Report: Meghan Markle’s Jewish Best Friend Played Matchmaker With Prince Harry
American actress Meghan Markle met her now-fiancé Prince Harry through her Jewish best friend, the Jewish Chronicle reported on Thursday.
Fashion designer Misha Nonoo introduced Markle to the British royal in 2016. According to the UK newspaper The Sun, in the couple’s first TV interview after announcing their engagement Prince Harry revealed – without mentioning Nonoo by name – “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.”
He added, “We camped out with each other under the stars – she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.”
Born in Bahrain to an Iraqi father and English mother, Nonoo was raised in London and schooled in Paris, according to InStyle. Her aunt is Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo, the former – and first female – Bahraini ambassador to the United States and the first Jewish ambassador from any Arab country.
The 30-year-old divorced designer now resides in New York and has her own clothing line, which has been seen on Markle as well as fellow actresses Minka Kelly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Amanda Seyfried, among others. Markle has been featured on Nonoo’s Instagram account wearing her designs. In 2013, Forbes included Nonoo on its “30 under 30” list of influential young people and in 2016 the designer was named by the National Council of Jewish Women New York as one of its three “Women Who Dared,” the Jewish Chronicle said.