Fans share glimpses inside Meghan Markle's $5k-a-table charity event

Inside Meghan Markle’s ‘Power of Women’ $5,000-a-table charity event where superfans brought framed pictures of the Duchess

  • The mother-of-two jetted to Indianapolis from California for the event
  • Press were not invited to the event but guests have shared glimpses on Twitter
  • Meghan was pictured leaving the Marriott Downtown Hotel 

Guests who attended Meghan Markle’s ‘Power of Women’ charity dinner have shared glimpses inside the exclusive event – where superfans brought framed photos of the Duchess to display.

The mother-of-two, 41, jetted into Indianapolis from California yesterday to attend a $5,000-a-table dinner thrown in her honour last night.

The Duchess of Sussex was billed to appear with Rabbi Sandy Sasso, the first woman rabbi ordained by the Reconstructionist Judaism movement at the Marriott Downtown Hotel.

Although organisers of the event banned any press from attending, delighted guests have shared snippets of their evening on social media.

Twitter user Sharon Andrea treated her 1,000 followers to a photo from her table at the event.

Meghan Markle fan Melonie Howell framed pictures of the Duchess to give out to guests. Pictured: a framed photo of Harry and Meghan’s 2021 Time Magazine cover

The royal fan also framed a picture of Meghan Markle attending the Duke’s polo final in May this year. The mother-of-two was glam in a wide brim black hat and white mini skirt

Meghan Markle pictured leaving a ‘Power of Women’ event in Indianapolis last night – where people paid $5,000 per table to hear her speak

Upon arrival, Andrea took a photo of the gift-wrapped box her friend Melonie had brought with her – containing framed photos of the Duchess to take home.

She wrote: ‘Squad member Melonie Howell brought our table gifts!’

The royal fan chose to hand out picture frames containing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Time magazine cover from last year.

The US publication released a glossy and heavily-airbrushed cover on Harry’s 37th birthday showing the Duke of Sussex stood behind his wife with his arms on her right shoulder in the ‘icons’ section of the annual line-up alongside Naomi Osaka, Dolly Parton, Britney Spears and Alexei Navalny.

Harry and Meghan were named among Time Magazine’s ‘most influential’ people last year. Pictured: the couple on the cover of the publication

The Duchess of Sussex stepped out in a black wide brim hat, black and white polka dot blouse and £670 high-rise pleated shorts as she cheered on her husband at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in May 2022

Upon arrival, Andrea took a photo of the gift-wrapped box her friend Melonie had brought with her – containing framed photos of the Duchess to take home.

Meanwhile, the royal fan also picked an image of the Duchess attending the Los Padres polo final in Santa Barbara in May.

The Duchess of Sussex stepped out in a black wide brim hat, black and white polka dot blouse and £670 high-rise pleated shorts as she cheered on her husband at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

Tickets for the event cost a whopping $500 per head, with any photography or recording on the night banned. She was on stage as William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, flew into Boston for a three-day visit to the US culminating in the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony on Friday night.

It is not known how much Meghan – who was later pictured leaving the event – will have been paid for the appearance, if at all, however PR experts believe she could earn up to £1million per speech in the US.

Prince Harry appeared in the new trailer for the Invictus Games today. The Duke of Sussex was filmed playing two games of table tennis

The Duchess of Sussex appeared right at the end of the video as she competed against her husband. The mother-of-two gave Harry an encouraging smile and nod

Earlier today, the Duchess made a surprise appearance in the Invictus Games 2023 trailer with husband Prince Harry. 

The 80-second video features athletes who will be competing in the upcoming sporting event, which will be held in Dusseldorf in September 2023.

To promote tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies going on sale today, the Invictus Games’ social media team shared the video on Twitter – where it was promptly reposted by Finding Freedom co-writer Omid Scobie.

The moody black-and-white clip opens with a view of an unused table tennis table in an empty stadium.

Highlighting how the sport is being been introduced into the event for the first time next year, the video then showed male, female and disabled players competing in several back-to-back games.

The Duke of Sussex then appears half-way through the trailer in a game against a blonde-haired player.

As she goes to pick up the ball, the father-of-two is seen giving her an encouraging nod and smile.

Prince Harry was impressed by a player’s fast serve and left the stadium towards the end of the 80-second trailer

The Duke of Sussex gave another player an encouraging handshake as he pointed him in the direction of the table tennis table

He then proceeds to crouch down slightly for the camera as he prepares for her next serve.

After he fails to return her quick serve, the Prince cracks a smile, nods and walks back towards the entrance of the stadium to allow another player to take his spot.

The Invictus Games founder gives the male player an encouraging handshake and points him in the right direction before leaving the stadium.

The tagline ‘Be Part of It’ then appears on screen – however, the Duchess of Sussex also made a surprise appearance right before the trailer draws to a close.

The video then quickly pans to a woman picking up a table tennis racket.

Across the table, Prince Harry smiles lovingly at his opponent before the camera zooms in on Meghan.

The Duchess – who is dressed casually in a dark V-neck jacket and has her hair tied up in a bun – gives her husband a quick nod to indicate that she’s ready for him to play.

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