Duchess Meghan was seen in LA, having brunch with the Harvest Home team

The Duchess of Sussex has finally been SEEN! Out in public! For the first time in nearly three months Sorry I totally forgot we actually saw the Sussexes last week, my bad! Meghan was out in Los Angeles this week and Backgrid got very exclusive ($$$$) photos of her leaving a brunch with associates and friends. The brunch happened on Wednesday, International Women’s Day. Meghan wore nearly all-black and I’m obsessed with that fabulous sweater. Her slides are Valentino and her bag is Chanel. Please let this be a preview of Meghan and Harry attending the Oscars!!!

As for brunch, Meghan and her friends went to Gracias Madre on Melrose. It’s a vegan Mexican restaurant – let me look at the brunch menu… ooooh, I would get the Caesar salad, then the (potato bread) French toast then the Tres Leches Cake. Damn, this vegan menu looks GOOD. According to Archewell, this brunch had a specific message:

Today, The Archewell Foundation celebrated International Women’s Day with a visit to Harvest Home. This valuable organization helps provide housing, mental well-being support, and classes to expectant mothers who have faced tremendous challenges including domestic violence, substance use and homelessness. Since being founded in 1985, Harvest Home has supported over 600 pregnant women and their children.

As an advocate for women’s rights and supporter of mothers and families in need, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and the Archewell team celebrated the women of Harvest Home by creating a pop up baby boutique, hosting lunch from a female owned restaurant, and making a donation to the organization.

Happy International Women’s day to all of you! Whether donating your time, funds, or helping a woman in your community, let’s all celebrate the women in our lives today and every day!

[From Archewell]

Ah, so Meghan and her Archewell team went to LA to highlight Harvest Home and taking the charity’s people out to brunch. AND donating. Good for them.

According to the Daily Mail, Meghan waved to photographers and said “have a good day, guys, thank you so much.” Something tells me we’re going to see the Princess of Wales in black trousers, a black sweater and light-colored slides (or maybe those f–king wedges) for one of her next events.

Photos courtesy of social media, Avalon Red.

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  1. s808 says:

    Meghan’s style is so chic, I love it.

  2. LW says:

    She looks divine! So gorgeous!

  3. usavgjoe says:

    You go Meghan, Duchess of Sussex!!!

  4. ThatsNotOkay says:

    She highlighted the charity on her site as well as celebrated the workers/founders with a lovely lunch, and organized an event, and donated. Imagine that. She didn’t just go to “learn” and “listen” about something she’ll never care about again. See, Across-the-Pondscum? It can be done. But it won’t.

    • BusyBea says:

      Service is Universal

    • Kingston says:

      “……….across the Pondscum”
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • TheFarmer'sWife says:

      Meghan looks terrific! Am I missing the part where the UK media reported why Meghan and the charity met, that support was/has been given and that a donation was made? Also, what is this obsession with the cost of clothing, homes, planes, net worth, and how old everyone is? I find that ridiculous! I think we should all start listing how much our current outfits cost. My flannel pj’s cost $18.95 Cdn three years ago at Costco. I bought them in the men’s section because I felt the fabric was better quality and the range of plaids was nicer.

      • nutella toast says:

        I am currently in a vintage 2006 Bed, Bath, and Beyond (formerly) plush white robe that cost $29 and a pair of my husband’s hiking socks (“Farm to Feet”) -environmentally friendly or something (?) that cost more than my vintage robe and a some running pants from Gap (circa 2011) for $15.99. I have 2 1/2 bathrooms and a useless whirpool taking up 2/3 of one from 1982.

        P.S. I couldn’t wait to see how they loved on the charity – because they always do. I love how they took care of both the clients of the charity and the staff. Non-profit work (especially in interpersonal violence) is no joke, and some affirmation and encouragement goes a long way.

        P.P.S. Currently shopping Banana Republic sale section to see if I can (kinda) replicate her look because…good grief she looks effortlessly amazing. *sigh*

  5. Remy says:

    First time in three months? She was spotted last week at the bungalow, no?

    Anyways, she looks fab and I love gracias madre. Yum.

