Harry and Meghan are they recording a New York tour for Netflix or Spotify?
Prince Harry appeared to be wearing a secret mic during his visit with Meghan Markle to an iconic Harlem soul food restaurant on Friday, a sign the couple may have recorded their New York tour as part of their Netflix and Spotify contracts. of several million dollars.
A revealing thread was seen under the prince’s shirt and trailing in his chinos pocket as he leaned forward to kiss Melba restaurant owner Melba Wilson that afternoon.
Other photos taken of the couple’s outing on Friday – first at a Harlem school, then at the local restaurant – also suggest Harry was wearing a yarn.
The 37-year-old wore his long-sleeved polo shirt open, revealing a glimpse of what appeared to be a black thread around his neck.
Meghan, 40, meanwhile sported unusually heavy and long coats for all of her engagements during her New York tour, which would obscure any mic system.
For their Thursday and Saturday outings, Harry was outfitted in smart suits and collared shirts – also hiding any potential threads underneath – with Friday’s casual outfit seemingly giving the game away.
The couple have been struggling to carve out a career in Hollywood since stepping down as senior royals last January.
The couple founded production company Archewell Productions and struck a five-year deal with Netflix in the fall, which is estimated to be worth around $ 100 million.
In December, they announced an exclusive deal – worth an estimated $ 25 million – with Spotify for their Archewell Audio podcast, which they said would include podcasts and programming “that uplift and entertain audiences around the world. “.
Spotify announced that a full series would launch in 2021 but, as of September, the couple had only released one December vacation special starring their son Archie and Elton John.
Harry also recently appeared in a six-episode mental health series for Apple TV + called The Me You Can’t See.
In it, he sat across from Oprah Winfrey as they discussed mental health.
It’s not clear whether the couple are recording their trip to New York City as part of their contract with Netflix or Spotify – or as part of some other commercial venture.
The couple have not publicly announced their plans to televise their trip to the Big Apple.
However, much of their visit was largely kept under wraps, with the purpose and content of their closed-door meetings with lawmakers and officials closely watched.
On Saturday, the couple visited the United Nations building to meet with United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed ahead of Global Citizen Live – which is expected to be their final stop on the tour tonight.
Meghan opted for a camel-colored outfit from head to toe with a $ 4,214 Max Mara cashmere coat, wide leg pants and a matching shirt and stiletto pumps, with her hair pulled back into a smooth bun. .
The Duchess appeared to have missed the day’s weather forecast yet again, with temperatures set to hit 76F in the Big Apple on Saturday. Meghan, from California where the couple now live, opted for thick coats throughout the trip to the east coast.
Harry, meanwhile, wore a fancy suit and black tie for their reunion, with the couple wearing matching black masks and carrying black briefcases.
The morning outing precedes the concert in Central Park in New York where Meghan and Harry will take the stage in a call for fairness from the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Sussexes will join the star-studded ensemble of artists, celebrities and world leaders for the concert which aims to raise awareness and raise funds for a number of issues, including vaccine inequality, poverty and climate change.
Featured artists include Jennifer Lopez, Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello and Lizzo.
This is one of seven coordinated concerts around the world in Lagos, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Sydney as part of a 24-hour broadcast event.
All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination to participate in the outdoor event.
People can also tune in to watch the event live from 1 p.m. on Global Citizen’s YouTube page.
On Friday, the couple visited Harlem’s iconic Melba joint for lunch where they enjoyed waffles with fried chicken and southern eggnog, catfish with chipotle mayonnaise, spring rolls with rice. , black-eyed peas and collard greens.
The owner, who was seen chatting with and hugging the couple, later thanked them on the restaurant’s social media pages for a pledged $ 25,000 donation to the COVID- Employee Relief Fund. 19 company to help workers affected by the pandemic.
Their visit came after a trip to nearby PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school in Harlem that morning, where Meghan read to students the children’s book The Bench.
The Duchess wore a $ 7,500 pantsuit and around $ 387,000 in jewelry for the school visit where 94% of children are entitled to free meals and 95% face economic hardship.
Dressed in a $ 5,840 Loro Piana cashmere coat, paired with $ 1,680 pants and shoes that are believed to be the $ 665 Manolo Blahnik red suede point-toe pumps, Meghan read to aloud to children sitting cross-legged on cushions on the floor.
She accessorized her look with around $ 387,000 in jewelry, including her $ 350,000 engagement ring, a $ 4,500 diamond ring from her first public engagement with Harry as a bride, the 23,000 Cartier Tank watch. $ from Princess Diana, a Cartier Love bracelet of $ 6,900 and a Jennifer Meyer tennis shoe of $ 3,000. bracelet.
While no expense was spared in keeping Meghan for the visit – which aims to promote early literacy – data from the New York Department of Education reveals that around 95% of students in the public school fall on the economic needs index.
The index means they are facing economic hardship, due to temporary housing, eligibility for public assistance and census poverty rates.
A total of 94 percent of students are also eligible for free meals, according to Public School Review. This compares to 51 percent of students across the state.
Meghan and Harry donated copies of her book to school, two garden boxes filled with vegetables and herbs, and stocked the school pantry with personal health and hygiene supplies .
They also plan to donate a washer and dryer to the school so more children can have clean uniforms.
Friday’s outing was a more relaxed occasion than the day before, where they rubbed shoulders with New York lawmakers and UN and WHO officials and paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at Ground Zero.
On Thursday morning, they first visited the One World Trade Center observatory where they met New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and de Blasio’s family.
While atop One World Trade Center, Meghan said ‘it’s wonderful to be back’ in New York – after her last visit in September 2019 when she cheered on her close friend and tennis star Serena Williams at the US Open.
The couple then parted ways with those in charge and took a tour of the 9/11 memorial and museum, joined by the chair of the 9/11 memorial and museum, Alice Greenwald and Patricia Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropy.
The Sussexes visited the two pools at the sites where the North Tower and South Tower once stood, reading the names of the victims inscribed on the memorials and taking a moment of silence near a wreath.
They spent about 30 minutes inside the museum before being taken back to their hotel for a quick stop and a change of outfit.
At around noon, they headed to 50 UN Plaza for a meeting with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield on COVID-19, racial justice and mental health.
The ambassador called the meeting “wonderful” as she shared snapshots of the trio chatting on sofas in a living room, then posing in front of the UN brand.
Meghan and Harry then traveled to the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters at 885 Second Avenue for a vaccine equity meeting with Chelsea Clinton and other health experts, including WHO Deputy Director-General Stewart Simonson.
That night Harry was spotted in the Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel animatedly chatting with the people at his table – with no sign of Meghan in sight.
Their tour of the Big Apple marks their first major public appearance since they shocked the world by announcing they were stepping down as senior royals in January 2020.