Meghan Markle Wears a Disguise to Take Pilates Classes and Walk Around London Unnoticed

Meghan Markle reportedly wears a disguise in London so she can walk around unnoticed. The Duchess of Sussex reportedly uses her anonymity to take pilates classes and go to Whole Foods.

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Being royal comes with a lot of privileges (world travel (opens in new tab)vacations in castles (opens in new tab)tiaras you can borrow after 6 pm sometimes (opens in new tab)). But, in exchange for the perks, you lose the ability to do normal things (opens in new tab), like taking a Pilates class (opens in new tab) or shopping at Whole Foods.


Meghan Markle (opens in new tab), unable or just unwilling to give up these normal human activities, has reportedly taken to wearing disguises around London (opens in new tab) so she can leave Kensington Palace (opens in new tab) without being mobbed by fans and photographers.

According to People (opens in new tab), the Duchess of Sussex (opens in new tab) uses a tried and true Hollywood disguise for her excursions—a baseball cap.

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Meghan going "incognito" to yoga class in Toronto in 2017.

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"She spends most of her weekends in the Cotswolds with Harry," a source told the magazine. "When she does venture out to Pilates or to get her hair done, she normally goes incognito under a baseball cap."

Meghan's favorite place to sneak away to is apparently the local Whole Foods, which is a short walk from the palace.

“The only other place she has visited regularly is Whole Foods, which is little more than five minutes away from Kensington Palace," the People source explained. "That way she can quickly sneak in and out without anyone noticing it’s her."

As The Cut (opens in new tab) notes, a photo of a woman who resembled Meghan and was wearing the exact "disguise" described by People's source made the rounds on Twitter earlier this week.

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"So incredibly enough, walking by @kensingtonroyal — we spotted this beautiful, woman with a familiar air outside the entrance to the private residence where Harry & Meghan live. MEGHAN!?," entertainment reported Lisa Petrillo wrote (opens in new tab) with the photo. "Her dog was doing his business. She couldn’t have been sweeter."

Meghan might need to change her disguise. I vote for those classic Groucho glasses (opens in new tab) with a mustache and fake nose attached.

[H/T People (opens in new tab)]

Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.