  6. Sam says:

    Didn’t we see her last week?
    This outfit is to day for!! I love it!!!
    Also: kate has already copied this outfit! While everyone (including William) wore brightly colored clothing for today’s visit, Kate opted for a black mourning outfit…

    I also think it’s great that they ate vegan! Bravo! Guess which two people would never do something like that…

  7. Chloe says:

    I wish there were some pictures of the actual event but we’ll just have to do with these. Good on her for giving back on IWD. And of course she also donated. Unlike another couple harry and meghan aren’t shy to open their purse.

    • Kel says:

      The organization hosts women going through very serious things like domestic violence. Considering how the British media likes to dissect everything I’m glad they didn’t have pics of people within the center or even employees.

      • SomeChick says:

        Good point. I do think that type of thing is much less likely over here. Have we heard of organizations over here who have been harassed after working with Meghan? I don’t recall ever hearing about anything like that. While in england it was completely predictable.

      • Couch potato says:

        They also risk being recognised by the abuser, who’d know where to find them.

      • Kel says:

        @somechick yes it’s happened to a few. They’ve had to shut down social media pages or delete tweets, etc.
        a guy who sold Christmas tree to Meghan and Harry disappeared after being bombarded by trolls and media.
        Their venture capital partners and their company was harassed for a week..it happens a lot but this is just a couple.

      • Peaches says:

        Which explains Blackgrid. Makes total sense she’d want to highlight her visit but avoid pap photos of the facility, etc so the easiest way is to schedule some photographers and have the photos released by Blackgrid.

  8. Bambinaa says:

    She looks wealthy and happy.

  9. Deborah says:

    VERY CHIC. Angelina-vibes here. I love it.

    • Puppydog says:

      I was going to reply the same . Very Angelina vibe.

    • TeamMeg says:

      Yep, Angie all the way. She and Meg have always had a similar style, imo. I think Angelina, when she moved past her wild child, ripped T-shirt and leather phase, took her fashion cues from Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. Meghan has followed in both their footsteps, and the rest is history.

  10. L4Frimaire says:

    What a great way to celebrate International Women’s Day! Spending time and helping out. She looked great! I love the button detail on her pants ( ha! buttons!) and the white accessories, especially that bag – think it’s an older one so not available, but so chic. Also wearing dark nail polish. Go on Duchess!

  11. SourcesclosetoKate says:

    Why do they have a dailymail us. Keep that shit over there!

    • Polo says:

      All of the British media is trying to tap the US market. Sadly daily mail has been successful the last year especially because the right wing trolls and pundits on social media have been using it to push their racism hard.
      They also pay a lot for celebrity pics! Way more than other Us tabloids.

      • Mtl. Ex.pat says:

        Yeah and the Fail keeps getting plugs on Bravo shows. On VPR there’s been repeated mention of “the daily mail party” being hosted at one of the restaurants.. 🤮

      • kirk says:

        daily mail – yuck 🤮, did NOT click on link provided here, looked her up online and gave attention to People and T&C.

  12. MrsCope says:

    How does she find the perfect, purest shade of every color she wears? Three shades of black, together, looking flawless! Love it!

    • Green girl says:

      Her clothes always looks new and are high quality. Clothes from mass retailers that are constantly reworn and rewashed will start to fade after a while. Line drying helps but it only goes so far with a cheap shirt from a mass retailer.

  13. Roo says:

    This is the template to honor an organization: give it publicity, donate money and provisions that it will use, and celebrate the hard working employees and volunteers. And do it while looking chic and tasteful! So happy for, and proud of, our Duchess!

    • Mary Pester says:

      Hey KHATE, I hope your watching, THAT’S THE WAY YOU DO IT!?

      • Debbie says:

        Oh, she’s watching. You’d better believe Kate’s watching. However, as usual, she will learn the wrong lesson from the episode. Instead of mimicking the deeds, she will just copy the fashions and move on. Just as she’s done with Princess Diana, where she copies the 80s fashion and… that’s all. None of Diana’s charitable efforts.

    • Kingston says:



  14. Blue Nails Betty says:

    She has the same “forever classic” style of Jackie Kennedy, Lena Horne, Diahann Caroll, and Audrey Hepburn.

    They all had impeccable style that will always inspire future generations. Clean lines, quality fabrics, perfect use of accessories.

  15. girl_ninja says:

    She looks so Goodt. I love everything she’s wearing. So chic and fabulous. I’m trying to make out her bracelet stack. I just lover her and am happy to see her you guys!

