The Sussexes put on another loved-up public display as they snuggled up at a dinner to celebrate Harry turning 39 in a packed German bar last night, MailOnline can reveal today.
The couple dined at Im Goldenen Kessel in Dusseldorf where they hugged the manager and left a ‘big tip’ before departing to a chorus of happy birthday, repeated by the crowd at the volleyball this morning where Harry looked a little jaded.
After a series extraordinary red carpet-style flirting and affection at the Invictus Games’ public events this week, the couple appeared to be just as tactile as they enjoyed their first meal away from the five-star Hyatt Hotel where they are ensconced in the presidential suite.
Prince Harry turns 39 today and washed down bratwurst sausage and wiener schnitzel with six beers – but his wife stuck to one small lager. Harry famously went teetotal and abandoned caffeine when Meghan was pregnant with Archie, dumping beer, tea and coffee for green juices. But he is firmly back on the booze, bar staff revealed to MailOnline.
Waiters described having ‘goosebumps’ as the couple arrived with close friends and aides last night. Diners at the restaurant and bar were asked not to take pictures but said they saw him laughing and joking as the food arrived at his table. He also looked thrilled when a birthday cake arrived at the end of the ‘family meal’.
He and Meghan happily posed for photographs with the owner Thea Ungermann and head waiter Frank Wackers who has worked at the restaurant for 38 years and happily shared images with MailOnline. Thea said: ‘He was a lovely man and was having a very jolly time. Meghan was lovely.’
She added: ‘The couple were very relaxed, they drank our beer, Schumacher Alt – it’s the same beer they are serving at the Invictus Games. Harry and Meghan sat next to each other during the meal. I had goosebumps when they walked into the restaurant, I had watched his speech on the stage at the Invictus Games and couldn’t believe he was in my restaurant. Prince Harry gave me a hug’.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated Harry’s 39th birthday in a German beer house. Pictured: The Sussex’s with the owner of the restaurant Thea Ungermann and head waiter Frank Wackers
Prince Harry and Meghan watch sitting volleyball at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf today. Harry looked a little jaded after a night with his wife and a few beers
Harry and his party took up two tables and were served their food and beer by head waiter Frank Wackers (pictured with owner of the restaurant Thea Ungermann), who has worked at the restaurant for 38 years
Prince Harry tucked into plates of bratwurst sausage, red cabbage and mashed potato at the restaurant (pictured)
Staff at the restaurant said Meghan had one small beer. They were so thrilled to have Harry and Meghan that they shared photos with each other of the couple posing up. Pictured are diners at the restaurant
Harry was served six small beers – about half a pint rather than the litre sized beers most German breweries serve, staff have said. Pictured: The interior of Im Goldenen Kessel
Harry had six half pints of beer as aides and friends toasted him becoming another year older. Meghan had one small beer.
Bar staff said the royals were ‘lovely’ and left a ‘big tip’ for staff who served plates piled high with bratwurst sausages, wiener schnitzel, red cabbage and mashed potato.
A source told Hello: ‘It had a very joyful family meal feel. It’s the first night that Harry and Meghan have eaten outside of the hotel restaurant so it was a great experience. They always eat with their team but tonight was a special evening.’
Meghan stuck with the white skinny jeans she opted for to watch the sitting volleyball match yesterday. She paired it with a red and white pinstriped shirt and nude ballet pumps. Meanwhile Harry chose dark jeans and a grey top.
During his meal, Harry was presented with a birthday cake by staff at the restaurant, based in the old town of the city of Dusseldorf.
He and his party took up two tables and were served their food and beer by Mr Wackers, who has worked at the restaurant, which is part of the Schumacher brewery, for 38 years.
Mr Wackers told MailOnline Harry was served six small beers – about half a pint rather than the litre sized beers most German breweries serve.
He said Harry and his party were served Wiener Schnitzel, Pork knuckle, sausage and plates of roast and mashed potato.
Pictured above is the menu for Im Goldenen Kessel, where Harry celebrated his birthday
Earlier on in the day, the Duke and Duchess attended the volleyball match at the Invictus Games
The pair delighted fans, taking selfies with them, hugging them and chatting with them ahead of the match
Mr Wackers said: ‘They were very happy. He is a lovely man, and they were so nice.’
Staff at the restaurant said that Meghan had one small beer.
Diners largely left the party alone but were allowed to take photographs.
Mr Wackers joked that Harry’s bodyguard asked what was the beer like and when he told him was awful.
‘He said that he would kill me if the beer was bad, but I know he was joking.’
Aides and staff sang Happy Birthday as the restaurant presented Harry a white chocolate cake.
