With his security by his side, Harry, 37, blended into the crowded bar arriving without ceremony shortly after 5.30pm to the melodic background of a jazz pianist.
There was no sign of Meghan, 40, as he sat in a discrete corner of the banquette, where his security approached an older couple from Brooklyn and asked them not to take pictures.
Harry spoke animatedly, gesturing frequently, with a glass of white wine set before him at what appeared to be a business meeting.
It’s unknown at this point who the middle-aged men and woman seen in DailyMail.com’s photos were. The two men in the photos were dressed in black suits and the woman wore a white blazer.
After about 45 minutes, Harry left clutching an iPad and notebook, shook hands and walked out with his security guard.
A source told DailyMail.com, ‘We get everyone in here. She (Meghan) was in last night. Bill Clinton sat here and spoke to people for three hours. He’s a people person. This guy [Harry] not so much. I don’t blame him.’
This is the Sussexes’ first public trip to New York City since their permanent move from England to Meghan’s native California in March 2020.
Prince Harry is seen talking to a group of people in the corner of – Bemelmans Bar – upscale New York City hotspot on Manhattan’s Upper East Side
Prince Harry was spotted in the swanky NYC bar without Meghan around 5:30pm Thursday
Prince Harry spent about 45 minutes with a group of people and left with a notebook and iPad around between 6pm and 6:30pm
Harry and a group of people were seen in The Carlyle Hotel bar Thursday night. It’s unknown who they were or where Meghan was
The Carlyle Hotel: New York City’s star-studded ‘tower of power’ that once hosted Princess Diana, JFK and Michael Jackson
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are far from the first big names to grace the floors of £1,300-a-night The Carlyle Hotel in New York City.
Meghan and Harry were pictured enjoying drinks at Bemelmans, the swanky 1947 piano bar that has been frequented by Bono, Mariah Carey, John Mayer and Billy Joel.
Princess Diana was known to be a regular guest at The Carlyle, known as New York’s ‘Tower of Power’ which enjoys spectacular roof top views of Central Park.
And other royals, including Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have also stayed there in 2005 and 2014 respectively.
Designed in Art Deco style and built in 1930, today The Carlyle boasts 190 rooms and suites.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pictured arriving at The Carlyle ahead of their 2014 New York trip
A stone’s throw away from the city’s famous Madison Avenue, The Carlyle boasts of offering its elite clientele the perfect blend of ‘discretion and grace’.
The historical landmark has seen a wealth of stars, celebrities and world leaders pass through its halls over the past 80 years.
Woody Allen was known to have played clarinet in the cafe, while guests have reported brushing shoulders with Steve Jobs, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger while using the lifts.
At least six former U.S presidents called on The Carlyle as a home away from home, with insiders dubbing the luxury hotel the New York White House as a result.
President John F. Kennedy even reportedly snuck Marilyn Monroe into his 34th floor room through the service entrance and backdoors of the hotel.
The couple has been staying in the pricey Manhattan hotel for the duration of their four-day trip.
They left their children – Archie and Lilibet in Los Angeles – during their four-day trip to the Big Apple, according to witnesses.
The nightcap ended a long day Thursday, during which the couple made their way through New York City and given the A-list treatment.
A large security detail chaperoned them around as they mingled with UN officials and New York politicians.
The Sussexes – who dramatically quit their roles as working royals last year – visited the 9/11 memorial at One World Trade Center Thursday morning and then met with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield at 50 UN Plaza in Manhattan Thursday afternoon for an ‘important discussion’ on COVID-19, racial justice and mental health.
Harry and Meghan spent hours at the somber 9/11 memorial less two weeks after the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks.
They were joined by New York Governor Kathy Hochul, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, National September 11 Memorial & Museum President Alice Greenwald and Patricia Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropy.
While atop the One World Trade Center, Meghan smiled and said ‘it’s wonderful to be back’ in New York – almost exactly two years from her last visit in September 2019 when she cheered on close friend and tennis star Serena Williams at the US Open.
The Duchess spoke moments before she and her husband visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, to pay their respects. Mayor de Blasio shared a live stream of himself and Hochul with the royal couple posing for photos in front of the observation deck’s floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer stunning views of New York and New Jersey.
He captioned the video: ‘The tragedy of September 11 touched the entire world, and it’s still felt today.
‘We’re honored to join Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, at One World Observatory.’
The group put masks on to enter the building, removed them for photos at the top, then put them back on after the photo opportunity.
Afterwards, the Sussexes came back down to ground-level, and posed with Hochul, de Blasio, the mayor’s wife and son for another photo.