  16. Feeshalori says:

    That was gracious of her to acknowledge the photographers, kill them with kindness. And ugh about having a Daily Mail US, the Sun has a presence here as well. Very insidious how they’re trickling into this country.

    • Snuffles says:

      Well, they were behaving. Doesn’t hurt to acknowledge them if they are being respectful and maintaining their distance.

      • kirk says:

        They tactically wished her Happy International Women’s Day. So she responded in kind.

    • Slush says:

      My understanding is that Backgrid is an agency that works with celebs often. It’s possible that the Sussex’s team worked with them to generate publicity for Harvest Home. I don’t think it’s a coincidence she was spotted yesterday of all days, when she wanted to promote Harvest Home.

      To be clear, I’m saying that’s a good thing! Harry and Meghan can control their own media narrative now, and that by definition includes select, “candid” pap shots

      • Snuffles says:

        I could see this. A smart way to use publicity to their advantage and support their causes. I wonder if we’ll be seeing more of this.

      • Jais says:

        That makes sense. Gets the restaurant and the charity more attention.

      • Slush says:

        Absolutely we will, when they have something they want us to know about. They know sightings of them are a big deal. I think people tend to think “calling the paps” is a desperate move, but it’s not always.

        For big stars like H&M, it’s an element of a smart media and promotional strategy. Using the media ecosystem to your advantage is critical.

        From what I’ve been told by people who know, if you see Backgrid exclusives, there is a ~very~ good chance it was planned in advance.

    • TheWigletOfWails says:

      Meghan has always been kind to paps and photographers, even as a working actress. Unfortunately the BM twisted it into her being attention-loving.

    • Feeshalori says:

      Well, it’s good manners on display and it’s nice to see especially given the hostility towards Harry and Meghan.

    • Mary Pester says:

      I think she was giving them a sht eating grin and wave for two reasons, ONE, because she has always been polite to people who don’t always deserve it, and TWO, I also think it was her (polite way) of saying, “suckers, see how you have Been played by the Palace, my children DO have their titles now and I was right all along

  17. MSTJ says:

    Meghan is like, you’re not going to stop harassing me, ok. I’ll use you to promote my causes. Chef’s kiss.

    This: ‘According to the Daily Mail, Meghan waved to photographers and said “have a good day, guys, thank you so much.”’

    • Sam says:

      God I hate these tabloids!! She said thank you because he wished her a happy woman’s day and said that she looks great! They always have to twist everything!

    • Kingston says:

      In the H&M Netflix docu, I recall M saying after the media revealed that she and H were dating, once when she was leaving a flower shop in Toronto and a bunch of paps were outside waylaying her, she was being her usual pleasant self and had made what turned out to be the huge mistake of smiling at them and wishing them a good say – just as she did here.

      Then the next day it was in the shidtrags saying that she was loving the attention. H had called her to tell her to ignore the paps completely because the shidtrags and the usual teevee gossips were saying she loved the attention.

      So M had to stop being her natural, pleasant, decent self because of the nasty, indecent troglodytes that are a pus of the arse of the shidtmedia in britain.

      • Becks1 says:

        I also think there is a difference between paparazzi that are just taking pictures of her leaving a restaurant in LA, and paps that are stalking her and her children. She’s going to respond very differently in those two situations.

  18. Snuffles says:

    I love how she used her public appearance to shine a spotlight on a good cause while simultaneously contributing to it. Take notes Kate. And not just on the wardrobe.

  19. D says:

    She’s an icon, She’s a legend, and she is the moment- Wendy Williams

  20. OriginalCee says:

    she looks stunning and elegant. I hope her haters choke LOL

  21. Isabella says:

    I cannot wait for a knockoff version of that adorable Chanel bag. It will be mine!

    • L4Frimaire says:

      I love that bag but way beyond my price point. Waiting for a Kate Spade, or Rebecca Minkoff version. It’s so cute. She looked great and also showing she feels secure and safe enough to be photographed, especially with all the talk about security since they took away Frogmore.

  22. aquarius64 says:

    Meghan looks amazing here. Instead of focusing on IWD the BM is calling it a victory lap for Archie and Lili getting g their titles recognized.

    • Snuffles says:

      I briefly thought that then realized this event was planned well in advance. I guess not sneaking out the back could be considered a victory lap. 🙄

  23. Loom says:

    Man I really want her to do a fully glam red carpet event soon like the Oscar’s but I just don’t see it happening yet. So far all the events they’ve gone to had a purpose or connection to their work.
    Maybe now they’ll start since she’s outside more (2 times) than she has been since polo season.

