EXCLUSIVE: Early birthday party? Prince Harry’s ‘father figure’ pal David Foster and his wife Katharine McPhee are pictured near the Sussexes’ $14.7 million Montecito mansion, days before the Duke turns 36
- David, 70, and Katharine, 36, were seen filling up their car with gas in Montecito on Saturday, before driving to visit a house that was just a few doors down from Harry and Meghan’s new home
- Prince Harry has reportedly formed an incredibly close bond with music producer David, with Katharine previously speaking out to describe their ‘beautiful relationship’, saying they are ‘like father and son’
- She and Meghan, 39, are also said to be close, and they even attended the same school in Los Angeles
- In August, it was reported that David is planning a birthday party for Harry; the royal turns 36 on September 15
- David exclusively revealed to DailyMail.com in January that he organized Meghan and Harry’s stay at a mansion in North Saanich, Canada, where they lived for several months before moving to LA
- The day before David and Katharine were seen, Meghan’s former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer was also pictured in Montecito, selling flowers with her company County Line Florals
David, 70, and wife Katharine, 36, were spotted near the Duke and Duchess’s Montecito mansion on Saturday, with exclusive images from DailyMail.com showing the couple filling up their car with gas before driving off to a house just a few doors down from Meghan and Harry’s new home.
The couple’s Montecito outing comes just days ahead of Prince Harry’s birthday, for which David is reported to be masterminding celebrations, and could well be a sign that the foursome got together in order to celebrate the big day early – while also no doubt toasting Harry and Meghan’s newly-inked Netflix deal.
On the move: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s close friends David Foster and Katharine McPhee were seen out and about near the Sussexes’ home in Montecito on Saturday – suggesting they may have visited the couple over Labor Day weekend
Errands: Katharine, 36, was seen filling up her car with gas before she and husband David, 70, drove to a property just a few doors down from Harry and Meghan’s new $14.7 million Montecito home
Helping hand: The couple shared the job of pumping gas, with Katharine taking over from David, who then went to sit in the driver’s seat of their Land Rover
Both David and Katharine were dressed casually for the outing, with actress Katharine wearing a pair of jeans and a black T-shirt, with a white button-up which she had tied at the waist.
She completed her look with a pair of slip-on Gucci loafers, and her hair was tied up in a messy ponytail.
Celebration? Katharine and David’s trip to Montecito comes just one week before Prince Harry’s 36th birthday – for which David is said to be organizing a party
David mirrored his wife’s ensemble, donning baggy jeans, a white T-shirt, a blue button-up, and a pair of sunglasses that were seen hanging from the neck of his tee.
The couple were both pictured taking turns by the pump, before David got climbed back into the driver’s seat of their Land Rover while Katharine blew him a sweet kiss through the window.
Their arrival in Montecito came just over a week before Harry’s turns 36 – and one month after it was first reported that David is planning to throw the Duke a fun-filled party in celebration of his first Los Angeles-based birthday.
In August, the Mirror claimed that the party, which is set to take place on September 15, the date of Harry’s birthday, will be held at David’s Los Angeles home, with a source telling the publication that it would be a low-key and intimate celebration.
‘David wants to make it special for Harry but also keep it casual and low-key with some fine wine, great food and intimate company,’ the source claimed.
‘He is setting aside the fire pit at his home plus the whole outdoor area, which security will cordon off.’
According to the publication, no royals other than Harry and Meghan were due to be in attendance at the event, however David was reportedly planning to include his daughters, actresses Erin and Sara, and their respective husbands, all of whom ‘are around the same age’ as the Duke and Duchess.
But before Harry’s big birthday arrives, the couple still has plenty to celebrate – not least their newly-signed deal with Netflix, which is said to be worth anywhere between $100 and $150 million.
‘Father figure’: David and Harry have formed a very close bond since being introduced by their wives last year, with Katharine recently saying they are like ‘father and son’
Pucker up! Katharine, who seen blowing a kiss to her husband through the window, attended school with Meghan as a teen, and the pair also took part in a local theater group together
Preparations? According to the Mirror, David is planning a low-key and intimate birthday celebration for September 15, which will take place at his Los Angeles home
Party people: Ahead of Harry’s birthday, the group would still have had plenty to celebrate – not least Harry and Meghan’s newly-inked deal with Netflix, which is said to be worth between $100 and $150 million
Low-key: Katharine opted for a casual look for her outing, modeling jeans and a white button-up that she tied around the waist over a black T-shirt, before finishing the look off with Gucci loafers
Details of the deal first emerged last week, with The New York Times revealing that Meghan and Harry have founded a yet-to-be-named production company through which they will create documentaries, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming.
In a statement, the Sussexes said: ‘Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope. As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.’
They added that Netflix’s ‘unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.’
And that’s not the only news that the foursome will have had to celebrate together.
On Monday it was revealed that Harry and Meghan have paid back all of the $3.1 million in taxpayer money that was spent on the redevelopment of Frogmore Cottage, the five-bedroom property that they use as their UK base.
The couple, who had been paying the cash back in monthly installments, announced that they have completely refunded the Sovereign Grant in the days after their lucrative Netflix deal was revealed.
Sources close to the couple also claimed that they will no longer be receiving handouts from Prince Charles as they have sought to establish ‘financial independence’ – something that their latest career move will certainly help to provide.
Another friend: Meghan’s former Suits co-star and close friend Abigail Spencer was also seen out and about in Montecito over the weekend. The actress was pictured selling flowers out of a vintage Volkswagen van with her company County Line Florals
Popular: According to an onlooker, Abigail’s flower pop-up proved incredibly successful, with almost every bloom selling out in just two hours
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex certainly appear to be settling fully into life outside of the royal family, having now spent several months in their new $14.7 million home in Montecito – where they may well have entertained David and Katharine over the long Labor Day weekend.
It is understood that the two couples have grown incredibly close, with Meghan and Katharine establishing a friendship back when they attended the same Los Angeles school as teenagers, before introducing their husbands, who also formed an instant bond.
In fact, Katharine told Access Hollywood in May of this year that her husband and Harry have formed a ‘beautiful relationship’ that is more like that of a ‘father and son’.
‘My husband has a really, really beautiful relationship with Harry,’ she said. ‘They’re like, they’re so cute. They’re like father and son.’
She added that she and Meghan first reconnected last year, having formed a friendship during childhood, although Katharine noted that David and Harry have actually grown far closer than the two women.
However Meghan may well have had another visitor this weekend in the form of her former Suits co-star-turned-close pal Abigail Spencer, who was pictured in the Duke and Duchess’s Montecito neighborhood on Friday, when she set up a flower shop pop-up for her new business, County Line Florals.