Prince Harry reportedly dined with the doyenne of LA philanthropy Wallis Annenberg at Hollywood’s most secretive hotspot as his grandmother the Queen celebrated her 95th birthday alone 5,500 miles away in the UK, it was revealed today.
The Duke of Sussex reportedly ate lunch with Ms Annenberg, a 81-year-old heiress to her late father’s US media empire, at the exclusive San Vicente Bungalows on Wednesday – 24 hours after returning to California to be with pregnant Meghan and their son Archie.
The Annenberg Foundation pours billions into projects linked to climate change, animal welfare and social justice in America, areas which Harry, who has already secured two new paid jobs since quitting as a frontline royal and settling in California, is known to be interested in.
A source told Page Six: ‘They sat outside, far from other people, and Harry came in wearing a mask’. The club, owned by Sunset Tower hotel millionaire Jeff Klein, is one of the LA’s most exclusive joints because it bans mobile phones and taking photos is prohibited with ejection and permanent expulsion the punishment for breaking the rules.
Father-of-one Harry was expected to begin a second 10-day quarantine in California – a requirement for international travelers journeying to the US, although it is not mandatory unlike in the UK. CDC guidelines recommend travelers get a Covid-19 test prior to departure and self-isolate for 10 days after they return.
But while LA guidelines say travelers should quarantine, that advice includes exemptions for those traveling for work or for urgent family matters. It is not known if Harry has been vaccinated, but if he is then that would also allow him to leave his home.
MailOnline has asked the Duke of Sussex’s spokesman to comment.
Wallis Annenberg’s father Walter, a playboy Anglophile publisher of US newspapers and magazines and later US ambassador to Britain under Richard Nixon, was a friend of Prince Charles and hosted the Queen and Prince Philip at his California ranch in the 1980s. When he died in 2002 Charles had reportedly hoped cash would be left for the Prince’s Trust in his will, but he was left disappointed.
Klein’s private social club in West Hollywood has 750 highly vetted members – but only as long as everything is kept secret, especially their guests.
In 2019 there was a huge row when it was reported by Page Six that Steven Spielberg and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos met, breaching club rules on discretion.
Klein said he had narrowed down his search for the rat to three people – half-joking that he was willing to use Mossad to root out the spy – and he will upset again that someone has leaked news of Harry’s meeting. The club has private rooms, several bars and for those least worried about being seen, tables in the garden surrounding a swimming pool.
Prince Harry reportedly dined with the doyenne of LA philanthropy Wallis Annenberg at Hollywood’s most secretive hotspot on the Queen’s 95th birthday
Private: The exclusive club they met at is considered the most secretive of the private clubs in and around West Hollywood
Celebrity oasis: San Vicente Bungalows is a celebrity hotspot created by Jeff Klein – phones and photos are strictly banned
Prince Harry’s chauffeur-driven MPV was seen leaving the private terminal at LAX, reserved for celebrities and the super-rich, and was spotted again arriving at the Sussexes’ Montecito mansion at around 4pm on Tuesday
Poignant images of Her Majesty bowing her head and watching the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin from behind a mask in St George’s Chapel moved millions in Britain and around the world on Saturday. She spent her first birthday without him in 73 years on Wednesday
William had joint meeting with Harry because they were too scared to meet him individually
Charles and William preferred to meet with Harry together at Windsor so that nobody’s words could be misconstrued afterwards, MailOnline’s Dan Wootton revealed.
A senior royal insider said: ‘Obviously after the worldwide fallout of the Oprah interview trust has to be rebuilt.
‘There was no official wake after the funeral, but Charles, William and Harry took the opportunity to speak and catch-up face to face after many months apart.
‘They were only able to spend a short time together outdoors given Covid restrictions and also without staff, including senior courtiers, overhearing what was being said.
‘It was important to Charles and William that they were both there together. It means nothing spoken about can be misconstrued in the future.’
Kate also attended parts of the talks, some of which took place at Frogmore Cottage, Harry’s home within the grounds of Windsor Castle, according to The Sun.
Given the tensions, sparked by claims of racism and uncaring behaviour by the Royal Family when Meghan says she was suffering from mental health issues, a full rapprochement did not occur.
Another senior royal insider said: ‘There is much pain and hurt on both sides, so this reconciliation will take place in baby steps.
‘First, they need to decide on some ground rules as to how they conduct business going forward in a way that makes all parties feel safe and protected.’
Crucially, Charles and William have the Queen’s support to deal with the situation.
The source explained: ‘The Queen has made it clear to senior advisers that she is united with Charles and William, and was disappointed with aspects of Harry and Meghan’s interview.’