    • TeamMeg says:

      They could stay on brand by presenting a humanitarian award. Jean Herscholt, maybe?

  24. Nev says:

    Go on Duchess!
    Stay pressed haters.

  25. Greeneyedgirl says:

    She looks happy, healthy, and thriving! Very chic! Personally, I’m not a fan of these slides (on anyone) maybe because everytime I wear themi always manage to have my feet somehow come out of them or tripping. That’s just my personal preference. I also think it was very kind of her to acknowledge the photographers. I feel for the most part, they have been respecting her and Harry’s privacy (correct me if I’m wrong), and I think it just shows what a kind person she is by acknowledging them.

  26. Jojo says:

    It’s nice to see relative casual politeness between Meghan & random photographers. She would never be able to go to a restaurant & walk down the street with just a couple of colleagues like this in the UK. I suppose she’ll never be able to completely avoid paps papping but if they keep a respectful distance, aren’t shouting questions about her kids etc. and she’s comfortable enough to throw them a quick ‘hi’ then fair enough -that’s celebrity life I suppose. It also gets the cause she’s out and about helping that day more publicity too. Great to read about the pre-brunch practical work she and her team undertook at Harvest Home and they gave a donation too. This is how helping small charities should be done, not used as hand-shaking photo ops.

    Love the clothes, especially the coat, very brunch casual chic. I personally don’t like most Chanel bags (don’t shout at me I know that’s blasphemy to many lol) they just always look gaudy to me. Also, I’m not mad on the design of the shoes either but they look comfy and sensible for what she was out doing, so hey ho. I agree with the comment made earlier upthread about her having a natural Hepburn, Kennedy classic air about her. I don’t even think she (like them) even needs to try for this vibe it’s just who they are as women. Some women could step out in a bathrobe & look classy while the rest of us sit wondering how the hell they do it.

    • Harper says:

      Stunning and tastefully expensive. I think Meghan is filling a fashion void here in the States for women who are older than their 20s and not into Instagram fast fashion. I think Meghan’s influence is going to just continue to explode fashion-wise.

  27. TIFFANY says:

    The purse is already sold out.

  28. jgerber says:

    Her chic is so effortless! That impresses me the most. She innately knows how to dress and what to do. And if she’s not sure what to do? You can be damn sure she researches it from experts in the field and is well-grounded in the subject before she plans her talk and event. That is what Kate needs to do, but is such an idiot, she just shows up and babbles fakeposhspeak, waves her hands at people, smiles constantly and leaves after the pap shot. No plan and empty hands. Her ignorance is a CHOICE. Stupidity is NOT a choice, but ignorance is if you have all the resources you need to get educated. But she’s just not interested in really helping anyone but herself. That’s the bottom line. I think the DESIRE to help is the foundation of it all. That will lead you to research and action.

    • Sue E Generis says:

      I think I remember years ago, there was a quote from a cousin of hers about Kate finding it really difficult to focus on anyone but herself.

  29. QuiteContrary says:

    She looks gorgeous and not just because she is so effortlessly chic. That glow comes from her knowing that she’s doing excellent work in helping other women.

    Unlike her dim and jealous sister-in-law, Meghan clearly relishes working with other women, for other women.

  30. Becks1 says:

    LOVE IT! She looks fabulous, super chic. I love that this visit shows what philanthropy can look like – highlighting the charity, the pop up boutique, and then taking the team to lunch to show you appreciate what they do.

    Some other people could never, all they can offer is a smile.

    • Pumpkin (Was Sofia) says:

      That’s not true at all. They can also offer words too!

      (This is full sarcasm in case I confuse anyone)

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Becks1 and Pumpkin, I think you forgot to mention the pap shots. THE most important thing they offer. (Just ask Wails.)

      • Becks1 says:

        Sorry, a smile AND words AND a photographer who will focus more on the philanthropist than the cause, lol.

  31. jgerber says:

    QuiteContrary, I agree and also I think the glow is true love and true family happiness– a life well-lived.

