The Duke and Duchess of Sussex settle into an exclusive New York hotel frequented by celebrities, presidents and Princess Diana
On Wednesday evening, the California couple were joined by old friends Misha Noonoo and Mikey Heiss, dining and drinking martinis for three hours before retiring to their room, according to reports.
A waiter in a white jacket and bow tie told The Telegraph: âIt’s not something we get every day. Celebrities come here all the time, but it’s different. There is a real buzz around the place. “
Rooms at the Carlyle, which bills itself as “an emblem of New York glamor and luxury,” start at around $ 1,250 but can cost up to $ 9,000 for the Presidential Suite.
The three-bedroom luxury apartment offers 360-degree city views and was once called the Royal Suite, but it’s unclear whether the Duke and Duchess, who are no longer ‘principal members of the royal family , Are staying in the 1,800 square foot 22nd floor room.
In 2014, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed at the hotel on their trip to the Big Apple and made use of the Royal Suite.
The one-of-a-kind room features a private elevator, Venetian plaster walls, grand piano, floor-to-ceiling windows, full kitchen and office space.
During their three-day stay, which was an official royal tour, unlike the visit undertaken by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the couple dined with Hillary Clinton, went to a Brooklyn Nets basketball game, and a visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. .
But the royal family’s association with the Carlyles goes back much further.
Prince Charles stayed there and the late Princess Diana was a regular guest, especially during the last years of their marriage.
A 2018 hotel documentary titled “Always the Carlyle” featured Piers Morgan telling the story of the Duke’s mother joined in the hotel elevator by Steve Jobs and Michael Jackson.
All three were “completely silent” before Diana started singing “Beat It”, according to Morgan.
In the same documentary, Jennifer Cooke, the hotel’s communications director, said she heard Prince William say in the lobby that he had heard a lot about the Carlyle over the years.
âI think the Duke and Duchess definitely stayed here at the Carlyle because Princess Diana was staying there,â she said.
Other famous stories of the iconic hotel include Woody Allen playing the clarinet in the on-site cafe, while President John F. Kennedy is said to have brought Marilyn Monroe into her 34th-floor room through the back door and the back doors of the hotel.
Most recently, celebrities such as Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Naomi Campbell, Roger Federer and George Clooney have all made their way to the Carlyle.
Actor John Hamm once said, “If you stay here you feel like you’ve made it.”
The Sussexes’ calendar is closely watched, but yesterday they made appearances at the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the residence of the US Ambassador to the UN and the offices of the ‘World Health Organization in New York.
They will appear in Central Park on Saturday for the Global Citizen Live event, to highlight the importance of global vaccine equity.