Meghan Markle has mingled with Hollywood glitterati at a ‘mom’s night out’ gala in Los Angeles and teased that she and Prince Harry are working on ‘exciting’ new projects and ‘can’t wait to announce them’, it was revealed today.
Wearing an expensive camel, off-the-shoulder Proenza Schouler dress paired with a slicked bun and $895 Aquazzura heels, the Duchess of Sussex said she is ‘really proud’ of what Archewell Productions had created so far, including Netflix docu-series Harry & Meghan and her Archetypes podcast for Spotify.
The 42-year-old was among famous faces including Billie Eilish, Margot Robbie and Carey Mulligan at Variety magazine’s star-studded ‘Power of Women’ party. Leonardo DiCaprio and Oprah Winfrey also attended.
On a night where she also praised the ‘everlasting impact’ of her TV series Suits, Meghan said: ‘We have so many exciting things on the slate. I can’t wait until we can announce them, but I’m just really proud of what we’re creating. My husband is loving it too which is really fun.’
The former actress did not reveal what the projects are – but told Variety on the red carpet that she wants to create ‘things that make people feel’ as well as create ‘a sense of community’.
Multiple sources have claimed Meghan is about to announce a new project. Ms Markle has been much more visible on the LA scene recently, including two nights watching Beyonce. She also flew on a private jet with Harry and rich friends to see the final performance of Katy Perry‘s Las Vegas residency.
Her appearance ‘mom’s night out’ gala in LA came hours after Sussex insiders told MailOnline that Harry and Meghan had nothing to do with Omid Scobie’s new book Endgame. They also denied that Mr Scobie is part of the ‘Sussex Camp’ and the journalist last night tweeted: ‘I’m not “Meg’s pal”, the Sussexes have nothing to do with it’.
Meghan Markle is seen on Thursday night at Variety’s ‘Power of Women’ gala
Meghan was clearly loving being on the red carpet for the event
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Dua Lipa, left, and Margot Robbie arrive at Variety’s Power of Women event
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The 42-year-old appeared to be attending the Los Angeles event without her husband, Prince Harry
The Duchess of Sussex teased that she and Harry have new projects in the pipeline
Meghan smiles for the assembled press
Markle was Variety’s cover star last year, but was unable to attend the gala in 2022 due to the Queen’s death
Excerpts of Endgame, out later this month, has infuriated Palace officials. It claims that Harry ‘remained in the dark’ about the Queen’s health in her final moments because of his family.
Harry and Meghan’s olive branch to the King on his 75th birthday. It also reopens Royal Family wounds in the aftermath of Megxit, branding Charles III ‘unpopular’, William ‘power hungry’ and says Harry was ‘betrayed by his own family’.
Ms Markle was among those gathering for Variety magazine’s Power of Women gala. She was their cover star last year and was among those garlanded in 2022, but was unable to attend the fall 2022 event due to the death of the Queen.
Entertainment Tonight asked her if it was ‘Mom’s night out’, and the mother-of-two laughed and replied: ‘Exactly.’
She was asked by Variety what she was working on, and said it was projects ‘that make you feel’ – adding that she could not wait to speak more about her forthcoming work.
She said she had ‘no idea’ why Suits suddenly regained popularity.
‘It was great to work on,’ she said. ‘Such a great cast and crew. We had a really fun time. I was on it for seven seasons, so quite a bit.
‘But it’s hard to find a show you can binge-watch that many episodes of these days, so that could have something to do with it.
‘But good shows are everlasting.’
Meghan stopped briefly for questions and laughed and said ‘yes’ when asked if it was a ‘mom’s night out’
Meghan wore an expensive camel, off-the-shoulder Proenza Schouler dress
Meghan said Prince Harry was ‘excited’ about new projects they were working on
When asked about Archewell’s work, which included the Netflix documentary and her Archetypes podcast, she said: ‘I’m just really proud of what we’re creating’
Glamorous gals! Margot Robbie looked stylish as ever
Dua Lipa was also at Variety’s star-studded Power of Women event in Los Angeles on Thursday
Emily Blunt was chic in a white dress with feather sleeves
Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage – but she was not seen with Meghan, a near-neighbour and friend
Leonardo DiCaprio attends Variety Power of Women
Riley Keough looked sensational in a gold and white dress matched with gold boots
Markle was asked what was now ‘driving the things you put out in the business.’
