet von Westenholz is reportedly responsible for setting Harry and Meghan up on their first date back in July 2016, according to the Mail on Sunday. Their first date then led to a five-day break in Botswana where they secured their relationship. Ms von Westenholz is a childhood friend of Harry’s who met with Meghan while working as a press relations director for Ralph Lauren.
She is also the daughter of a former Olympic skier Baron Piers von Westenholz who is a close friend of Harry’s father Prince Charles.
Now that Ms von Westenholz is pregnant with her first child, royal insiders are predicting she will ask Meghan and Harry to be the child’s godparents.
Ms von Westenholz was previously tipped to be a godparent to Harry and Meghan’s first born Archie Harrison.
She is still in the running to become a godparent along with Serena Williams and the Tindalls.
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When Harry and Meghan first announced their engagement in 2017 the couple did not disclose Ms von Westenholz’s identity.
Harry said in their first joint interview: “We were introduced by a mutual friend, who we will protect the privacy of.”
Meghan added: “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?’”
Harry added: “I’d never, never even heard about her until this friend said ‘Meghan Markle’”.
“I was like, ‘Right okay, give me, give me a bit of background, like what’s going on here?’ When I walked into that room and saw her and there she was sitting there, I was like ‘Okay, well I’m going to have to really up my game here.’”
He continued: “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 camped out with each other under the stars, we spent – she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.”