Prince William and Kate Middleton's first stop in NYC: Gramercy Park
|The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving the Gramercy Park home of Sir Martin and Lady Cristiana Sorrell on Sunday night|
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Kate Middleton and Prince William's $2m Dinner
Less than an hour after the couple checked in to the storied Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side, they were whizzing downtown to the Gramercy Park apartment of British advertising legend Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP. There, they were the guests of honor at an ultraexclusive fundraising dinner in aid of their umbrella charity, the American Friends of the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The dinner began with a short address by Sir Martin's wife, Cristiana. The dinner was strictly private, with just 30 invites issued to New York's richest philanthropists and their partners.
While there was nothing so gauche as a recommended donation for the privilege of dining with the royals, the rumor is that no couple walked out of the gigantic apartment any less than $100,000 lighter, and that many of the guests are likely to have pledged larger sums, meaning the dinner is likely to have raised as much as $2 million in all.
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Prince William and Kate arrive in NYC
The couple, traveling without their 1-year-old son, George, left the hotel an hour after arriving to attend a private fundraiser at the Gramercy home of British ad exec Sir Martin Sorrell.
About 15 couples paying $50,000 each were slated to meet Wills and Kate and have cocktails and dinner
, the Daily Mail said. The money will go to the Royal Foundation, the charity run by the couple and Prince Harry.Read more in the New York Post
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take Big Apple by storm
Shortly after their arrival last night, they went to a glamorous dinner at the £10 million apartment of British advertising tycoon Sir Martin Sorrell in New York's fashionable Gramercy Park.
Wearing a short, black lace cocktail dress, Kate smiled for the cameras when she and William arrived at the home Sir Martin, shares with his Italian wife, Cristiana.
Fans gathered outside the apartment block to see the royal couple go into the dinner party for 30 wealthy backers of the American Friends of the Royal Foundation.