The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s date night plans were thrown out the window when they were abruptly refused a reservation at a posh restaurant in Vancouver Island, Canada.
The royal couple are currently celebrating the festive season in the former British colony with their baby son Archie and were said to have had their eye on a table at waterfront French dining room Deep Cove Chalet last week.
That was until owner and chef Pierre Koffel turned them down, reportedly over the tight security required for their visit.
Meghan and Harry snubbed
Pierre’s wife and restaurant co-owner, however, appears not to have agreed with her husband’s refusal and hopes that reps for Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, might ring again so she could answer and approve the reservation herself.
“Anyhow, you know what Pierre's like. We'll see what happens,” Bev Koffel told the Vancouver Sun newspaper.
“Let them have their peace and quiet. For us to be so lucky to have them in the area, how lucky is that? I wish them all the privacy they can possibly get. They deserve it,” she added.
She also revealed that, a few days earlier, she had not only met with the Sussex’s security team at the chalet but she’d also spotted the royal couple exercising in the nearby Horth Hill Regional Park.
“Horth Hill’s become a very popular place now. And they jog around, so they’ve been seen,” she said.
Deep Cove Chalet regularly hosts weddings and events and boasts a $100 (about AUD$110) ‘Northern divine Caviar & Blinis’ meal on the menu.
Diners can also retire to the exclusive on-site suite after their dinner for $325 (about AUD$355) a night.
Harry and Meghan touched down in Canada with their seven-month-old son Archie last month and have been spending their low-key six-week holiday catching up with friends in the country.
Former actor Meghan called Toronto home for several years while she filmed the TV show Suits and has a number of close pals in the area.
Among those is fellow star Janina Gavankar who snapped the family of three’s Christmas e-card and later slammed reports that the Duchess’ face had been Photoshopped.
Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland also flew in from her Los Angeles home to spend ‘private family time’ over Christmas with the Sussexes.
“As has been reported, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are spending private family time in Canada,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed.
“The decision to base themselves in Canada reflects the importance of this Commonwealth country to them both.
“The Duke of Sussex has been a frequent visitor to Canada over many years, and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of the Royal Family.
“They are enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son,” the statement concluded.
Here’s hoping the warmth extends to another restaurant who’ll accept the royal pair’s booking.
With BANG Showbiz.
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