Frozen Yogurt Shop Gets a Sales Boost After Meghan Markle Name-Checked Them to Oprah
The Duchess of Sussex briefly mentioned she was once employed at the Los Angeles chain Humphrey Yogart as a teenager in her interview with Winfrey on Sunday.
In the bombshell interview everyone is still talking about, meme-ifying, and quitting their talk shows over, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed a number of troubling truths about their lives as members of Britain's royal family to Oprah Winfrey.
And while the U.K., the Commonwealth, and the rest of the world are still reeling from pointed accusations of racism, double standards, and careless handling of mental health crises, there were a couple of moments that gave viewers cause to smile—from Archie's rescue chicken coop the "Chick Inn," to the Duchess of Sussex revealing she used to work at a Los Angeles-area froyo shop called Humphrey Yogart.
"I've been a waitress, an actress, a princess, a duchess. I've always just still been Meghan," she told Winfrey. "Thank God I had that life experience. Thank God I had known the value of working. My first job was when I was 13 at a frozen yogurt shop called Humphrey Yogart."
That name-check has been good for business at the Sherman Oaks, California-based store, which is actually located inside another store, a Gelson's supermarket in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood. Despite the fact that the Duchess' tenure was actually at a now-closed location in the upscale Beverly Connection shopping mall, the punnily-named tribute to actor Humphrey Bogart is seeing more foot traffic than it usually gets nestled inside a grocery store, according to the Los Angeles Times. On an average Monday, they would serve a few dozen customers, but the Monday after the Oprah interview aired, they reportedly served around 200.
Since the interview aired, customers have been asking about Duchess Meghan's employment, which was all the way back in 1994. As for the most scandalous question—was she fired?—shop publicist Greg Rogers told the Times that she definitely wasn't, though there's little other information about her history with the company as, at the time, she was one of approximately 80 employees over six locations, which were known to attract locals as well as local celebs.
So far, the Humphrey Yogart team has decided not to capitalize on its newfound fame—Duchess Meghan's name isn't mentioned anywhere at the store or on the website, and there are no plans to create a special menu item due to the serious nature of many of the couple's revelations in the interview. However, if you do require one, there's an off-menu tribute to Meghan and Harry in the form of a banana, chocolate chip, and peanut butter treat inspired by some of their favorite flavors.
And when it comes to dropping side-bombshells into already fascinating interviews, the Times doesn't disappoint: Rogers also admitted that comedian Jamie Kennedy was fired from a Humphrey Yogart location for eating on the job. Though, we get the feeling that Oprah interview won't be a primetime media event.