Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Stay at Iconic Carlyle Hotel in New York

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose a royally-approved hotel for their stay in New York.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now in New York on their first big trip since moving to the U.S. last year, and they chose the perfect royally-approved hotel for their stay. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have checked into the iconic Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side, which was a longtime favorite of the late Princess Diana.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan arrived in New York on Wednesday, per Page Six, and reportedly chose to dine at the Carlyle on their first night in the city, at the hotel’s famed Bemelmans Bar, where friends then came to meet them for drinks.

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Princess Diana was a frequent visitor to the Upper East Side hotel.

The 35-story Rosewood hotel, which is located at 35 East 76th Street, first opened its doors in 1930, and has welcomed guests including John F. Kennedy, George Clooney, Naomi Campbell and Gigi Hadid. It was a favorite of Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, who was a frequent visitor and reportedly often stayed in the hotel’s plush (and aptly named) two-bedroom Royal Suite. The 1,800-square-foot suite, designed by Alexandra Champalimaud is situated on the 22nd floor, and costs around $8,000 a night.

Princess Di’s sons have followed in her footsteps, as Prince William and Kate Middleton checked into the Carlyle during their 2014 visit to New York, and stayed in the Royal Suite. Apparently, that specific suite is currently under renovation, so the Sussexes are staying in different accommodations in the hotel.

The hotel is composed of 189 rooms, including 90 suites.

Even thought Prince Harry and Meghan aren’t in the Royal Suite, all 189 rooms (including 90 suites) at the Carlyle are ultra-luxurious and fit for royalty. It’s not surprising the Sussexes chose to stay at the Carlyle, as not only is the hotel royally-adored, but it’s known (and greatly appreciated for) its discretion, which is surely one of the reasons it’s so beloved by royalty and A-listers alike.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan aren’t the only famous faces who’ve been spending time at the Carlyle over the past few weeks, as celebrities including Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner all chose to get ready for the Met Gala at the iconic hotel.

Rihanna has prepped for the Met Gala at the Carlyle Hotel on multiple occasions.

Prince Harry and Meghan are in New York to attend the Global Citizen Live concert in Central Park, on this Saturday, September 25, and they’ve had a busy itinerary. They kicked off their trip with a visit to the One World Observatory yesterday, and then viewed the 9/11 Museum’s Memorial Hall. Later, they met with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Prince Harry and Meghan’s trip is a return to work for the couple, as they spent most of this summer on parental leave, after the birth of their daughter, Lili, in June. The Sussexes understandably opted to leave Archie and Lili at home in Montecito; the short trip would be a bit more difficult with two young children, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic. Prince Harry toted around an adorable tribute to his son, though, as he was photographed holding a portfolio briefcase embossed with the phrase, “Archie’s Papa.”

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Teen fatally shot at Boston hotel party

A man shot a teenage girl dead as he “flirted” with her at a Boston hotel party where attendees posed for selfies with a loaded semi-automatic pistol, authorities said.

Messiah Leggett, 21, of Mattapan, was arrested in the February death of 17-year-old Nalijah Andrade, who was accidentally shot in the head as Leggett handled the 9mm in a “playful manner,” Suffolk County District Rachael Rollins announced on Tuesday.

“Mr. Leggett was playing with the gun and flirting with the victim when she swatted his hand, and he accidentally discharged the single round in the firearm, killing the victim,” prosecutors wrote in court papers, according to The Boston Globe.

Leggett and another man who reportedly owned the gun left the hotel with three other teenage girls after the shooting, the Globe reported. Cops later caught up with the group and recovered the handgun near Boston Common, according to the Globe.

“At age 17, Nalijah should have been preparing for all the rites of passage that young people experience – prom, senior year of high school, touring colleges,” the DA said in a statement. “Instead, her family was forced to bury their beloved daughter because of the reckless actions of others.”

Nalijah was remembered as friendly and outgoing in her obituary, which said she aspired to be a beautician.

Prosecutors alleged the Feb. 4 party at the Regency Boston included “partying drinking and taking selfies” – including with the firearm. The shooting happened at 11:30 p.m., according to the DA but Leggett wasn’t arraigned until Monday.

He faces charges of involuntary murder and possession of a firearm.

Bail was set at $25,000 and not guilty pleas were entered on Leggett’s behalf. He is subject to home confinement and GPS monitoring, the DA stated.

His attorney told the Associated Press it was “too early” to comment on the case.

“Please keep an open mind until all the evidence is presented to the court as the case gets underway,” she wrote in an email.

The other man at the party will be arraigned on gun charges next month, prosecutors said.

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Border Patrol Makes Disturbing Discovery Inside Hotel After Receiving Tip

Border Patrol agents say they have uncovered part of a human smuggling operation in Texas after discovering illegal immigrants packed into a hotel room.

