As Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 95th birthday, her grandson Prince Harry shared a meal with the Los Angeles personality Wallis Annenberg. The lunch took place at the Hollywood hotspot San Vicente Bungalows. San Vicente is an exclusive club catering to Hollywood celebrities and has been the site of many famous encounters. Sources report that Prince Harry came wearing a mask, and the pair sat outside away from people
After the funeral
There has been speculation regarding the nature of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship with the other members of the royal family. People have wondered whether the prince would remain in the UK after attending the funeral of his grandfather, late Prince Philip, on Saturday. His grandmother’s, the Queen’s, birthday was on Wednesday.
Queen Elizabeth however has stated that she is still in mourning. After the death of her husband Prince Philip, she has admitted to being in a ‘period of great sadness’. Her husband passed away this month at the age of 99. It seems that she may have spent the day at Windsor Castle surrounded by her family.
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is reportedly eager to return to California. His wife Meghan Markle is pregnant and did not attend the funeral. In her third trimester, doctors have recommended her to not travel to the UK, especially with the pandemic still being a major problem. Meghan Markle, along with their son Archie, stayed back in their home in Montecito. On Tuesday, Prince Harry flew back to California on a commercial flight.
Wallis Annenberg and the royal family
Walter Annenberg, the father of Wallis Annenberg, was the US Ambassador to the UK from 1969 to 1974. This was during the presidency of Richard Nixon. Thus, the royal family has re-established ties with the Annenberg family. At 81 years of age, Wallis is the head of the multi-billion dollar foundation known as Annenberg Foundation. Her family is also associated with the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, this is where the Oscar party is generally held by Vanity Fair. Wallis Annenberg is also a member of multiple boards such as LA County Museum of Art, USC, LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
As for the exclusive club San Vicente Bungalows, a member was expelled recently for leaking information to the paparazzi. The guest of the member had tipped off the press regarding the married couple Justin Bieber and Hailey being at the club. The Jeff Klein club also has a rigorous policy against the use of any device (such as cellphones) to leak photos or any such information. This sort of breach of privacy leads to expulsion. But the sighting of Prince Harry at the club was still leaked, as sources claimed that they couldn’t resist divulging the information despite any possible repercussions. Klein has not offered any comment on the issue, although rumours are that he is trying to figure out how the privacy of the two having lunch has been compromised.
Future plans for Harry and Meghan
Last year the pair signed a deal with Netflix and currently, they are preparing for their debut series. “Heart of Invictus” is a competition for veterans that was the brainchild of Prince Harry back in 2014. The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has also been commissioned by Netflix. They will be releasing an inclusion and diversity report on the content available on the platform.
The couple is also expecting a daughter soon, and there are multiple speculations regarding the naming of the child. Rumours are afloat that the daughter may be named after Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana. However, sources state that the pair have concerns about the growing pressure and public interest surrounding the child. To avoid media intervention in their private lives, as well as to shield their children from such intrusions, they want to avoid naming their daughter after a public figure. The couple has also mentioned that they do not appreciate being compared with Prince William and Kate, and even using Diana as a middle name might encourage the press to further do so as Princess Charlotte also has Diana as her middle name. Rather, they aspire to make day-to-day things such as travel and schooling easier for their children by avoiding public scrutiny.
Meghan is due to give birth sometime this summer.