After tucking in, the party then walked back to their waiting cars along cobbled streets in the Old Town, or Altstadt area of the city.
The animated couple were seen cheering on the teams as they stood with crowds watching the Ukraine vs Nigeria match
The beaming Duchess took selfies with others in the crowd at the Mekur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf
Meghan hugs a Nigerian support while at the preliminary round of the mixed volleyball games
The couple laughed, while Meghan waved a Nigerian flag, as they took selfies with others within the crowd
Meghan appeared amused as Harry chatted to her during the tense game
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex put on an extraordinary red carpet-style display of flirting and affection at the Invictus Games yesterday
Harry places his hand on Meghan’s arm yesterday as the pair interact with fans at the Ukraine v Nigeria volleyball match
The smiling Duchess of Sussex puts her arm around he husband Prince Harry at yesterday’s games
Harry and Meghan smile for the camera as a fan takes a selfie
Harry was so happy to be at yesterday’s festivities that he even performed a dance from the stands
Harry is seen dancing in the crowd as Meghan interacts with adoring fans
The source close to the Prince said: ‘They drank local beer and ate family style dishes to experience a true German meal. Everyone was incredibly friendly, especially the waiters pictured in the photograph online.
‘They did not dine in a private space and were in joyful spirits, toasting and laughing with the team.
After dinner the group headed back to the hotel to sing happy birthday and eat cake just shy of midnight!’
The owner of the restaurant said Harry picked up the bill and left a big tip for the staff.
The restaurant is attached to the Schumacher brewery, one of two popular venues in the Dusseldorf.
Crowds flocked around the Duke and Duchess as they headed to the arena to watching the volleyball and table tennis games yesterday
The couple appeared on the edge of their seats as they watched the game yesterday afternoon
Meghan looked glamorous as she arrived in white skinny jeans with a white Ralph Lauren sweater vest. Harry opted for a pair of black jeans paired with a denim blue shirt
One fan shared a selfie of her and Meghan on X, formally known as Twitter. She wrote: ‘Our Princess is in the house to watch her village people play Ukraine’
Earlier this week, the couple were seen watching the wheelchair basketball final at the Invictus Games in Germany
The couple were reunited on Wednesday, where Meghan gave a speech to a crowd of participants
During the speech, Meghan apologised for being late to the games adding that she had to take her eldest Archie, four, to school. Pictured: The pair were reunited on Wednesday
Yesterday Prince Harry spoke with those who were attending his charity’s huge annual event
Meghan Markle opted for another muted outfit yesterday as she sported a brown silky shirt and trousers to join Prince Harry at the Invictus Games
The Wiener Schnitzel is one the menu for 30 euros while the Bratwurst is £14.50 a portion.
The restaurant does not have menus in English but fortunately staff, in particular owner Thea Ungermann, speaks fluent English. Her head waiter also speaks very good English and was able to take the Harry and Meghan orders down without need for translation into German.
Harry and his party had driven from their hotel in the Media Harbour of the city and were dropped off by a pedestrian area.
They walked the 50 yards to the restaurant past other bars before occupying two tables in a raised section of the restaurant which is next door to a McDonalds.
The party drank the locally brewed beer called Alt Schumacher which is also served at the Merkur Spiel-Arena where the Invictus Games are held.
While she has opted for inexpensive high street looks in her last few appearance, the Duchess went high end yesterday – and paired the look with £165 oversized Miu Miu sunglasses
Meghan wowed in the all brown ensemble as she headed out
The mother-of-two, 42, opted for a monochrome ensemble with two-tones of brown, while wearing $1,490 wide-leg silk trousers from Gabriel Hearst, which she previously sported to the One Young World roundtable in 2022
She paired the look with £165 oversized Miu Miu sunglasses and a £365 Dani Blouse from French designer L’agence
Adding even more glamour to the look, the royal wore Princess Diana ‘s £17,800 Cartier watch and but swapped out her $62,000 Lorraine Schwartz pinky ring made with ‘diamonds gifted from the Middle East’ for a $2,800 1972 tennis pinky ring from Shiffon and Co
She added her £5,000 Cartier love bracelet to the look as she walked hand-in-hand with Prince Harry
Restaurant owner Thea said: ‘The couple were very relaxed, they drank our beer, Schumacher Alt – it’s the same beer they are serving at the Invictus Games.
‘Harry and Meghan sat next to each other during the meal. I had goosebumps when they walked into the restaurant, I had watched his speech on the stage at the Invictus Games and couldn’t believe he was in my restaurant. Prince Harry was so lovely and gave me a hug.’
The restaurant posted the group photo Harry and Meghan posing with staff on their social media.
Harry is thought to have had an early 39th party as he will be busy with events at the games on Friday.