  32. Jais says:

    Not me seeing those pics of Meghan and then putting on all black to pick-up my niece at the carpool😂
    But I love Meghan hosting a brunch and donating for international women’s day. Stark contrast to those other people who show up empty handed with just their smiles. Meghan’s got the smiles the money and the food. I’m here for the food porn. Bout to go check that menu.

  33. Pumpkin (Was Sofia) says:

    Echoing the others: effortlessly chic. I know some dislike the neutrals/black and want to see color more sometimes but she does neutrals really well IMO so I don’t mind it haha.

  34. Well Wisher says:

    A light heart makes a good countenance.
    It is an old saying in the old country, where it can be long ‘winded’.

    Its origns are biblical, but for us, it meant be happy and it will show on your face. You’ll age slowly.

    As usual, those wise folks knew what they were talking about.

    My interpretation of the Duchess of Sussex, and look at those mules..

    Comfort and Style…

  35. LB says:

    Yes, she looks stylish & beautiful. Page Six tallied up the cost of her outfit. Please. They are trying to pull attention away from Harvest Home, M’s impactful philanthropy work & her celebrating Int’l Women’s Day. Plus, Meghan makes her own money & can dress how she wants.

    • Well Wisher says:

      It is all of those court cases….
      Hearings for the fail 📰…
      The one about the Daily Mirror & their previous editor – Piers Morgan..

      These two are in May 2023..with others close by..

      Pending 1 of 5 for Mordoch’s sun.

      • TheWigletOfWails says:

        They can tally all they want, she can afford it all without a cent of taxpayer’s money (and with the substantial amount paid out to her by the daily fail) 😉

  36. TheWigletOfWails says:

    Meghan in her unbossed and unbothered era, I love it! When you have your own sense of style and know what works for your body, you’ll always look fabulous. I just wish we got some official photos of the event, hopefully those come later.

  37. Queenie says:

    Who is the woman with her, the one in the blue sweater?

    • Amy Bee says:

      According to the instagram post up top, they say it’s Archewell’s head of communications.

      • Jojo says:

        I wonder if the woman with her is ‘THE official spokesperson’ who has totally bossed the art of short, sweet and ‘in your face’ announcements recently.

  38. Amy Bee says:

    She looks fabulous.

  39. DeluxeDuckling says:

    I’ve eaten there and the food is AMAZING!!! Definitely recommend fellow celebitches check it out

  40. Carrot says:

    This brightened my day!

    • Jenmama says:

      The Duchess looked beautiful and chic, as always. I know, baby watch..,but it was 2 baggy outfits in a row. Dang if she pulled a Rihanna and showed her bump at the Chubbly!

      • TheVolvesSeidr says:

        There are one or two (?) more pics from this online and one is from the side, Meghan is very thin, def not pregnant unless just barely pregnant.

  41. Over it says:

    That purse and shoes , I need . She looks beautiful and happy and I am so proud of her for promoting other women and supporting them .

  42. Alice says:

    Has anyone seen any info about those earrings? I love them.

  43. tamsin says:

    What a nice way to celebrate IWD! Very low key, but gave practical assistance to the clients of Harvest Home in a respectful and helpful way. This isn’t important, but I was a little confused as to who was having lunch/brunch. Did Archewell have lunch catered for everyone at Harvest Home, and then went out for lunch with Archewell and Harvest staff too, or just lunch for both staffs.

  44. HarryforLife says:

    She looks so happy! Yay! In the Netflix doc she said if cameras will be on them all the time, then have them looking at what Harry and Meg are looking at: their charitable organizations etc.

    Also if you look at the video posted above, the pap wishes Meg and happy IWD and tells her she looks great or something like that. She politely says thank you, like a normal person. So she’s not even hamming it up for the paps, she was legit responding to a comment made at her.

  45. Annalise/Typical Virgo says:

    there’s a Gracias Madre here in San Francisco and its REALLY REALLY good. I loved it and I’m a meat eater.

  46. blunt talker says:

    any show adveertising the UK tabloids need to be called out-reminder they belong to Rupert Murdock who allowed his news station anchors to lie and pretend they believed the election fraud of 2020-Mr. Murdock is very hateful-you can be conservative with no hate-he has allowed his publications to smear, attack, and stalk the Sussexes for over 5 years-when read about anyone or anything connected to him I don’t bother to read or acknowledge whatever it is.

  47. Nicky says:

    Meghan is the gold standard of what a modern Duchess should be.