As part of the investigation, Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents found that illegal immigrants were using a storm drain to illegally cross the border and slip into Edinburg, Texas, according to a news release posted on the Customs and Border Protection website.

The investigation began on Friday with a tip that illegal immigrants were being warehoused in one room at a local hotel, according to the release.

When agents went to see what was going on, “agents observed two individuals enter the suspect room carrying several jugs of water and groceries. Their ongoing surveillance identified other factors indicating that the room was being used to harbor migrants.”

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office then used its authority to conduct a welfare check and found 16 people in the small hotel room.

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The group, made up of illegal immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico, said they had been parked in the room for almost 30 days, the news release stated.

The next day, McAllen Border Patrol Station agents watching a storm drain in Hidalgo, Texas, saw several people emerging from it.

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In cooperation with the Hidalgo Police Department, seven people, including one unaccompanied child, were arrested.  The illegal immigrants were from Honduras and Mexico, the release said.

But the day was not over. That night, four illegal immigrants, from Mexico and Honduras, were arrested after popping out of the storm drain.

Border Patrol agents have been dealing with a spike in human smuggling ever since President Joe Biden took office, especially in the Rio Grande Valley.

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The flood of illegal immigrants into the U.S. during the Biden presidency was the subject of biting commentary from two Fox News hosts.

“Imagine we shipped thousands and thousands of migrants into Delaware and they’re fishing on the bay or they’re riding Amtrak, packed in unvaxxed, with little English and no skills,” Jesse Watters, co-host of “The Five, ” said Monday as he noted that Biden is insulated from the reality taking place along the border in Texas.

“Where are they going to live? In tents? Are they going to live on the beach? Are we going to put them in starter homes? You’ll have to double every classroom size of every public school district. You’re going to have to raise taxes to pay for the social services,” he said.

“Hannity” host Sean Hannity echoed the thoughts Monday night.

“Biden’s border crisis is worse than ever: Seven months after it started and eight months after he lifted nearly all of President Trump’s border protections,” he said.

“President Trump gifted President Biden with a secure border. But Joe screwed it up,” Hannity said.





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Rwandan court finds ‘Hotel Rwanda’ film hero Rusesabagina guilty of terror-related charges

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KIGALI — A Rwandan court on Monday said Paul Rusesabagina, a one-time hotel manager portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood film about the 1994 genocide, was guilty of terrorism-related charges.

“They should be found guilty for being part of this terror group – MRCD-FLN,” said judge Beatrice Mukamurenzi. “They attacked people in their homes, or even in their cars on the road traveling.”

Rusesabagina, 67, who criticized President Paul Kagame from exile after being portrayed by actor Don Cheadle in the film “Hotel Rwanda,” had denied all the charges and said he was kidnapped from Dubai to stand trial. (Reporting by Clement Uwiringiyimana; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Alex Richardson)



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Kentucky man shoots out of hotel window, says he was aiming at aliens

A Kentucky man fired multiple gunshots out of a hotel window, then told cops he was shooting at aliens in the parking lot, authorities said.

Samuel Riddell, 55, gave the spaced out explanation to Richmond police after he opened fire at an unnamed hotel on Keeneland Drive, prompting an evacuation on Saturday afternoon, a news release stated.

A woman with Riddell locked herself in the hotel room bathroom as the shots rang out and didn’t come out until police responded, the release said. No one was injured but bullets went into another occupied hotel room and hit a few cars in the hotel parking lot, according to the release.

Cops said they made contact with the shooter before arresting him.

“Mr. Riddell told police that he observed aliens in the parking lot and was shooting at them,” the release stated. “Detectives discovered Mr. Riddell was a convicted felon and was in possession of two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle.”

Riddell was slapped with a slew of charges, including four counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer, multiple counts of criminal mischief and possession of a handgun and firearm by a convicted felon, cops said.



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Naomi Osaka, Emma Raducanu Prepped for Met Gala at Peninsula Hotel

Met Gala co-chair Naomi Osaka was one of several attendees who chose to get ready for the big event at the plush Peninsula Hotel.

On Monday, September 13, the long-delayed Met Gala finally took place, as the most stylish stars attended the biggest night in fashion. Those that received a coveted invitation to the exclusive event donned their sartorial best for the evening, though certain guests were more successful in dressing for the theme, “American Independence,” than others.

Plenty of athletes were invited to the glamorous event, including tennis champions Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu, who both attended the Met Gala for the first time this year. Prior to heading over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the star athletes prepared for the big evening at the Peninsula Hotel.

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Emma Raducanu had a big week in New York, with her first U.S. Open win and first appearance at the Met Gala.

