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Meghan Markle seen in vacation photos where she met Harry

  • Fashion designer Misha Nonoo, 31, is believed to be the woman who set up Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a date last year 
  • DailyMail.com has obtained exclusive pictures of Markle and Nonoo vacationing together in Madrid last summer,  just days after the actress first met Harry 
  • The two friends took a three-week trip encompassing London, Madrid, Mallorca, and Formentera - the very trip that saw Markle's introduction to Harry
  • The Bahraini-born, London-raised designer has ties to the royal family through her ex-husband, Alexander Gilkes, 37, who went to Eton with William and Harry
  • Nonoo met Markle at an event in Miami some two years ago and has said that they 'bonded instantly'
  • She remained tight-lipped when approached by DailyMail.com on Tuesday and said only that she was heading to the airport

By Laura Collins For Dailymail.com

Published: 14:15 EST, 7 December 2017 | Updated: 15:04 EST, 7 December 2017

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Seen for the first time since Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle was announced, this is the woman being credited for bringing the couple together - their so-called matchmaker Misha Nonoo.

The 31-year-old clothes designer was tight-lipped when approached by DailyMail.com as she left her Greenwich Village apartment Tuesday morning.

Dressed all in black, with a $1,000 Rimowa suitcase in tow, she said only that she was heading to the airport. She was pictured earlier walking her dog - a cavapoo (a Poodle/King Charles Spaniel mix) called Margaret Thatcher.

Until now, Markle's friend Markus Anderson - a consultant for the Soho House Group and former global membership director for the exclusive club - had been widely touted as the one who introduced them.

But when the happy couple gave their engagement interview last week Markle, 36, let slip that their matchmaker, who they did not name, was a woman.

Now DailyMail.com has obtained exclusive pictures of Markle and Nonoo vacationing together in Madrid just days after Markle first met Harry, 32.

Out and about: Fashion designer Misha Nonoo, 31, was spotted leaving her New York City apartment on Tuesday, but remained tight-lipped when approached by DailyMail.com 
Out and about: Fashion designer Misha Nonoo, 31, was spotted leaving her New York City apartment on Tuesday, but remained tight-lipped when approached by DailyMail.com 

Out and about: Fashion designer Misha Nonoo, 31, was spotted leaving her New York City apartment on Tuesday, but remained tight-lipped when approached by DailyMail.com 

The royal matchmaker? Dressed all in black, with a $1,000 Rimowa suitcase in tow, Misha only spoke to say she was heading to the airport
The royal matchmaker? Dressed all in black, with a $1,000 Rimowa suitcase in tow, Misha only spoke to say she was heading to the airport
The Bahraini-born designer is said to have played cupid and set up Meghan and Harry on a blind date last summer
The Bahraini-born designer is said to have played cupid and set up Meghan and Harry on a blind date last summer

The royal matchmaker? Dressed all in black, with a $1,000 Rimowa suitcase in tow, Misha only spoke to say she was heading to the airport. The Bahraini-born designer is said to have played cupid and set up Meghan and Harry on a blind date last summer 

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Misha was seen on Monday walking her dog - a cavapoo (a Poodle/King Charles Spaniel mix) called Margaret Thatcher - in New York City
Misha was seen on Monday walking her dog - a cavapoo (a Poodle/King Charles Spaniel mix) called Margaret Thatcher - in New York City

Misha was seen on Monday walking her dog - a cavapoo (a Poodle/King Charles Spaniel mix) called Margaret Thatcher - in New York City

The pictures were taken during a three-week European vacation in July and August last year. Encompassing London, Madrid, Mallorca, and Formentera this was the very trip that saw Markle's introduction to Harry.

Speaking last year Harry revealed that he and Markle met on 'two back to back dates,' in July 2016.

Those meetings are thought to have taken place at the very end of July, at a private members club in London and shortly after Markle had watched her friend Serena Williams play at Wimbledon.

Speaking about being set up with the fifth in line to the throne, Markle admitted to knowing very little about Harry before they met. She said: 'The only thing I asked her when she wanted to set us up was, "was he nice?"

'If he wasn't kind it didn't seem it would make much sense.'

Pictured within days of those meetings the actress who made her name as paralegal, Rachel Zane, in the Amazon series Suits, can be seen enjoying a day in the Spanish sun with Nonoo.

Carefree and happy - perhaps already smitten - Markle wore a simple black sundress that left her shoulders bare, paired with a white trilby sunhat.

Nonoo wore a washed out denim dress, with a cut away back as the two strolled in the sun, carrying shopping bags after hitting the stores in the chic Spanish city and clearly finding several items to their liking.

