To say Meghan Markle’s life has majorly changed since her engagement to Prince Harry would be an understatement. She’s swapped near anonymity in a quiet corner of Toronto filming Suits for a packed royal calendar, a home in the grounds of Kensington Palace and constant paparazzi.
‘She can't go anywhere without people recognizing her. Everyone is in wedding fever so if it isn't ordinary citizens who might stop her, it's the photographers who want to know everything they possibly can about the future royal,’ a source told E! News.
However, it seems Meghan and her fiancé have some cunning ways of avoiding press attention and sneaking around London without being noticed.
‘There are six exits and entrances. She's been able to get in and out when she needs to, and she's doing very well with managing to go incognito,’ the source said.
‘Kate can be spotted almost every day if people looked for her. But Meghan and Harry have taken their privacy to a whole new level. They swap cars all the time, Meghan's been using different disguises, hats. They're being extremely clever so they can go in and out without being seen,’ they added.
Subsequently it is very rare that Meghan is spotted out and about in London, and if she does leave the palace she is picky about where to go.
These are her favourite spots...
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Clinic
There is one woman in London who Meghan trusts with her skin: A-List facialist Sarah Chapman. Her Sloane Square clinic is Meghan’s go-to when it comes to getting that glow before her wedding.
Whole Foods’ flagship High Street Kensington branch is handily located right by the palace. Back when Meghan was first dating the Prince and less sly about her visits she was famously papped with her Whole Foods bags in hand waiting at the gate.
Meghan shops locally and has been spotted in a number of high end boutiques in the Chelsea area. One of her favourites is Heidi Klein’s swimwear store off Sloane Street where she was seen prior to her New Year Trip to Monaco with her soon-to-be-husband.
Dean Street Townhouse
If Meghan ventures into Central London for dinner she is likely to be found in Soho at Dean Street Townhouse - a favourite of hers and the location of her first date with Prince Harry.
If London gets too much for Meghan she heads to Soho House’s countryside outpost, Soho Farmhouse. The rural retreat in Oxfordshire has been a regular haunt for Meghan since she started spending time in the UK after meeting Prince Harry.
National History Musuem
It seems Meghan and Harry like to make the most of the plethora of museums on the doorstep, in particular the National History Museum in South Kensington. For one of their early dates Harry managed to take Meghan on a tour of the building while it was closed to the public to avoid unwanted attention.