Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Dine in Austin at Venue Tied to Their First Date

Royal couple cherishes venue of their enchanting first meeting.

by Nouman Rasool
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Dine in Austin at Venue Tied to Their First Date
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Ahead of Meghan Markle's anticipated participation in a panel at the SXSW Conference this Friday, she and Prince Harry enjoyed an intimate dinner date in Austin, Texas. The royal couple, having journeyed from their Montecito, California residence to Austin, chose the exclusive Soho House Austin for their evening out.

The Duchess, aged 42, and the Duke, aged 39, are set to partake in the event’s Opening Day Keynote Panel on International Women's Day, highlighting their commitment to gender equality and social issues. Dining discreetly at a secluded corner table within the members-only club, Meghan and Harry exuded contentment and relaxation, blending seamlessly with the establishment's vibrant atmosphere.

An eyewitness shared with PEOPLE magazine that the pair appeared "happy and in great spirits," noting Harry's particularly animated demeanor throughout the meal. This encounter underscores the couple’s preference for low-key and meaningful engagements, even amidst their high-profile lives.

Soho House Memories

Significantly, Soho House holds a dear place in the couple's history, being the venue of their initial date back in London, July 2016. Prince Harry, in his memoir "Spare," fondly recounts their first meeting, painting a picture of a nervously late yet utterly enchanted encounter with Meghan, whom he describes as "heart-attack beautiful." His vivid recollection emphasizes the simplicity and immediate connection that defined the early stages of their relationship, setting a foundation for their future together.

Following their dinner, Meghan is slated to appear alongside notable figures such as Katie Couric, Brooke Shields, and Nancy Wang Yuen in a discussion titled "Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen." The panel, moderated by Errin Haines of The Amendment podcast and editor-at-large for The 19th News, promises insightful dialogues on female empowerment in media and beyond.

Additionally, the Duke and Duchess’s recent visit to Canada for the Invictus Games' one-year countdown further exemplifies their ongoing commitment to charitable endeavors and public service, marking yet another chapter in their journey of advocacy and impact.

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