NEW YORK – Meghan Markle may be seven months pregnant, but she isn’t letting that stop her from enjoying every minute of her surprise trip to New York City – including indulging in a night out at one of the Big Apple’s most exclusive eateries with some of her closest friends.
The 37-year-old, who arrived in Manhattan on Friday for a secret five-night trip in order to attend a baby shower being thrown for her by her nearest and dearest pals, was pictured heading out to Ralph Lauren’s swanky restaurant The Polo Bar on Tuesday night alongside fellow mothers Serena Williams and Jessica Mulroney.
Despite a busy day spent catching up with friends, Meghan looked fresh-faced and full of energy as she arrived at the high-end eatery – which is also known to be a favorite of President Donald Trump’s, and is located just a few block’s from his tower on Fifth Avenue.
The party spent three hours inside the restaurant before stepping back out into the chilly New York night. Meghan and Serena were then spotted arriving back at their lavish hotel, The Mark, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Mother-to-be Meghan looked every inch the glamorous royal as she made her way into the restaurant, escorted by the same group of burly officers from the State Department and royal protection officers.
The pregnant duchess recycled the same $3,085 (£2,250) navy Victoria Beckham coat that she was seen wearing in images published exclusively by DailyMail.com on Monday evening – the first photos taken of Meghan since she arrived in the Big Apple on Friday evening.
She paired the chic double-breasted coat with a black scarf, a pair of black satin boots – thought to be from Isabel Marant – and a $1,140 (£915) black chain-handle handbag by vegan designer Stella McCartney.
Meghan also modeled a much more glamorous makeup look than she had been seen wearing during the day, modeling a dark smokey eyeshadow, while emphasizing her natural pregnancy glow with some highlighter and bronzer.
As the former actress climbed out of her SUV – which appeared to be the same State Department vehicle she has been using all day – she couldn’t help but flash a wide smile, no doubt at the prospect of spending an evening with some of her closest pals, many of whom live an ocean away from the royal’s home with Prince Harry at Kensington Palace.
Meghan’s husband may well have been in her mind however thanks to the choice of venue.
Not only is The Polo Bar known to be a much-loved celebrity haunt, the restaurant is also themed entirely around the popular equestrian sport from which it takes its name, a sport that Prince Harry has been playing for decades.
Meghan and Serena have actually watched one of Harry’s polo matches together, along with the tennis pro’s husband Alexis Ohanian, who joined the two women to cheer on the prince in the Audi Polo Challenge in Oxfordshire back in July, not long after Meghan and Harry tied the knot.
And there would have been plenty of reminders of that fun summer day inside the restaurant.
In the main dining room, which is located downstairs, diners are met with a myriad of equestrian-themed artworks that cover the walls, while riding helmets and polo mallets can be found hanging on hooks near the bathroom, just waiting for a few social media-savvy patrons to pose for a photo or two.
Upstairs, the is an intimate bar area, where diners can enjoy one of the many cocktails on the extensive menu, which not only features classic cocktails like the Moscow Mule and the Old Fashioned, it also boasts a number of signature reserve cocktails, including the Jockey Club and the Improved Negroni.
There is even a drink on the menu named after Meghan’s father-in-law, the Prince of Wales, a $22 drink that is made of High West Rendezvous Rye, Cherry Heering, honey, pineapple, and Champagne.
The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list, featuring bottles from around the world, including a particularly pricey $18,000 1891 Brunello di Montalcino.
As for the food, which was no doubt pregnant Meghan’s focus, as opposed to the alcohol offerings, The Polo Bar boasts a host of classic American dishes, from a house chopped salad that retails for $18 to a 16oz New York strip steak, which costs $55.
The restaurant even has its own signature hot dog, the $20 RRL Hot Dog, which comes complete with sauerkraut, sweet relish and mustard, all served on a toasted brioche bun.