The five-star Fifth Avenue hotel, which finally reopened to guests in June 2021 after a 14-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, has long been a celeb-favorite, and has previously welcomed Met Gala guests including Halsey, Candice Swanepoel and Camila Mendes.

The hotel is composed of 235 rooms, including 55 suites. While all the rooms are perfectly lovely, with elegant yet contemporary interiors, certain accommodations stand a step above the rest, such as the new two-bedroom Fifth Avenue Suite.

The Peninsula wasn’t able to confirm which specific rooms the Met Gala attendees prepped in, but Osaka, who was a co-chair of this year’s event and wore Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière, shared Instagram snaps that appear to be from the Fifth Avenue Suite, which spans 2,530 square feet and has impressive views of the namesake street below. It also contains a dining room that comfortably seats 10 (which seems to have been used as a very chic glam room by Osaka), plus a private kitchen and study. If you’re interested, the suite typically costs approximately $19,000 a night.

There’s also the plush six-room Peninsula Suite, which is composed of three bedrooms, a kitchen, living room and a study, encompassing 3,300 square feet. Newly crowned 18-year-old U.S. Open winner Raducanu, who wore Chanel to the event, seems to have prepared for her first-ever Met Gala in the palatial suite, according to her Instagram photos. The price of such luxury? A staggering $22,000 per night.

Osaka and Raducanu weren’t the only stylish Met attendees to prep for the big night at the Peninsula, as Winnie Harlow, Ciara and Rosé all chose the Fifth Avenue hotel to to get ready for the 2021 Costume Institute Gala. Below, take a peek inside the stylish hotel.

The Peninsula Hotel is located on Fifth Avenue.

The Peninsula Suite.
A look at one of the standard rooms.
The Peninsula Suite is the largest of all the accommodations.
For people-watching, perhaps.

Inside the Peninsula Hotel, Where Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu Prepped for the Met Gala



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Trump in talks to sell lease on his iconic Washington hotel: report

The Trump Organization is in talks to sell its lease on the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, in a deal that would allow for a rebranding of the iconic 19th-century building and put its operations under new management, according to a report on Saturday.

The sale will likely net the Trump family less than the $500 million payday they sought when they first shopped the lease in 2019, an unnamed source told Axios, which did not report a new figure.

The hotel is housed in the former Old Post Office Pavilion, a 122-year-old structure near the National Mall that is owned by the federal government.

The Trump Organization leased it from the General Services Administration in 2013 and gave it a $250 million renovation before opening it to guests in 2016 — weeks before the presidential election that swept Trump into the White House.

The Trump Organization is attempting to sell the lease to the hotel after failing to in 2019 before the pandemic hit.
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Revenues at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC dropped by 60 percent in 2020.
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As president, Trump hosted dozens of dinners in the hotel’s restaurant, and caught flak from ethics watchdogs for encouraging administration officials to visit the facility. One group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, logged 973 visits to the hotel by public officials during Trump’s term in office.

“People are objecting to us making so much money on the hotel, and therefore we may be willing to sell,” son Eric Trump told the Wall Street Journal in 2019, when the family first put the lease on the market.

But revenues dropped by 60 percent in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic ground travel to a halt, the Washington Post reported.

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Trump Reportedly Planning To Offload His DC Hotel

Former President Trump is reportedly planning to sell the rights to his Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., Axios reported.

Trump hired the brokerage firm Newmark Group to market the property, the Washington Post reported. He is also in advanced talks to sell the leasing rights to a real estate developer who would rebrand and manage the property, Axios reported.

Details of the negotiations are not yet known, but Trump’s representatives have been talking with investors and hotel chains, according to Axios.

Trump tried to sell the property in 2019, but took it off the market when COVID-19 struck and many hotels closed, the Washington Post reported. He is likely to receive less than the $500 million he was seeking then, according to Axios.

The General Services Administration signed a 60-year lease with the Trump Organization in 2013. The agreement stated that $200 million would be spent to convert the 122 year-old Post Office building into a high-end hotel, Axios reported. The Trump Organization took out a $170 million loan to pay for the renovations, the Washington Post reported. (RELATED: Trump Scottish Golf Resort Reports Eighth Straight Year Of Losses)

The former president’s hotels and golf resorts have suffered from COVID restrictions and his 2020 election loss. After Trump left office, his D.C. hotel saw a 60 percent revenue loss compared to the previous year, according to Axios.





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Man Arrested After Claiming to Have a Bomb at Trump Hotel in Vegas

Las Vegas police on Tuesday arrested a man who claimed he left a bomb at Trump International Hotel.

Police received a call early Tuesday afternoon from a person who said a man walked into the lobby of Trump Hotel and left a large suitcase and duffel bag at the concierge post.