They hugged, smile and laughed before Harry and Meghan walked down towards the 9/11 memorial alone. A fan shouted ‘you look beautiful Meghan, I love you!’ prompting the Duchess to smile and wave, saying ‘Thank you.’
Meghan and Harry parted ways with the lawmakers at the entrance to the tower to then visit the 9/11 memorial pools and museum.
They first visited the North Tower memorial pool, spending several minutes looking at the names of those killed in the attacks, which are inscribed around the edges of both pools.
Harry was seen putting a protective arm around his wife as they paid their respects at the monument.
They then walked to the nearby South Tower memorial pool, chatting with Greenwald and Harris, before taking a moment of silence in front of a wreath next to the survivor tree.
Harry and Meghan were shown the South Tower pool moments after visiting the adjoining North Tower memorial pool. Patricia Harris from Bloomberg Philanthropy, pictured in green, also joined the couple
The couple took a moment of silence at the wreath on the site of the Twin Towers during their trip to the Big Apple
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted leaving the luxury Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan Thursday afternoon for their trip to the United Nations building
The Sussexes then went into the museum, which sits underneath the reflecting pools, and offers a comprehensive retelling of the 2001 terror outrage.
They spent around 30 minutes inside before they driven to their next destination in a black Range Rover.
On their way back to their swanky Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, they stopped by the United Nations building.
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.
Further details on what the Sussexes discussed with the ambassador have yet to be shared but the former actress and former working royal appeared to mean business, carrying folders to and from the visit.
They left the UN around 2pm to visit the World Health Organization headquarters at 885 Second Avenue, where they emerged carrying both WHO documents and documents featuring their Archewell Foundation branding.
Then they were seen piling back into their SUVs to head back to their hotel for the night.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield (right) tweeted photos from what she described as a ‘wonderful’ visit Thursday afternoon with Prince Harry and Meghan (left side) and said they discussed COVID-19, racial justice and mental health
Meghan and Prince Harry hold hands as they leave their meeting at the World Health Organization holding documents about WHO the NYC building
The night before – Wednesday – the couple was spotted in the Carlyle Hotel bar partying with Misha Noonoo and Mikey Heiss in the hotel’s ritzy lobby bar kickstart their tour of the city, exclusive pictures for MailOnline show.
Misha and Mikey’s relationship reportedly goes back years, according to last year’s bombshell biography Finding Freedom – co-authored by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand – which documented Meghan and Misha friendship.
It alleges how Markus Anderson, Soho Houses global membership director, provided the royal with introductions to many business and cultural elites – both in Canada and further afield.
The authors wrote, ‘At a Soho House lunch in Miami, he was the one who sat the actress next to Misha, a budding fashion designer with a vivacious personality and impeccable pedigree.
‘The occasion for the December 2014 Miami trip was Art Basel, a decadent art fair that brings the internationally rich and famous for a week of parties and events of all sorts and sizes.
‘Markus invited Meghan, an art lover, to stay at the epicenter of the action, Soho Beach House, to set some sun, see some art, and have some fun.
‘A perfect place to make new friends and connections, the Soho house event saw Misha and Meghan hit it off immediately.’
The biography goes on to suggest Misha and Markus were behind Meghan and Prince Harry’s first meeting.
It’s thought the Duchess’ close pals set the pair, who are now living in the US, up on a blind date in London.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were last night spotted out partying in New York with Misha Nonoo and Mikey Hess as they kickstarted their tour of the city, exclusive pictures for MailOnline show
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their huge security team descended on the swanky Bemelmans Bar in the $1,300-a-night Carlyle Hotel, where they were drinking with Misha Nonoo and Mikey Hess
They found a cozy corner in the swanky Bemelmans Bar in the £1,300-a-night Carlyle Hotel during their visit there Wednesday night
The Duchess has continued to support her friend by wearing Misha Nonoo styles over the years and donned the famous ‘Boyfriend shirt’ for her first appearance alongside Prince Harry, and also wore another of Misha’s designs for her final day of meetings in the UK before stepping back from royal duties.
Harry and Meghan arrived Wednesday night with an entourage of tens of cars and about 20 guards. They pulled up with tens of cars and about 20 guards.
Onlookers watched as their hired muscle took over tables around them as they tried to blend in while they sipped pre-dinner cocktails and chatted with Nonoo and her oil baron husband Hess.
Meghan and Harry dressed in complementary dark outfits – although the Duchess was in heavy clothing for NYC’s humid 85F weather
Self proclaimed eco-warriors Meghan and Harry have motored around New York City in convoy of THREE gas-guzzling SUVs for at least THREE photo ops – and meeting at the UN
Self proclaimed eco-warriors Prince Harry and Meghan Markle traipsed around New York City for a day packed with celebrity photo ops in a convoy of three gas-guzzling SUVs.
