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Meghan’s hot girl summer: Duchess kicks social calendar into high gear as she dines at celeb hotspots, parties at a Taylor Swift concert and enjoys a birthday girls’ night at Barbie movie

Meghan Markle has kicked her social calendar into high gear this summer as she dines out at celebrity hot spots and enjoys girly days out. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 42, has lived in her $14 million mansion in the celebrity enclave of Montecito for the past few years, having stepped back from royal duty in 2020.

However this summer the royal has been seen out and about in the Californian town more than ever – with visits to farmer’s markets, lunches with girl friends and dinner dates with Prince Harry galore. 

From enjoying Taylor Swift concerts in LA to throwing a birthday bash at an exclusive ranch in the hills, Meghan appears to be lapping up everything the A-list paradise has to offer.

And yesterday photographs emerged as she was seen enjoying a celebratory lunch with girl friends at a lunch spot in the city. 

Meghan Markle, 42, may have missed out on a number of historic royal events in the past few months - including the Coronation - but she appears to be having the summer of her life Meghan Markle, 42, may have missed out on a number of historic royal events in the past few months - including the Coronation - but she appears to be having the summer of her life

Meghan Markle, 42, may have missed out on a number of historic royal events in the past few months – including the Coronation – but she appears to be having the summer of her life

The Duchess of Sussex has been spotted a number of times out and about in Montecito over the last few months, taking lunch with friends and visiting local hair salons The Duchess of Sussex has been spotted a number of times out and about in Montecito over the last few months, taking lunch with friends and visiting local hair salons The Duchess of Sussex has been spotted a number of times out and about in Montecito over the last few months, taking lunch with friends and visiting local hair salons The Duchess of Sussex has been spotted a number of times out and about in Montecito over the last few months, taking lunch with friends and visiting local hair salons

The Duchess of Sussex has been spotted a number of times out and about in Montecito over the last few months, taking lunch with friends and visiting local hair salons (left and right) 

On a number of appearances, she has spent time exploring the star-studded town solo – including a visit to a hair salon back in June.

At the time, the news had just emerged that the Sussexes $20 million deal with Spotify had come to an end.

However Meghan appeared to put the news to one side as she walked through the streets of Montecito, apparently in an intense conversation on the phone.

Dressed casually in black skinny jeans, ballet flats and a striped jumper, she toted a $5,400 Fendi Peekaboo ISeeU bag.

Weeks later, she made a second solo appearance when she visited the Montecito farmer’s market alongside her dog Guy.

Wearing a white, unbuttoned collared shirt over a camel-colored maxi dress, black flip flops, and sunglasses, the former actress went virtually undetected by locals as she went from tent to tent browsing various collections of goods.

She picked up a bunch of fresh flowers which she then stashed in a large woven straw tote for her convenience as she continued shopping.

At one point she also stopped to sample some honey from a vendor.

Meanwhile Meghan has also been enjoying some of the town's celebrity hotspot restaurants, including Italian Tre Lune, where she dined with Prince Harry Meanwhile Meghan has also been enjoying some of the town's celebrity hotspot restaurants, including Italian Tre Lune, where she dined with Prince Harry

Meanwhile Meghan has also been enjoying some of the town’s celebrity hotspot restaurants, including Italian Tre Lune, where she dined with Prince Harry 

While Meghan largely managed to fly under the radar during her trip to the market, she was friendly and smiled politely at the handful of locals who did recognize her – as her security kept a watchful eye.

Meghan marked her 42nd birthday in August a number of times – starting with an intimate date night with Prince Harry at the Italian restaurant Tre Lune.

It was the first time the couple had been seen in public together amid mounting speculation about their future in Hollywood and rumoured strains behind the scenes. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen in good spirits, smiling and laughing, as they were pictured leaving the trendy Italian restaurant Tre Lune, a favourite among A listers including Kourtney Kardashian and Ellen DeGeneres.

Meghan looked glamorous wearing a strapless column-style black and white Posse dress, priced at £188, paired with her beloved Cult Gaia bag and flat strappy black sandals. 

The Prince accompanied her wearing a linen blue shirt and white trousers.

The pair entered the popular eatery, where musician Travis Barker was spotted earlier that night, and they were joined by their good friend Matt Cohen, husband of the Duchess of Sussex’s friend of many years Heather Dorak. 

A timeline of Meghan’s hot girl summer

June 30 – Visit to a hair salon in the exclusive A-lister town

July 15 – Trip to a local farmer’s market where Meghan picks up flowers 

August 3 – Celebrating birthday with a date night with Prince Harry at Italian restaurant Tre Lune 

August 7 – Girl’s day out with friends  to see Barbie before staying at the exclusive San Ysidro ranch

August 8 – Attends Taylor Swift concert in LA  

August 13 – Lunch with agent at Lucky’s steakhouse 

August 10 – Spotted out and about wearing a stress patch   

August 15 – Lunch with girl friends at an unknown location  

Meals at the Italian restaurant range from $24 (£19) to $61 (£48). Italian-lovers can also choose from 24 different pasta and risotto meals, while an array of meat and fish dishes on offer, from salmon fillets $44 (£37) to filet mignon steak $65 (£55).

Photographs show the couple walking out of the restaurant front, before Meghan is seen pointing at something in the distance. They then jump in a car that appears to have been waiting for them.