The man began yelling there was a bomb as he took off and jumped in a cab, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported:

Las Vegas police on Tuesday arrested a suspect who claimed to have left a bomb in the lobby of the Trump International Hotel.

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Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Dori Koren said police received a call around 12:53 p.m. that said a man had walked into the hotel lobby and left a large suitcase and duffel at the concierge stand. Moments later, he began yelling that there was a bomb in the building before leaving in a taxi. About 15 minutes later, the hotel received two phone calls relaying bomb threats.

The property was partially evacuated as police investigated the “suspicious items.”

Koren said earlier Tuesday afternoon the suspect was located and taken into custody early in the afternoon. No other details on the suspect were immediately available.

The Police captain said no hazardous material was found after the bomb threat.

No details about the suspect were released.

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Boy, 5, falls to death from hotel after escaping Afghanistan

A 5-year-old Afghan boy fell to his death from the ninth-floor window of a hotel in the UK, where he and his family recently arrived after being evacuated from their war-torn country, according to reports.

Mohammed Munib Majeedi, whose dad had worked at the British embassy in Kabul, plunged about 70 feet to his death Wednesday at the OYO Sheffield Metropolitan hotel, the Mirror reported.

His horrified mother, Shekiba, yelled, “My boy!” and “Save my son, please!” after the tragic incident.

The tragic child apparently slipped out the window — which was only supposed to be able to open about 2 inches — at about 2:30 p.m. according to the outlet.

Mohammed and his parents, who arrived in Britain in recent weeks, were among a group of Afghan refugees who were housed at the hotel after spending time in quarantine, the Guardian reported.

Jawed Jamal Akhtar, 35, an Afghan interpreter who also was staying at the hotel with his wife and six kids, told the Mirror that he went to the hospital with the boy and his mother, “but you could see Mohammed was dead.”

He said the dead boy’s dad, Omar, arrived crying at the hospital.

“The last time I saw the mother she was not good,” Akhtar said.

“After the boy fell his mother was shouting, ‘Save my son, please!’” he added. “Just the day before, Mohammed was playing with my children at the front of the hotel — they were playing cops and robbers.”

Afghans continue to wait near the Kabul International Airport as they try to flee the Afghanistan, on August 20, 2021
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Akhtar said he has checked that the windows in his room only open a couple of inches.

“Last night my children would not go to bed, they were really scared,” he said.

Hotel guests have previously pointed out that the windows were dangerous, according to the Express.

In a 2019 complaint posted on the hotel’s Facebook page, a guest shared chilling images showing how wide the windows could be extended — and said there was “no safety whatsoever,” according to the news outlet.

“It is not child friendly, has huge health and safety issues,” the mother reportedly wrote.
“I could not open the window as it opened so wide I was scared my children would fall out.”

A friend and former colleague of Mohammed’s father said he recently said goodbye to the boy.

“When I was at the airport saying goodbye to Majeedi, I just hugged his small kid. I remember he was doing childish acts,” the unidentified pal told the Express. “I can’t understand how this happened. I am shocked.”

The Home Office had been informed about safety concerns at the budged hotel, according to the Guardian, which reported that it was used briefly last year as temporary accommodation for asylum seekers before several families from Afghanistan were housed there.

Recent online reviews of the hotel described it as “absolutely disgusting,” “grimy” and “dirty,” according to the outlet.

“We are extremely saddened by the tragic death of a child at a hotel in Sheffield. The police are providing support to the family while the investigation continues and we cannot comment further at this time,” a Home Office spokesperson told the Guardian.

South Yorkshire police said in a statement that liaison officers are assisting the grieving family.

“We would ask that their privacy is respected at this time. Officers are appealing for anyone with information relating to the incident to come forward,” the statement said.

Dan Jarvis, the mayor of the Sheffield city region, said he was “desperately saddened at the appalling news,” according to the Guardian.

Turkish soldiers helps people waiting for evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 18, 2021.
Turkish soldiers helps people waiting for evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 18, 2021.
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“My thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family, who will be experiencing an unimaginable pain at present,” added Jarvis, who has served for the British army in Afghanistan.

Refugee Council chief Enver Solomon said: “This a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with the family who have gone through so much trauma and suffering to reach the UK.”

Enver called on the “Home Office carry out an urgent investigation into what has happened so steps can be taken to quickly learn lessons,” adding that families from Afghanistan “are vulnerable and often very traumatized.

“There should always be safeguarding assessments carried out so steps are taken to ensure nobody, especially children, is put at risk,” he added.

OYO Rooms, which owns the Metropolitan hotel, did not immediately respond to the Guardian’s request for comment.



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