She replied: ‘Things that make people feel… I was going to say things that make people feel good, but it’s more than that. Things that make people feel something, right? And a sense of community.
‘But we have so many exciting things on the slate, I can’t wait until we can announce them. I’m just really proud of what we’re creating.’
The Duchess said that she was appreciative of other women in show business supporting each other.
‘This industry is so special and you see how many women use the platform that they have and channel it for good.
‘And the more we support each other, it amplifies the work, amplifies our community – and I’m just thrilled to be back in it.
‘And be able to sit in this room, be in such good company tonight.
‘And also to focus so much on how this is the crossroads of entertainment meeting philanthropy. So it’s really close to my heart. It’s going to be a fun night.’
Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex , and Janet Yang, American film producer and the current President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Meghan sits at a table during the ceremony
This year’s honorees included Carey Mulligan, singer Fantasia Barrino, ‘Killers of the Flowers Moon’ star Lily Gladstone, and Billie Eilish – who performed ‘What Was I Made For’ alongside her brother Finneas O’Connell.
The magazine presented a Producer of the Year Award to Margot Robie, who produced Barbie, and an Alumni Award to Emily Blunt.
Eilish was sporting a black hair-do with dyed red roots, paired with a black blazer ensemble and a matching headscarf, while Saltburn star Mulligan opted for a black off-the-shoulder dress with a short bob haircut.
Mulligan posed with British actress Emily Blunt wearing a white sparkly number with feathered sleeves, who said she ‘cry-wept’ at Mulligan’s performance in Maestro which she also described as ‘one of the best things’ she’d ever seen.
Similarly, on the red carpet Mulligan said she ‘worships’ Barbie star Robbie, who was styling a black off-the-shoulder dress paired with a classic red lip.
Speaking about her production company following the end of the Sag-Aftra US actors’ strike, Robbie said: ‘I don’t have much of a voice right now but we really believe (in) people with original ideas and original voices, people like Emerald (Fennell) with Saltburn and Greta (Gerwig) with Barbie.
‘They are both such visionary directors with such original voices and they had such an original take on the story they wanted to tell and committing to that on the side of it coming out can seem scary but when you do, amazing things happen.’
The red carpet also saw singer-songwriter and actress Dua Lipa styling a red silk strappy dress with a bow.
Speaking about her work on the Argylle film, she said: ‘No music for this one, just focusing on the acting.
‘I had the most fun, honestly being on a motorcycle doing all the stunts, it was just so much fun and working with Henry (Cavill) was amazing and Matthew (Vaughn) is just such a great director so I really thoroughly enjoyed that experience.’
The soiree came as the Sussexes attempted to deny Scobie’s claim in his new book that Markle and Prince Harry were kept in the dark about the Queen’s impending death.
The Duchess opted for a floor-sweeping beige gown
Markle wore her favorite Cartier bracelet and carried a black clutch bag
The 42-year-old slicked her hair back for the glamorous Hollywood event
Margot Robie was presented with an award for her work producing the film Barbie
The Australian actress produced the film alongside her husband, Tom Ackerley, and their co-founder Josey McNamara
She was joined by her husband Tom Ackerley, 33, for the bash
Margot Robie and Dua Lipa caught up on the red carpet
Dua Lipa, 28, thrilled in a busty red hot silk gown that tied at the front. She coordinated the dress with her fiery auburn tresses, which were styled in light waves
Riley Keough was also among those attending Thursday’s event
Actress and singer Sofia Carson is seen arriving at the LA event
Carson, 30, wore a dramatic patterned number for the gala
Emily Blunt, 40, wore a chic white sequin dress with fun feather sleeves and gold heels
Blunt was pictured with a stylish Carey Mulligan, 38
Margot Robie and Carey Mulligan are seen mingling inside the event in Los Angeles
In an excerpt of his latest book, Endgame, Scobie alleges that Prince Harry was ‘kept in the dark’ about the Queen’s health in the hours before she died, and that Prince William feels that he has ‘lost Harry and doesn’t want to know this version of him’.