Gabbing about Harry? Markle and Nonoo were seen vacationing together in Madrid just days after the actress first met her future husband. The two wined and dined at an outdoor restaurant before a day of shopping and sightseeing 
Gabbing about Harry? Markle and Nonoo were seen vacationing together in Madrid just days after the actress first met her future husband. The two wined and dined at an outdoor restaurant before a day of shopping and sightseeing 

Gabbing about Harry? Markle and Nonoo were seen vacationing together in Madrid just days after the actress first met her future husband. The two wined and dined at an outdoor restaurant before a day of shopping and sightseeing 

Spanish holiday: Nonoo was seen wearing a washed out denim dress, with a cut away back as the two strolled in the sun, carrying shopping bags after hitting the stores in Madrid
Spanish holiday: Nonoo was seen wearing a washed out denim dress, with a cut away back as the two strolled in the sun, carrying shopping bags after hitting the stores in Madrid

Spanish holiday: Nonoo was seen wearing a washed out denim dress, with a cut away back as the two strolled in the sun, carrying shopping bags after hitting the stores in Madrid

The two women met at an event in Miami some two years ago and Nonoo has said that they 'bonded instantly'
The two women met at an event in Miami some two years ago and Nonoo has said that they 'bonded instantly'

The two women met at an event in Miami some two years ago and Nonoo has said that they 'bonded instantly'

Meghan was seen wearing a black off-the-shoulder sundress, paired with black flats, and a white trilby sunhat
Meghan was seen wearing a black off-the-shoulder sundress, paired with black flats, and a white trilby sunhat
The two took a stroll through Madrid's Botanical Gardens
The two took a stroll through Madrid's Botanical Gardens

Meghan was seen wearing a black off-the-shoulder sundress, paired with black flats, and a white trilby sunhat. The two took a stroll through Madrid's Botanical Gardens 

They visited the city's Prado museum before strolling through the Botanical Gardens. Clearly in good spirits they chatted easily over lunch, perhaps reflecting on Markle's blossoming romance with Harry.

Instagram images posted by Markle show the friends sharing a glass of wine and easy laughter in a local restaurant.

Both women are self-professed 'foodies' with a love of yoga and meditation. They were joined on their trip by Markus Anderson.

Nonoo knows Harry through her ex-husband, Alexander Gilkes, 37, a man with substantial ties to royalty.

He knows both Prince William and Harry from their school days at their shared alma mater, Eton.

Princess Eugenie - whom he knows simply as 'Euge' - worked briefly as a consultant at his New York based online art auction site, Paddle8.

Time to un-wine-d: Meghan had posted pictures on Instagram at the time of their vacation, showing the two gal pals sharing a glass of wine and easy laughter in a local restaurant
Time to un-wine-d: Meghan had posted pictures on Instagram at the time of their vacation, showing the two gal pals sharing a glass of wine and easy laughter in a local restaurant

Time to un-wine-d: Meghan had posted pictures on Instagram at the time of their vacation, showing the two gal pals sharing a glass of wine and easy laughter in a local restaurant

They were joined on their trip by Markus Anderson - consultant for the Soho House Group - who was initially touted as the one who introduced the royal couple 
They were joined on their trip by Markus Anderson - consultant for the Soho House Group - who was initially touted as the one who introduced the royal couple 

They were joined on their trip by Markus Anderson - consultant for the Soho House Group - who was initially touted as the one who introduced the royal couple 

Gilkes was among the close friends invited to William's marriage to Kate Middleton in April 2011. The royal couple was also invited to Gilkes's marriage to Nonoo in August 2012, but was unable to attend the three-day extravaganza in Venice.

Nonoo met Markle at an event in Miami some two years ago and has said that they 'bonded instantly.'

Speaking to Vanity Fair about Markle, Nonoo said: 'Her greatest strength is her compassion for others. Much of the work she does is unseen by others.'

Born in Bahrain to an Iraqi father and English mother, the pretty blond was raised in London and schooled in Paris. She now lives in New York.

Her aunt, Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo, was the first female Bahraini ambassador to the United States.

Harry last year revealed that he and Markle met on 'two back to back dates,' in July 2016. The Suits actress admitted to knowing very little about Harry before they met
Harry last year revealed that he and Markle met on 'two back to back dates,' in July 2016. The Suits actress admitted to knowing very little about Harry before they met

Harry last year revealed that he and Markle met on 'two back to back dates,' in July 2016. The Suits actress admitted to knowing very little about Harry before they met

The Bahraini-born, London-raised designer has ties to the royal family through her ex-husband, Alexander Gilkes, 37, who went to Eton with William and Harry
The Bahraini-born, London-raised designer has ties to the royal family through her ex-husband, Alexander Gilkes, 37, who went to Eton with William and Harry
He is pictured with Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and daughter Princess Eugenie in 2014
He is pictured with Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and daughter Princess Eugenie in 2014

Royal ties: The Bahraini-born, London-raised designer has connections to the royal family through her ex-husband, Alexander Gilkes, 37, who went to Eton with William and Harry. He is pictured with Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and daughter Princess Eugenie in 2014

For her own part she has found considerable success with her womens wear lines.

In 2013 Forbes included her on its '30 under 30' list of influential young people and her clothes are worn by celebrities such as Minka Kelly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Amanda Seyfried and, of course, Markle.

In a revealing nod to her friend, Markle chose to wear a shirt that Nonoo designed for her first official appearance with Harry at the Invictus Games in Toronto last year.

No coincidence, perhaps, that the design in question is called, the 'Husband Shirt.' 

 

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