Meghan Markle ‘Given Nickname By California Neighbours’

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
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Meghan Markle has been given the nickname ‘The Princess of Montecito’ by neighbours due to her reportedly wanting ‘secluded tables’ when making a reservation at a restaurant.

According to Closer magazine, a source has reportedly claimed that the Duchess of Sussex will make bookings in advance and make certain requests.

The article states: “If she’s going into Beverly Hills or West Hollywood for lunch or dinner, she’ll generally call ahead and request a table that is completely secluded.

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“Some of her favourite places were off the beaten track and not all that well-known, like gourmet sushi joints in the downtown area or authentic Mexican places in the area she grew up in.

“But, generally speaking, these days she likes higher-end hangouts like Cecconi’s, Sunset Tower, Sugarfish or Lucky’s steakhouse in Montecito, which was recommended to them by Oprah. 

“It’s become their favourite and they’re waited on hand and foot. The bills can often reach up to $5,000, but Meghan and her friends are happy to pay.”

This lavish lifestyle Markle has reportedly carved out for herself has apparently led to her gaining a nickname among locals in California.

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Since moving to Montecito, Prince Harry and Markle have struck up friendships with a number of A-listers such as James Corden, Serena Williams, Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry, who they are neighbours with. 

According to the gossip magazine, the couple now likes to keep things ‘private’. 

A source reportedly told the magazine: “There’s a lot more going on in Meghan’s world than people think, she just keeps it very private these days but her royal status gives her a lot of leverage. She spends most of her time in Montecito, but she heads into LA every week or so.” 

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.