Harry and Meghan’s new celebrity friends: Duke and Duchess of Sussex dine at sushi restaurant in Montecito with A-list stars Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow as they are spotted on their first night out since Coronation
- Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seen outside Sushi Bar Montecito in California
- They are spotted with Cameron Diaz and her husband Benji Madden last Friday
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been spotted leaving a Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Montecito with celebrity couple Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex smiled as they walked out of Sushi Bar Montecito in California with actress Diaz and her Good Charlotte musician husband last Friday.
Harry and Meghan were also claimed to have been joined by Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, TV producer Brad Falchuk – as well as Bumble chief executive Whitney Wolfe Herd and her husband Texas oil heir Michael Herd, according to Page Six.
The Sussexes were seen outside the eatery with Diaz, Madden and their bodyguard Dave Langdown – but there were no pictures of Paltrow, Herd or their spouses.
It marked the first time Harry and Meghan have been seen in public since the Duke flew back to London to watch his father King Charles III’s Coronation on May 6.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (centre) are seen leaving Sushi Bar Montecito in California last Friday with Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden (right) and bodyguard Dave Langdown (left)
Prince Harry and Meghan leave Sushi Bar Montecito last Friday with Cameron Diaz (right)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex smile as they walked out of Sushi Bar Montecito last Friday
The Sussexes are seen outside the eatery with their bodyguard Dave Langdown last Friday
Meghan, 41, wore a brown long-sleeved dress, with matching open-toed sandals and a slicked-back low ponytail – as well as a white bucket bag and gold earrings.
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Harry, 38, followed his wife to the car at around 7pm that evening, wearing a casual outfit comprising white jeans, a black T-shirt and sand-coloured shoes.
The couple are then said to have turned the corner and left in a SUV, which was waiting for the couple outside the Montecito Inn on Coast Village Road.
Any friendship between the Sussexes and Diaz was previously unknown until the pictures were released, with Harry denying claims he had dated Diaz in his controversy biography Spare earlier this year.
There had been claims circling in 2011 that they were dating after meeting at an exclusive £3,500-a-year gym in South Kensington, West London.
But Harry, writing about how his dating life was referred to in books, said in Spare: ‘I seem to recall one detailing my flirtation with Cameron Diaz. “Harry just couldn’t see himself with her”, the author reported.
‘Indeed I couldn’t, since we’d never met. I was never within 50 metres of Ms Diaz, further proof that if you like reading pure b*****ks then royal biographies are just your thing.’
As for Paltrow, again there has been no previous indication that she is friends with the Sussexes – although Meghan was said to have been inspired by her Goop brand when producing her lifestyle website The Tig, which shut down in 2017 when her relationship with Harry was announced.
Cameron Diaz with her husband, Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden (pictured in 2016)
Harry and Meghan were also claimed to have been joined by Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, TV producer Brad Falchuk (pictured together in September 2019)
Bumble chief executive Whitney Wolfe Herd and her husband Texas oil heir Michael Herd (pictured in April 2018) were also reported to have been at the sushi restaurant in Montecito
Their chosen restaurant to meet was Sushi Bar Montecito, which is described on its website as: ‘Chef Phillip Frankland Lee’s Omakase Restaurant that serves up a whimsy of its namesake fare in 17 courses.
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‘Behind the door lies an intimate counter housing 10 prized seats where you will sit right up to the chef’s cutting boards.
‘Relax and enjoy as the chefs prepare a playful reverie on new wave nigiri and other delicacies from both land and sea in a free form interpretive take on the traditional sushi counter experience where you can expect unexpected riffs on beloved standards.’
The sushi restaurant will set you back $165 per person if you eat from their omakase menu – and diners have to pay a $25 deposit to secure a booking.
The eatery has created an intimate dining experience for visitors – with just one mini counter with seating for ten people ‘to ensure a deeply personalized experience’.
‘Your time here is bound to pass in a blissful haze of convivial chatter,’ the Michelin guide reads.
Their appearance comes after it emerged that the King raised a glass to toast the fourth birthday of Harry’s son Archie at Buckingham Palace in a moving tribute to the grandson he has barely seen.
Despite the ongoing acrimony with Harry, who was on a plane back to the US within hours of his father being crowned, emotional Charles made a point of mentioning his absent grandchildren as well as those present on his big day.
The poignant moment came at a private family gathering at the palace following his Westminster Abbey crowning and appearance on the balcony with Queen Camilla.
It is understood that an invitation had been politely extended to Harry to join the family lunch but he decided to return to California to celebrate Archie’s big day.
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