‘No photos please’: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bodyguards warn patrons as couple dine out
Meghan Markle, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, were recently spotted at an NYC restaurant—Locanda Verde—after attending an event on Nelson Mandela Day at the UN Headquarters. Wining and dining with a small group of three close friends, the couple sat in the middle of the busy restaurant owned by Chef Andrew Carmellini. Meghan reportedly acted like "a princess" and made conversation with other guests as they dined at the same venue.
Page Six reported that Meghan had dialed the restaurant to book the entire outdoor courtyard for her and her guests, but the space had already been pre-booked for a larger party of fifteen people. They sat inside with other guests in the regular seating area and stayed there for the entirety of their dinner.
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The place was heavily surrounded by extensive security, and people were asked not to take pictures of the former royals and would have been asked to leave if they did. Meghan also walked up to a nearby table where another patron was celebrating their birthday and wished them "the happiest birthday," the guests were reportedly dumbfounded.
American influencer Meredith Schott was also in attendance and hosted a birthday party for celebrity stylist Walter Harvin. Meghan complemented their table as well for the ensemble outfits. The couple themselves dressed quite aptly for the occasion. Meghan was spotted in a black-and-white Gabriela Hearst jumpsuit with a red Mulberry bag, suede heels, and her hair tied down. Prince Harry took a more casual approach as he wore a button-down shirt with his sleeves rolled up and black pants. Meghan's outfit resembled Kate Middleton's dress for Top Gun: Maverik's premiere.
The couple went out for dinner shortly after their appearance at the United Nations event dedicated to Nelson Mandela, where Prince Harry delivered a highly emotional speech about the importance of Africa in his life and why most of his projects are based there. "It's where I've felt closest to my mother and sought solace after she died and where I knew I had found a soulmate in my wife. And it's why so much of my work is based there," he said.
The speech did not draw positive remarks and has been labeled "inappropriate," and the propaganda of Meghan as Prince Harry took several political stances and criticized America. Twitter users also took careful note of how ironic it was for the couple to be dining at a fancy restaurant, moments after complaining about poverty and climate change that exists in the world.
A user complained of the heavily-papped appearance as a publicity stunt, "I just watched the 30-second video of them leaving, and those flashes were ADDED into the video. Laid on top! There were about two camera guys there (paid), and NO crowd whatsoever. How pathetic to be playing 'I'm popular' make-believe when you're a 45!"
I just watched the 30 second video of them leaving, and those flashes were ADDED into the video. Laid on top! There were about two camera guys there (paid), and NO crowd whatsoever. How pathetic to be playing 'I'm popular' make-believe when you're a 45! https://t.co/somqk1uDGw— kylieer (@memesbyky) July 19, 2022
Writer Bart Marcois added, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent their Monday evening dining with friends at Tribeca hotspot Locanda Verde - where one can easily run up a tab of $85 a person. After lecturing the UN on poverty and climate change."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent their Monday evening dining with friends at Tribeca hotspot Locanda Verde - where one can easily run up a tab of $85 a person.— Bart Marcois (@bmarcois) July 19, 2022
After lecturing the UN on poverty and climate change. https://t.co/S9AOnpJ9qv
Another user took a jibe at the irony of their appearance after the speech, "Half a million in jewelry she donned for dinner, after this disgusting pair who are not supposed to be political, preached about human rights,ABORTION in America. They live in an estate with 14 bathrooms but preach to Americans."
Half a million in jewelry she donned for dinner, after this disgusting pair who are not supposed to be political, preached about human rights,ABORTION in America. They live in an estate with 14 bathrooms but preach to Americans. https://t.co/ejaV5mMdv4— Grandmaj (Judy) (@grandmaj2) July 19, 2022
Political commentator Lou Dobbs wrote, "This ridiculous pair are a joke in both America and the UK--but the Left loves anyone who hates America. #TheGreatAmericaShow"
This ridiculous pair are a joke in both America and the UK--but the Left loves anyone who hates America. #TheGreatAmericaShow— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) July 20, 2022
Twitter tars and feathers Prince Harry for condescending UN speech against America: ‘Go home, little boy’ https://t.co/9jG3nIXBAO #FoxNews pic.twitter.com/z3vnwfmcvb
The negative tweets were also a result of the unsolicited comments Prince Harry made, which seemed to overstep many Americans. Apart from touching upon topics like climate change and poverty, the Duke also made remarks about Roe v Wade, and the speech took a political turn. To make matters worse, "And from the horrific war in Ukraine to the rolling back of constitutional rights in the US, we are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom the cause of Mandela's life," this comment came after Meghan commented on how men should be more vocal about SCOTUS overturning federal abortion protections. There wasn't a huge audience at the UN event, and a lot of citizens questioned why Prince Harry was chosen to make a statement in the first place. Dressed in sharp formals, the couple made their way through a politically-charged statement, drawing comments like "go back home, little boy" after the speech. At a luncheon, Meghan was also seen with a fellow feminist, Gloria Steinem.
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