Prince Harry appeared to be sporting a secret mic during his visit with Meghan Markle to an iconic Harlem soul food joint Friday, in a sign the couple may have been recording their New York tour as part of their multi-million dollar Netflix and Spotify contracts.
A tell-tale wire was spotted poking out from underneath the prince’s shirt and trailing into his chino pocket as he leaned forward to hug Melba restaurant owner Melba Wilson that afternoon.
Other photos taken of the couple’s outing Friday – first to a Harlem school and then onto the local food joint – also suggest Harry was wearing a wire.
The 37-year-old wore his long-sleeved polo shirt open, revealing a sneak peak of what appeared to be a dark wire around his neck.
Meghan, 40, meanwhile has sported unusually heavy, long coats for all of their engagements during their New York City tour, which would hide any mic system from view.
For their outings on Thursday and Saturday, Harry was kitted out in smart suits and collared shirts – also disguising any potential wires beneath – with Friday’s casual outfit seemingly giving the game away.
Harry appeared to be sporting a secret mic during his visit with Meghan Markle to an iconic Harlem soul food joint Friday, in a sign the couple may have been recording the NYC tour
A tell-tale wire was spotted poking out from underneath the prince’s shirt and trailing into his chino pocket as he leaned forward to hug Melba restaurant owner Melba Wilson
The couple has been working to carve out careers in Hollywood since quitting their roles as senior working members of the royal family last January.
The couple founded production company Archewell Productions and struck a five-year deal with Netflix in the fall, which is rumored 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 uplifts and entertains audiences around the world.’
Spotify said a full series would launch in 2021 but, as of September, the couple have only released one holiday special in December which featured their son Archie and Elton John.
Harry also recently took part in a six-episode series on mental health for Apple TV+ called The Me You Can’t See.
In it, he sat opposite Oprah Winfrey as they discussed mental health.
It is not clear if the couple are recording their New York City trip as part of their contract with Netflix or Spotify – or as another commercial venture.
The couple has not publicly announced plans to televise their trip to the Big Apple.
However, much of their visit has largely been kept under wraps with the purpose and contents of their closed-door meetings with lawmakers and officials being closely guarded.
On Saturday, the couple visited the United Nations building to meet with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, ahead of Global Citizen Live – which is expected to be their final stop on the tour this evening
Meghan opted for a head-to-toe camel-colored outfit with a $4,214 cashmere Max Mara coat, wide-legged pants and matching shirt and stiletto court shoes, with her hair swept back into a smooth bun.
The couple arrive at Melba’s in Harlem for a spot of lunch. Harry wore his long-sleeved polo shirt open, revealing a sneak peak of what appeared to be a dark wire around his neck
What appears to be a wire is seen in a photo of Harry sitting among the second-grade students on the ground at a Harlem school as they listen to Meghan read her book
The duchess appeared to have missed the weather forecast for the day yet again with temperatures are expected to reach 76F in the Big Apple Saturday. Meghan, who hails from California where the couple now live, has opted for heavy coats throughout the trip to the East Coast.
Harry, meanwhile, sported a smart suit and dark tie for their meeting, with the couple wearing matching black face masks and carrying black portfolio briefcases.
The morning outing comes ahead of the concert in New York City’s Central Park where Meghan and Harry will take to the stage in a call for COVID-19 vaccine equity.
The Sussexes will join the star-studded set of artists, celebrities and world leaders for the concert which aims to raise awareness and money for a number of issues, including vaccine inequity, poverty and climate change.
Among the headline performers are Jennifer Lopez, Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello and Lizzo.
It is one of seven coordinated concerts across the world in Lagos, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and Sydney as part of a 24-hour broadcast event.
The potential wire is a sign the couple may have been recording their New York tour as part of their multi-million dollar Netflix and Spotify contracts
Meghan meanwhile has sported unusually heavy, long coats for all of their engagements during their New York City tour, which would hide any mic system from view
All attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination to enter the outdoor event.
People can also tune in to watch the event live from 1pm on Global Citizen’s YouTube page.
On Friday, the couple visited iconic Harlem joint Melba’s for lunch where they enjoyed Southern fried chicken and eggnog waffles, catfish with chipotle mayo, spring rolls with rice, black-eyed peas and collard greens.
The owner, who was spotted chatting with and hugging the couple, later thanked them on the restaurant’s social media pages for a promised $25,000 donation towards the business’s COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund to help workers impacted by the pandemic.
Their visit came after a trip to the nearby PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school in Harlem that morning where Meghan read to students from her children’s book The Bench.
The duchess sported a $7,500 designer pant suit and around $387,000 worth of jewelry for the visit to the school where 94 percent of children are eligible for free meals and 95 percent face economic hardship.
Harry in a six-episode series on mental health for Apple TV+ called The Me You Can’t See
Dressed in a $5,840 Loro Piana cashmere coat, matching $1,680 pants and shoes thought to be $665 Manolo Blahnik red suede pointed toe pumps, Meghan read aloud to the children who sat cross-legged on cushions on the ground.
She accessorized her look with around $387,000 worth of jewelry including her $350,000 engagement ring, a $4,500 diamond ring from her first public engagement with Harry as his fiancee, Princess Diana’s $23,000 Cartier Tank watch, a $6,900 Cartier Love bracelet, and a $3,000 Jennifer Meyer tennis bracelet.
While there was no expense spared for Meghan’s outfit for the visit – which designed to promote early literacy – data from NYC Department of Education reveals an estimated 95 percent of students at the public school fall on the economic need index.
The index means they face economic hardship, based on 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 Markle and Prince Harry visited the United Nations building to meet with Un Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed Saturday
The Sussexes were seen leaving the UN building around 90 minutes after arriving clutching documents and business folders
Meghan and Harry donated copies of her book to the school, two garden boxes filled with vegetables and herbs, and stocked the school’s pantry with personal health and hygiene supplies.
They plan to donate a washer and dryer to the school as well so more children can have clean uniforms.
Friday’s outing was a more relaxed occasion to the day before, where they rubbed shoulders with New York lawmakers and UN and WHO officials and paid their respects to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at Ground Zero.
On Thursday morning, they first visited the One World Trade Center observatory where they met with New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and de Blasio’s family.
While atop the One World Trade Center, Meghan said ‘it’s wonderful to be back’ in New York – following her last visit in September 2019 when she cheered on close friend and tennis star Serena Williams at the US Open.
The couple then parted ways with the officials and took a tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, joined by National September 11 Memorial & Museum President Alice Greenwald and Patricia Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropy.
The couple pictured at the iconic Harlem joint Melba’s meeting with owner Melba Wilson
Meghan read her book The Bench to children at PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school in Harlem
The Sussexes visited both pools on 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 by a wreath.
They spent around 30 minutes inside the museum before being whisked back to their hotel for a quick pit stop and outfit change.
Around midday, they traveled 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 described the meeting as ‘wonderful’ as she shared snaps of the trio chatting on sofas in a lounge area and then posing in front of UN branding.
Meghan and Harry then paid a visit to the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters at 885 Second Avenue, for a meeting on vaccine equity with Chelsea Clinton and other health experts including WHO assistant director-general Stewart Simonson.
That night, Harry was spotted in Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel chatting animatedly 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 working members of the royal family back in January 2020.