The Duchess kept her jewellery simple for the outing, opting to go without any necklaces in order to allow her décolletage to remain on full display in the strapless dress design. She chose chunky gold hoop earrings, as well as a stack of bracelets on one wrist, to add a bit of sparkle, however.

This included her favorite $5,427 Cartier Love bracelet and what appeared to be her £3,736 Jennifer Meyer Gold Mini Bezel Tennis Bracelet.

Days later, she marked her birthday again with a girl’s day out to see Barbie with pals including Portia de Rossi, before spending the evening at the exclusive San Ysidro ranch in the hills of Montecito. 

On her most recent visit to the exclusive location, Meghan is reported to have congratulated a bride-to-be who was celebrating her upcoming nuptials with friends and posed for photos with the bachelorette party.

Earlier this summer, the Duchess was spotted on a solo outing as she bought flowers from a local farmer's market Earlier this summer, the Duchess was spotted on a solo outing as she bought flowers from a local farmer's market

Earlier this summer, the Duchess was spotted on a solo outing as she bought flowers from a local farmer’s market 

An onlooker, who was at the San Ysidro Ranch Hotel while Meghan and her friends were celebrating, told The Sun: ‘Meghan went over to wish the bride good luck.’

But Meghan’s celebrations didn’t stop there – days later, People magazine reported the Duchess attended Taylor Swift’s show at SoFi stadium in Los Angeles.

Meghan reportedly jumped out of her chair to sing along to the song You Belong with Me – but noticeably didn’t snap a photo with the singer. 

The former Suits actress was with her British friend Lucy Fraser, who featured prominently in the Sussexes’ tell-all Netflix series, Page Six reports.

Although it is not known exactly where Meghan was reportedly situated in the stadium, she did not appear to be in the VIP tent – where Charlize Theron was happily filmed dancing along to some of the songs.

Meghan’s fashion designer friend Misha Nonoo was spotted arriving at the stadium with Taylor’s ex-BFF Karlie Kloss and the group were said to have been sat in the audience.

But it’s not all been night’s out for the Duchess, who appears to have been spending her days enjoying lunches with close friends with the Californian town.

Just this week, she was seen lapping up lunch at the exclusive steakhouse Lucky’s 

Meanwhile she also attended a Taylor Swift concert with friend Lucy Fraser (pictured together in 2017) earlier this month Meanwhile she also attended a Taylor Swift concert with friend Lucy Fraser (pictured together in 2017) earlier this month

Meanwhile she also attended a Taylor Swift concert with friend Lucy Fraser (pictured together in 2017) earlier this month 

Meghan celebrated her birthday with a visit to the exclusive San Ysidro Ranch hotel where the royal previously took part in a shoot for her Variety interview Meghan celebrated her birthday with a visit to the exclusive San Ysidro Ranch hotel where the royal previously took part in a shoot for her Variety interview

Meghan celebrated her birthday with a visit to the exclusive San Ysidro Ranch hotel where the royal previously took part in a shoot for her Variety interview

The Duchess was without her husband Prince Harry, who was in south east Asia, as she attended a meal in her hometown of Montecito 

In the snap which has circulated on social media, Meghan could be seen dining at Lucky’s Steakhouse, which serves an array of steaks and seafood which cost  around $60 a dish. 

The restaurant appears to have become a favourite for the Duchess, who has been snapped eating at the spot on a number of occasions.

In the image, the royal mother-of-two donned her $245 cream knitted vest from LA-based designer Anine Bing, and appeared to be sitting with her agent. 

Days later, she was spotted out and about wearing a $4 anti-stress patch and a $1,625 heavy wool coat despite the balmy California weather.

She attended an appointment in her hometown of Montecito with a bodyguard by her side.

She donned a $1,650 Max Mara wool coat for the outing, even though it was warm in Montecito that day. Temperatures climbed as high as 73F (22.7C) and didn’t drop below 65F (18C).

Also notable was the NuCalm stress patch on her left wrist. The patches, which cost $80 for a pack of 20, are said to provide ‘resonance and frequencies’, as well as a sensation of calmness.

Users of the product are instructed to place one disc three-finger lengths away from the edge of their left wrist and warned not to place it on their right.

Each one can only be used once and can be left on for the remainder of the day and through the night.

Some people feel a little heat, tingling or see redness while the disc is on.

Meanwhile she also enjoyed another girls’ meal out with friends in California as her birthday celebrations continued. 

The Duchess posed for a selfie with her friends Kadi Lee, a hairdresser to the stars, and author Cleo Wade in the garden of a restaurant.

In a snap posted on Kadi Lee’s Instagram account Highbrow Hippie, the Duchess beamed while putting her arms around the two friends at the table.

She opted for an understated yet chic look, appearing effortlessly elegant in a black cami top and sporting the Ariel Gordon Imperial Disc Pendant Necklace, which costs around $1,840 and can be engraved with names. 

Kadi, who is thought to have been Meghan’s hair colourist since she moved back to California and settled in Montecito with Prince Harry, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, also counts other A listers in her client list – including Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts and Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis.

Sharing the snap of the three pals on Instagram, Kadi said: ‘Belated [birthday] celebrations [with] these lovely muses. Missing Serge Normant.’ 

Serge Normant is another in-demand hairdresser based in New York City, and styled the Duchess’s hair on her wedding day to Prince Harry in 2018.

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