Scobie, who previously released a biography on the Sussexes titled ‘Finding Freedom,’ said Harry, 39, and his 42-year-old wife Meghan had ‘no idea’ the Royal Family were preparing for the Queen’s death last year.
Yet MailOnline understands that Meghan and Harry categorically deny any suggestion they are ‘affiliated’ with the book.
They are also denying that Scobie – who has been friendly with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and co-wrote their biography Finding Freedom – is part of the ‘Sussex Camp’.
Experts have said that the Sussexes’ favored royal reporter’s new book is threatening a potential thawing in relations between the King and his youngest son.
The denial came after Harry and Meghan’s olive branch to the King on his 75th birthday.
Harry is believed to have telephoned his father on Tuesday – and they have reportedly agreed to chat again next week.
The Duchess of Sussex is also said to have spoken to her father-in-law from their home in California while the couple’s children – Archie, four, and Lilibet, two – recorded a video of themselves singing happy birthday to their grandfather.
Royal courtiers are said to be furious over the claims made by Harry and Meghan’s biographer Omid Scobie, who alleges that the Prince of Wales ignored the Duke of Sussex ‘s calls as he raced to be at the bedside of the Queen (pictured) in Scotland in September last year
According to the Mirror, Scobie has said there was ‘no proof’ King Charles called his youngest son during the Queen’s death
In Endgame, Scobie recounts how the Sussexes had visited the UK for a series of engagements in September 2022 when the palace announced that Queen Elizabeth had been advised by her doctors to rest.
He writes: ‘By the next morning, the Sussexes had no idea that Buckingham Palace was already planning for the Queen’s final hours and the first days of the monarchy’s new era — until the duke’s phone started ringing. An unknown number. He usually ignored those.’
Meghan told her husband to pick up the phone and he accepted the call ‘just before it stopped’, the author wrote.
He continues: ‘Harry hadn’t spoken to his father much that year, but this was not the time for any father-and-son tension. Charles told him he and Camilla were about to leave Dumfries House for Balmoral, where Princess Anne was already by the Queen’s side. He told Harry to make his way to Scotland immediately.’
Harry sent a text message to his brother William asking how he and Kate planned to travel to Scotland and whether they could travel together, but got no response, Scobie claims.
He was later told William had managed to secure a flight with his uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle with King Charles and Queen Camilla at the Queen’s funeral last year. Harry had reportedly not spoken to his father for a long time
Omid Scobie is set to use his new book to launch a salvo of attacks on the Royal Family
An emotional Harry travels in an official car to Balmoral after the Queen’s death was announced to the nation
The Prince and Princess of Wales join the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for a walkabout at Windsor to meet mourners after the Queen’s death in September 2022
‘It was upsetting to witness,’ Scobie claims he was told by a source close to the Sussexes.
‘[Harry] was completely by himself on this.’
Scobie alleges that Palace ‘sources’ briefed certain newspapers that Charles had personally shared the news of the Queen’s illness with his son. He quoted a friend of the duke who said this left Harry ‘crushed’.
The journalists makes fresh claims about the damaged relationship between William and Harry.
The author also suggests William and Harry’s relationship is beyond repair because the Prince of Wales sees his brother as a ‘defector’
And in the extract shared with People, he claims ‘there is no going back’ for the brothers and ‘absolutely nothing has changed’ since the Duke of Sussex released his memoir, Spare, earlier this year.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace refused to comment on Endgame, due to be released on November 28, when approached by MailOnline.