Who is Misha Nonoo? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s matchmaker and fashion designer who was married to Alexander Gilkes

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PRINCE Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle is a modern-day fairy tale, and all eyes are on them ahead of the royal wedding.

But who is the woman responsible for their engagement? This is everything you need to know about Misha Nonoo…

 Misha Nonoo is thought to be the woman who introduced Meghan Markle to Prince HarryGetty Images – Getty Misha Nonoo is thought to be the woman who introduced Meghan Markle to Prince Harry

Who is Misha Nonoo?

Misha is an American-based fashion designer, who has a fashion line under her own name.

She was born in Bahrain, raised in London and educated in Paris.

She’s a champion of ready-to-wear fashion shows, and her clothes are designed to be elegant, versatile and never go out of fashion.

Emma Watson and Cate Blanchett are both fans of her line.

In 2013, Misha was named on Forbes’ exclusive 30 under 30 list.

She became the first fashion designer to debut a runway collection on Instagram in 2015, and exclusively shared her Fall line on Snapchat the following year.

 She's a fashion designer who was married to former Etonian Alexander GilkesGetty – Contributor She’s a fashion designer who was married to former Etonian Alexander Gilkes

Who was Misha Nonoo married to?

Misha married British socialite Alexander Gilkes, the co-founder of New York based online auction house Paddle8, in Venice in 2012.

Alexander knows Prince Harry from his Eton days, and is good friends with his cousin Princess Eugenie – who was, for a short while, employed by Paddle8.

The couple were guests at Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011, while Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, as well as James Middleton, all attended their big day.

Alexander’s younger brother Charlie also dated Pippa Middleton for several years.

The couple, who met in London in 2003, were reported to have split in October 2016.

 Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, pictured, attended Misha and Alexander's wedding - as well as Kate Middleton's brother JamesGetty – Contributor Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, pictured, attended Misha and Alexander’s wedding – as well as Kate Middleton’s brother James

How did Misha Nonoo introduce Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

In their first joint interview on November 27, Meghan and Harry revealed they were set up by a female mutual friend.

Although they didn’t name names, Misha seems to be the likely suspect.

She and Meghan are pals, and the Suits actress even wore Misha Nonoo’s Easy 8 Husband Shirt, which costs £139, during her first public appearance with Harry – at the Invictus Games.

 Meghan even wore Misha Nonoo during her first public appearance with Harry, at the Invictus GamesPA:Press Association Meghan even wore Misha Nonoo during her first public appearance with Harry, at the Invictus Games

Speaking about their matchmaker, Harry said: “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.

“We camped out with each other under the stars – she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.”

 Misha wore this for the 2018 Met Gala Ball Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination themeGetty Images – Getty Misha wore this for the 2018 Met Gala Ball Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination theme

When was her last public appearance?

Misha Nonoo stepped out for the 2018 Met Gala Ball in New York on May 7.

The annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art saw stars descend on to the city in an array of costumes.




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