Harry returned home to California from London on Tuesday, Dailymail.com revealed, missing the Queen’s birthday on Wednesday and with the Windsors’ family row unresolved after meeting only once with his father and Prince William following the Duke of Edinburgh‘s funeral.
His grandmother the Queen turned 95 – just days after the funeral of her beloved husband of 73 years – and spent her first birthday without him in more than seven decades.
Her Majesty, the world’s oldest reigning monarch, spent a ‘low key’ day at Windsor Castle, walking her dogs supported by a small bubble of staff. Harry did reportedly see her privately twice before the funeral.
Family members living closest to the Queen including Prince Andrew, Princess Eugenie, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, may not have been able to see her. There was also no traditional gun salutes or birthday photo due to the monarch remaining in mourning.
Harry also chose to fly from Britain with the rift with his father and brother caused by his decision to emigrate and pour his heart out to Oprah still seemingly unresolved.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, is understood to have flown into Los Angeles on an American Airlines flight from London Heathrow shortly after 1.30pm.
His chauffeur-driven MPV was seen leaving the private terminal at LAX, reserved for celebrities and the super-rich, and was spotted again arriving at the Sussexes’ Montecito mansion at around 4pm.
After Saturday’s emotional funeral William and Harry took ‘baby steps’ towards healing their relationship after they walked back to Windsor Castle from St George’s Chapel together after being pushed together by peacemaker Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Later there was a face-to-face meeting within the grounds of the castle between the brothers and their father Prince Charles, but, in an unprecedented development that lays bare the depth of their rift, Charles and William preferred to meet with Harry together so that nobody’s words could be misconstrued afterwards, MailOnline’s Dan Wootton revealed.
Harry had been widely reported to have been planning to stay for the Queen’s birthday, although sources said he was ‘conflicted’ about the decision and wanted to get home to Meghan.
He had flown into the UK on an American Airlines flight just over a week earlier and spent most of his British trip in quarantine at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
Harry’s brief visit to the UK for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh was his first trip back to Britain in a year.
Pregnant Meghan, who is expecting a baby girl in the summer, was told not to travel with him but did send a handwritten note and a wreath.
The trip also marked the first time he had seen his family since making explosive allegations about royal racism during an interview with Oprah last month and claiming his father and brother are ‘trapped in the system’.
Sources told the Mail on Sunday Harry received a frosty reception when he appeared at Philip’s funeral on Saturday and was largely ignored by senior royals, among them Princess Anne and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
His presence also caused problems for courtiers – although the Duke of Edinburgh had wanted military uniform to be worn for his funeral, Harry is not entitled to wear it having given up his military roles as part of the Megxit deal.
Instead, the Queen decided to spare Harry’s blushes by having the royal party wear morning suits to the funeral.
The royal, 36, is understood to have flown into LAX on an American Airlines flight that arrived in Los Angeles shortly after 1.30pm local time
His car was seen leaving the private terminal at LAX minutes after the plane landed and was spotted again arriving in Montecito around 4pm
Pregnant Meghan, who is expecting a baby girl in the summer, was told not to travel with him but did send a handwritten note and a wreath
The monarch said in a statement: ‘We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life’
He reportedly texted with his father and brother beforehand but didn’t see them in person until shortly before the service began.
Although William and Harry’s interactions initially looked frosty, they were pictured chatting together after the service as they made their way back to the castle.
Prince Charles and his two sons are then reported to have spent three hours ‘clearing the air’ immediately after the funeral.
Although William and Harry’s interactions initially looked frosty, they were pictured chatting together after the service as they made their way back to the castle
But Page Six and The Telegraph both reported that Harry and Charles did not have a one-on-one due to fears of a misunderstanding.
The pair were said to be unlikely to meet again before the Duke of Sussex headed back to the US, reported The Times.
Sources told the outlets that both Charles and William wanted each other present for any meeting for fear that a ‘twisted version of events’ would leak out from Harry’s camp.
Harry is due to return to the UK again at the end of July for the unveiling of a memorial to his mother Princess Diana.
The Queen said she was ‘deeply touched’ by the ‘support and kindness’ shown by the public following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh as she marked her 95th birthday without her beloved husband of 73 years.
In her first comments since Prince Philip’s death, the monarch thanked well-wishers across the globe for the tributes paid to her husband which have ‘deeply touched’ the royal family.
The Queen said she and her family were in a ‘period of great sadness’ but were comforted by words of praise for Philip, who died peacefully at Windsor aged 99.
Her Majesty said: ‘I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.
‘While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.
‘My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days.
‘We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.’
Source: Daily Mail UK