Meghan Markle leaves US hotel where she was guest speaker at 'power of women' ... trends now
Meghan Markle was spotted leaving an Indianapolis hotel where she spoke on the 'power of women' at a $5,000-a-table dinner thrown in her honour last night - hours after police in Britain said there had been credible threats to her life.
The royal was billed to appear with Rabbi Sandy Sasso, the first woman rabbi ordained by the Reconstructionist Judiasm movement at the event at the Marriot Downtown Hotel in Indianapolis last night.
Tickets for the event cost a whopping $500 per head, with any photography or recording on the night banned. She was on stage as William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, flew into Boston for a three-day visit to the US culminating in the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony on Friday night.
Meghan Markle points as she leaves a 'power of women' event in the US last night - where people paid $5,000 per table to hear her speak
Meghan was the main speaker and guest of honour at the event in the Midwest
But some shots appear to have leaked on to social media - and appeared to show framed pictures of Meghan on her own, or with Harry, being handed out as gifts to a table of guests.
Boston's landmarks will be lit up green by the Prince and Princess of Wales when they begin a three-day visit to the US culminating in the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony.
William and Kate begin their first official overseas trip since the death of the Queen with a welcome event outside Boston City Hall attended by Michelle Wu, the city's mayor.
From Speaker's Corner the couple will formally begin the countdown to Earthshot, being hosted by Boston on Friday, by lighting up City Hall and other prominent buildings green.
Superstar singer Billie Eilish will lead a stellar line-up for the awards ceremony, founded by William to recognise and scale-up environmental solutions to repair the planet.
Other acts to feature are Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding and Beyonce proteges Chloe x Halle, performing at the MGM Music Hall in Boston.
A royal source said: 'The prize has become the Prince's Superbowl moment of the year, and he looks forward to continuing to use the platform each year to shine a light on some of the most impactful projects doing amazing things around the world to save our planet's future.'
It is not known how much Meghan will have been paid for the appearance, if at all, however PR experts believe she could earn up to £1million per speech in the US.
It came as a British police chief said they had investigated many credible plots against the Duchess of Sussex that threatened her life.
Outgoing Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the threats received against Meghan were 'very real', calling them 'disgusting'.
He told Channel 4 News there were serious threats emanating from far-Right groups in this country, adding: 'If you'd seen the stuff that was written and you were receiving it... the kind of rhetoric that's online... you would feel under threat all of the time.'
When asked if there was a genuine threat to Meghan's life more than once, Mr Basu replied: 'Absolutely. We had teams investigating it. People have been prosecuted for those threats.'
The former head of royal protection was asked to characterise the threats that Meghan and Harry received, responding: 'Well, disgusting. And very real. I've talked publicly for many years about the threat of extreme Right-wing terrorism in this country.'
The interview was broadcast yesterday on Mr Basu's final day in office before he retires.
He did not name the cases involved, but his interview appeared to have taken the force by surprise last night.
The Indiana event drew supporters from across the state, and perhaps even further, with one group traveling from Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg, about 100 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
'A strong team of @IvyLburgBville women philanthropists traveled to Indianapolis to attend the Power of Women event,' the school tweeted. 'Remarkable event this evening!'
The benefit was hosted by the Women's Fund of Central Indiana, a special-interest fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, a registered non-profit.
Prior keynote speakers at Women's Fund