- Ex-maître d’ Michael Cecchi-Azzolina alleges Meghan Markle’s handler demanded a private table in a new book.
- Cecchi-Azzolina writes that Markle was silent and “aloof” while her handler spoke.
- His memoir, “Your Table is Ready: Tales of a New York City Maître D’,” comes out December 6.
Former maître d’ Michael Cecchi-Azzolina claims that Meghan Markle’s handler demanded a private table in 2017 at the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Coucou in New York City.
The Daily Mail obtained a copy of his upcoming memoir, “Your Table is Ready: Tales of a New York City Maître D’,” where Cecchi-Azzolina details the alleged encounter with Markle and a staffer. The former maître d’ alleged Markle and her handler arrived for the reservation 20 minutes early and immediately requested special treatment.
According to Cecchi-Azzolina, Markle stood by silently while her handler demanded a private table, claiming it was “for someone who is dating a prince.” At the time Markle was dating Prince Harry, who she would go on to marry a year later.
“Are you aware my guest is dating Prince Harry and about to be a duchess?” Cecchi-Azzolina wrote in reference to the unnamed staffer. “Don’t you have a private area for us to wait?”
Cecchi-Azzolina, who worked at Le Coucou for two-and-a-half years, recalled telling them he didn’t have a private table available.
In his book, Cecchi-Azzolina details his reaction to the request. “My first impulse was to laugh. I could give two shits about Prince Harry’s date, and by the attention the escort was drawing from the crowd at the bar, nor did anyone else,” he writes.
While the handler spoke to Cecchi-Azzolina, he wrote that Markle “didn’t say a word,” and described the Duchess of Sussex as “aloof.”
Representatives for Markle did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
According to his memoir, Markle wasn’t the only celebrity that left a bad taste in Cecchi-Azzolina’s mouth. He includes alleged interactions with Vogue editor Anna Wintour and supermodel Naomi Campbell, citing their behavior as “absolutely horrid” and “rude,” respectively.
Cecchi-Azzolina’s book will be available for purchase on December 6.
The memoir’s release comes days after the ongoing feud between late-night host James Corden and Balthazar owner Keith McNally. McNally took to Instagram Tuesday to claim that Corden was “abusive” to his servers and was banned from dining at his restaurant as a result.
Since then, the two have exchanged apologies and backtracked. Corden and McNally still appear to be on bad terms after Corden told The New York Times “I haven’t done anything wrong,” in an interview on Thursday.