Duchess Meghan spends her downtime ‘going incognito’ at Pilates or Whole Foods

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wears a pale pink trench dress by House of Nonie as she visits the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall in London with husband Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

Before Prince Harry and Duchess Meg took most of August “off,” sources claimed that Harry in particular was keen to keep Meghan from overexposure. Meghan is the new royal bauble, the shiny new duchess whom everyone wants to meet or talk about. Harry wanted Meghan to have a break from the spotlight, especially before their Australian tour. What’s weird is that… it sort of worked? Taking that month off did wonders. The white Markles have quieted down in the past few weeks, and the press seems to be easing up slightly too. So how has Meghan spent her downtime?

When Meghan Markle is in the royal spotlight, she shines, but she takes pains to fly under the radar when she’s not on official duty.

“She spends most of her weekends in the Cotswolds with Harry,” a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “When she does venture out to Pilates or to get her hair done, she normally goes incognito under a baseball cap.”

Whether at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace in London with Prince Harry or at their country getaway in the Cotswolds, the new Duchess of Sussex manages to keep a low profile. In the past “the only other place she has visited regularly is Whole Foods, which is little more than five minutes away from Kensington Palace,” the source continues. “That way she can quickly sneak in and out without anyone noticing it’s her.”

From understanding the Queen’s preferred dress code to turning down autograph requests from fans, the L.A.-born former Suits star has had to adjust to a whole new way of life since joining the royal family in May.

“Every single day is in the public eye,” says Ken Wharfe, Princess Diana’s former bodyguard. “To do the things that she used to do in America, those days are long gone. You can argue she has the biggest acting role ahead of her that she ever had in her life.”

[From People]

Before Meghan entered his life, Harry had a whole bachelor routine in London, and he was often seen out doing these kinds of normal-person things too, like picking up some groceries for himself or popping into a taxi. I think he’s always had an okay sense of what a “normal life” could look like. But unlike his brother, I don’t think Harry fetishizes “normal life” as some kind of idealized state with all of the privileges of being wealthy and royal but none of the responsibilities. My point? I think Meghan and Harry are good for each other, and I bet he loves the fact that his glamorous actress bride can be so low-key, and that she enjoys a quiet country life as well as enjoying the spotlight.

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  1. Melania says:

    I think Harry and Meghan are made to be together. They complement each other and it’s the best thing in a couple.

  2. Maya says:

    Celebrities all go underground in England because people here leaves them alone.

    I cannot tell you how many celebs I have seen just doing normal everyday things. British people are known to leave other people alone and that’s why UK is a hotspot for famous people.

    • Susannah says:

      I’m surprised by that as I’ve heard quite a few British celebrities saying the UK tabloids and paparazzi are the worst. Not the people of course, who leave you alone but that the tabloid culture is just very difficult if you’re a celebrity as they follow you everywhere and make up stories so it’s challenging to have a peaceful private life.

  3. Mac says:

    How can you not enjoy the Cotswolds? Such a beautiful place.

    • Fluffy Princess says:

      Agreed! So idyllic there! (I was lucky enough to vacation there once, and it was so lovely!)

    • Rhys says:

      My bf who lived in the UK (London) swears he would never live there again because “it always rains.” I wonder if even with all the beauty of this Cotswolds you are talking about, Meghan misses the sunshine?

      • detta says:

        Sorry and no offence, but that it bs. It does not always rain in London. Is it California or the South of France? No, of course not. But London gets pretty much the same weather as huge parts of continental Europe and it is totally fine. I wish people would stop with the “it always rains there” or “ooh, the fog” weather cliches when it comes to London (and other parts of Britain).
        If you look at statistics for average rainfall/snowfall, then London has less than for example Brussels, Paris, Munich or Amsterdam.

  4. Alix says:

    I didn’t know they had Whole Foods in the UK!

    • AG-UK says:

      They have several, High St Kensington, Piccadilly and other areas, but I call it Whole Pay check lol or we did when we lived in Austin. Too expensive in Austin and here. Some things are ok though black beans. If you want pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving that’s the place to go.

  5. Renee2 says:

    I laugh inside every time Kaiser writes “the white Markles.”

    I can’t stop reading about her. I think that she is gracious and good at her job and is well-suited to her husband but I was not interested in her before. It’s as though because she now doesn’t speak directly to the Media and has become “silent” she seems that much more mysterious/compelling?? I do wonder if she ever regrets her decision to live in a gilded cage but perhaps it’s a bit soon for all of that speculation.

    • Rhys says:

      Same here – I love reading about Meghan but I was never interested in her even when she was dating Harry (I haven’t even heard about her as before). She has lots of qualities I admire.

  6. Whatabout says:

    I think being in the country has helped. My theory is that they live full time there and spend minimum time at KP. Harry’s place is small.

    I’m curious as to what the firm is going to do once Meghan and Harry get pregnant/have a kid. The Kent’s and Gloucesters aren’t going anywhere. So what part of KP will they get?

    • Peg says:

      I thought the Gloucesters offered to give up the apartment, next to the Cambridges, since their children have all flown the nest.

      • notasugarhere says:

        That has been a rumor since before W&K grabbed Apartment 1A and threw out the charity. It was said the Gloucesters offered to give up their space in exchange for getting to retire. Didn’t happen because W&K Had To Have the biggest unavailable space at KP. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with Harry and Meghan.

  7. mc135 says:

    I don’t think they spend any time in London at all. My guess is they come once during the week to prepare for upcoming engagements and then the days they have them. Their staff do the preparation anyway.

  8. Peg says:

    On Twitter, a shawncarter1000 tweet the picture of Uncle Joe and his mother, and it’s not Photoshopped.

  9. Scotterhoney says:

    I love Meghan and Harry. What I don’t understand is why you feel the need to slam William and/or Kate to build them up. It’s not necessary and it makes people look petty. Both couples are fabulous and good for one another. Kate and William have a solid, 16 year relationship and three beautiful children. Meghan and Harry seem to have a solid relationship too and will likely live a long, happy life together. Enough said.

    • notasugarhere says:

      A solid 16 year relationship? Guess you’re leaving out the decade of William openly cheating on her, sometimes in front of her, and the multiple breakups. And Jecca’s ongoing presence in his life.

      Plenty of people on here, Kaiser included, criticized W&K for years long before Meghan showed up. Comparing the two couples is naturally going to happen. For many reasons, Harry and Meghan end up on the better end of the scale.

      • notasugarhere says:

        post disappeared.

        William and Kate might end up divorced, with stats showing the longer you live together before marriage the shorter the eventual marriage. William cheated with her and on her remember. I see no point in praising a long relationship if the relationship is miserable.

        Harry and Meghan show PDA like Charles and Camilla. Kate and William never have. That seems to upset some people.

        Letizia, Maxima, and plenty of other independent people thrive as royals. Accept the life, embrace the work and you’re fine.

  10. Huh says:

    Repeat comment

  11. Casi says:

    One time a newlywed duchess in England preferred to live with her husband in the country and when she was in London, she sometimes left her house to shop, exercise, and get her hair done.

    Weird how that sounds like Meghan AND Kate, but you’d never know it based on the comments here.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Actually, Kate was papped regularly in London and Berkshire while “living in the country” with William. Only papped twice in all the time in Wales. Hmmm.

      Amazing how people like to pretend Meghan hasn’t already done 5 times more than Kate did during the same period in their royal lives.

  12. feebstar says:

    Meghan has gained a lovely husband by relocating to the Kk but who wouldn’t miss those glorious Californian summers?