In his new book, Your Table is Ready: Tales of a New York City Maître D, Michael Cecchi-Azzolina recalls celebrity encounters he had as a longtime restaurant manager in New York City. The "worst customers" would have included model Naomi Campbell and Vogue boss Anna Wintour. But an encounter with Duchess Meghan in 2017 in the Michelin restaurant Le Coucou was also remembered negatively by Cecchi-Azzolina, due to enormous hubris and arrogance.
"My first impulse was to laugh," continues Cecchi-Azzolina. "I didn't give a damn about Prince Harry's date." Duchess Meghan is said to have said "not a word" during the entire argument and appeared "distant". He then only countered: "The most powerful people in the world come here, nobody is really interested in you."
Cecchi-Azzolina did not make it public when exactly the encounter should have taken place. Meghan's engagement to Prince Harry was announced in November 2017.