Meghan Spotted Leaving Business Lunch with Deputy Press Secretary

The Duchess of Sussex was spotted leaving a business lunch in Notting Hill yesterday with deputy press secretary Christian Jones. Since Harry and Meghan announced their engagement, the couple have managed to keep under the radar whilst enjoying nights out at the theatre. At Cirque du Soleil on Wednesday, the couple revealed they had seen the show only eighteen months ago. Foodie Meghan has dined at several of London’s best-known eateries with friends over the past year. Today, marked only one of a handful of candid snaps we’ve seen. Click here to see several photos available at the Mail Online.

The Mail Online reports:

‘Meghan has been spotted on a business lunch with a new key appointee after Kensington Palace hired the former Brexit speechwriter for David Davis as its deputy press secretary. He became deputy director of communications for both Meghan and Harry and William and Catherine in December, after racking up nearly seven years of experience working with two Government departments.

The Cardiff University graduate served as Mr Davis’ speechwriter at the Department for Exiting the European Union from October 2016 to September 2017, before taking up a new role as the department’s press secretary. Prior to that he was chief press officer at the Treasury from November 2014 to October 2016, serving under George Osborne and, for a brief period, the current Chancellor Philip Hammond. 

His major new role, which was advertised publicly, includes liaising with British and international media and supporting the young royals’ charitable work and engagements. Mr Jones will lead the day-to-day press office operations of the two households and advise Meghan, Harry, William and Catherine on how to interact with the media.’

Although Meghan is expecting her first child later this spring, she is said to be determined to make as much impact as possible with her patronages, charitable visits, preparing future projects and plans to undertake a tour in the autumn. With reliable reporters claiming we’ll see the Sussexes and Cambridges separate and have their own offices in the near future, it may be possible plans for that are taking shape and preparations are already in place. Given Mr Davis’ Brexit knowledge, I imagine he’s been briefing the royals especially as a number of members of the family have been deployed around Europe already in an effort to bolster relations.

They dined at Italian restaurant, Chucs in Westbourne Grove.

Chucs Restaurant is the sister concept to the 1950s-inspired swimwear and men’s fashion label of the same name, founded by Charles Finch. Under the direction of Head Chef Alessandro Verdenelli, Chucs Restaurant & Cafe now spans four London locations – Dover Street, Westbourne Grove, Harrods, and the iconic Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park, serving up Italian classics.

The menu includes a selection of favourites served all day: Maccheroni Bolognese, Saffron Risotto, Fresh Spaghetti with Truffle, Grilled Fillet of Sea Bass, Sicilian Caponata, a selection of pizza’s, Tiramisu and Gelato.

The Duchess looked casually chic in a navy coat and distressed jeans. Meghan’s Mirror suggests it’s likely Meghan wore the $40 H&M Mama Boyfriend jeans. Described as: “Jeans in washed denim with heavily distressed details. Mock fly, mock front pockets, regular back pockets, and wider, tapered legs. Wide jersey ribbing at waist for added comfort.”

We saw Meghan in a £25 dress from the same maternity range for a visit to Mayhew on Wednesday.

Meghan wore her Stuart Weitzman Legend pumps in haze beige.

Meghan carried her Mulberry Zipped Bayswater tote. The sold out bag is described: “The Bayswater is our most iconic bag, and its eponymous collection includes new styles inspired by the original. The Zipped Bayswater is the perfect option for those who like a zipped closure. Using the same construction as a Bayswater, this new style plays with the detail – deconstructing the front by removing the flap and using the iconic postman’s lock to secure two belted straps.”

In other news, Rebecca English reports Harry and Meghan have decided to leave their Cotswolds bolthole sooner than anticipated:

‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to move out of their Cotswolds bolthole within weeks. The couple took a two-year lease on the £2.5million former farmhouse in a picturesque hamlet in the run-up to their wedding last year and spend most weekends there.

Friends say it gives Harry and Meghan the chance to escape the ‘goldfish bowl’ of royal life at Kensington Palace, where they live in two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage. It had been anticipated that the couple, who are expecting their first child in April, would keep the house on after moving from London to Frogmore Cottage on the Queen’s Windsor estate this spring. But the Daily Mail has learnt that the couple will be cancelling the lease early and moving out in March.’

The article suggests expenses and security were both factors in the decision. My guess is the latter played a significant role. In recent weeks, photos of the property have surfaced online and perhaps with security, it was no longer felt the location could offer the same level of privacy it once did. With Frogmore Cottage due to be ready in just a few months, they obviously feel the Windsor estate offers a slice of the country life they enjoy and was the ideal place to bring up their family, negating the need for another country home.