Who is Markus Anderson? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's good friend 'who introduced the couple' | The Sun10/24/2023
MARKUS Anderson has been described as the second most important man in Meghan Markle’s life after Prince Harry.
He and Meghan have been close for years. Here's everything you need to know about the SoHo House director.
Who is Markus Anderson and what's his background?
Markus Anderson is the global membership director at the swanky members club group Soho House.
He started working for the company as a waiter but quickly moved up through the ranks, turning his hand to practically every position at the company on his way up the ladder.
The stylish chap is the right-hand man to company CEO Nick Jones and personally crafts the guest lists to some of the biggest celebrity parties – including an annual Oscars bash.
He was named one of Toronto Life's 50 Most Influential in 2014.
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In terms of his tastes, it seems Markus has a passion for the finer things in life.
He told Mr Porter that his favourite designers are Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent while his favourite bag is an old Mulberry briefcase.
Speaking about fashion he said: "I respect anyone who dresses with confidence and individuality."
But his expensive taste doesn't stop there, it seems his go to drink is a glass of Champagne or a beer.
The Canadian told Coveteur, “Although I’m prone to drink almost anything, I’m partial to either champagne or beer—I grew up in Ontario, after all.”
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How does Markus Anderson know Meghan Markle?
Both Meghan and Markus both lived in Toronto and reports suggested that they had been running in the same circles for years.
It is also said he introduced Meghan to some of her best friends including Amal and George Clooney and her reported stylist Jessica Mulroney.
The pair both had a reasonably normal upbringing in comparison to their A-list friends.
It's not clear how the duo met but they do travel together frequently.
In 2018, they jetted off to Madrid together for a getaway with friend and fashion designer Misha Nonoo.
They've also travelled to New York together and been pictured all over town in Toronto arm-in-arm.
Markus was part of the exclusive guest list who attended Meghan’s lavish £350,000 New York baby shower and her royal wedding in 2018.
How does Markus Anderson know Prince Harry?
It's not known how Markus Anderson is in contact with Prince Harry.
Although Harry has frequently visited the exclusive members' club where Markus works on a number of occasions.
In Harry and Megan's official engagement interview with BBC, they both hinted that they had been set up by a friend.
Markus reportedly arranged for the pair to meet secretly at the company's properties in Toronto, London and Somerset during their courtship.
They reportedly spent "a secret weekend away at Soho Farmhouse" and attended a Halloween party together in Toronto's Soho House in 2017.
“He [Prince Harry] asked Markus if he could set up, not a date, but an opportunity for them to meet and that happened in one of the private rooms of Soho House,” Katie Nicholls, a royal commentator said.
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“There were about seven or eight of them altogether and it was a perfect opportunity for Harry and Meghan to come together in a really informal environment and actually talk.”
Markus was by Meghan's side at her first public appearance with Harry at the Invictus Games in 2017.
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