The woke pair first traveled to the One World Trade Center early this morning where they posed for photos with Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio before heading down to the 9/11 Memorial.
From there, they made a pit stop back to the luxury Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side where the top-tier suite costs up to a staggering $8,800 a night. The couple are staying there for the duration of their four-day trip and were seen dining in the swanky hotel restaurant Wednesday night, after arriving into the Big Apple from their home in California.
Shortly after midday, they then traveled to the United Nations for a 40-minute meeting where they had an ‘important discussion’ on COVID-19, racial justice and mental health with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
They are scheduled to appear at Saturday’s Global Citizen concert in Central Park which focuses on vaccine equity. It is currently unclear how they will spend Friday.
The luxury convoy carting them around the city, which included at least two Range Rovers and one dark SUV, has CO2 emissions of 235g/km per car. The couple would have traveled a minimum of 20 miles across New York City.
It’s not clear whether Harry and Meghan traveled to New York City private plane or commercial airline from their home in Montecito, where they have left Archie and three-month-old Lilibet.
A convoy of thre SUVs, including a Range Rover and a dark black SUV, carried the couple across New York City
Harry and Meghan are rumored to be staying at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, and are in New York for three days
The couple’s latest environment gaffe comes just four months after Harry said climate change was one of ‘the most pressing issues we are facing’.
Speaking to Oprah Winfrey on Apple TV, Harry said: ‘With kids growing up in today’s world, pretty depressing, right, depending on where you live, your home country is either on fire, it’s either underwater, houses or forests are being flattened.’
But despite his lecture on climate change, in August Harry took a millionaire friend’s $45 million private jet home from Aspen, Colorado to Santa Barbara after attending a celebrity polo match.
The two-hour flight, which could have emitted as much as ten tonnes of CO2.
Royal author Tom Quinn said after Harry’s August private jet trip: ‘This appears to be enormously hypocritical, given all his talk about climate change.
‘Harry seems to see himself as someone who guides the rest of the world and that his own behaviour isn’t relevant. It is a huge blind spot.’
The controversy emerged as Prince Charles issued his robust challenge to big business to join his crusade for action ‘before it’s finally too late’.
The heir to the throne says that humanity’s ‘only hope’ is for business chiefs to join world leaders in an ‘epic battle’ to avert ‘climate catastrophe’.
In August Harry took a millionaire friend’s $61 million private jet home from Aspen, Colorado to Santa Barbara after attending a celebrity polo match
Writing exclusively for the Daily Mail, the Prince of Wales said: ‘We now have no alternative – we have to do all we possibly can in the short time left to us to avoid the enormous climate catastrophe that has already begun to show its face in the most terrifying ways.’
After flying to London in July, Harry returned to Los Angeles where he made use of an ultra-exclusive and lavish private airport service called The Private Suite.
It sent a luxury gas-guzzling Chevrolet SUV to whisk him away when he landed at LAX from London earlier this month.
The PS service, which has been described as ‘the most VIP way through the airport’, is one step up from first class and one step down from using a private jet.
Members, who sign up for $4,500 a year and then pay another $3,450 per trip, are invited to exit the plane on their own private stairs before any other passenger, then are loaded into the back of their own SUV and driven to a private terminal where they get to collect their luggage and go through passport control in splendid isolation.
The PS website describes itself as ‘a private airport experience’ and says: ‘PS reimagines the airport experience for the seasoned and discerning traveler.’
Harry previously attracted criticism for taking four private jet flights in 11 days, including to a climate change summit in Sicily.
That summer, Harry and Meghan took Elton John’s private plane from Ibiza, where they had been holidaying with Archie, to the singer’s home in Nice, France.
Harry arrived at One World Trade Center at 8:14am, shortly after Mayor de Blasio and Governor Kathy Hochul
The matter raised a storm of controversy, particularly as Harry launched his ‘eco’ travel initiative Travalyst soon afterwards. Sir Elton loyally raged about ‘spurious’ criticism and said that he had paid to carbon offset the impact of the trip.
Later that year, Harry claimed that ’99 per cent’ of his flights were commercial after taking a scheduled flight to Amsterdam to promote Travalyst, a scheme that promotes environmentally-friendly tourism.
Speaking at the event, the prince refused to apologize for private flights to Italy, France and Spain, saying: ‘I spend 99 per cent of my life travelling the world by commercial.
‘Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity [to fly privately] based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe – it’s as simple as that. For me it’s about balance. It’s not a decision I would want to take, but if I have to do that, I will ensure that I balance out the impact that I have.’
At the time, Harry dismissed concerns over his carbon footprint by insisting that he ‘offsets’ his emissions by donating to renewable energy incentives and planting trees.