Palace aides were rolling their eyes and spitting fire over Meghan Markle’s New York baby shower while she was pregnant with her son Archie, according to royal insiders.
A royal biographer Ingrid Seward said the 2019 star-studded event was trashy with its swanky location at the Mark Hotel on the Upper East Side, “They walked in through the front entrance carrying these enormous bags from the most expensive shops in New York.”
“A Very Royal Baby: From Cradle to Crown. Crowds gathered because they were all celebrities, there was Gayle King from CBS, Serena Williams and Amal Clooney,” Ingrid said According to the Daily Mail.
Meghan Markle who is currently pregnant with her second child, a girl … in 2019 flew from the UK to New York to hold the baby shower which was organized by William and Clooney and attended by many other famous celebrities.
“I remember speaking to a palace aide at the time who rolled their eyes, they were horrified that something so common was happening within the House of Windsor,” royal expert Omid Scobie said.
“We had never seen someone throw this very lavish affair to celebrate the impending arrival of a baby,” he added, while it was also revealed then that the royal family was unhappy with the party.
Meanwhile, in February 2019, a former chief aide to late Princess Diana, Patrick Jephson told newsmen that Meghan was running the risk of alienating the people who were meant to be looking after her at Kensington Palace.
“This is a clear sign that Meghan thinks that being a royal Duchess is about celebrity … not royalty,” Patrick said of the alleged $500,000 baby shower, while Scobie reiterated that idea on Wednesday, saying, “It’s fair to say that the optics of the somewhat flashy shower did not go down well with certain individuals at the palace.
“While the trip had been a hit with Meghan, senior courtiers back in the UK were spitting out their morning tea when they saw her lavish baby shower thrown by friends turn into a media circus with what looked like carefully stage-managed paparazzi walk of the duchess in big black sunglasses from her hotel to her car and a laundry list of insider party details reported by US press.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are patiently waiting for the arrival of their second child this summer.
Here is the estimated cost of Meghan Markle’s star-studded baby shower, according to Daily Mail.
Private jet from the UK to New York, round trip – $250,000
The Mark Hotel Grand Penthouse Suite – $150,000
Five nights in a one-bedroom suite at The Mark Hotel – $9,982.05
Dinner for five at The Polo Bar – approx. $420
Lunch at Cafe Bolud – approx. $78
Afternoon tea for two at Laduree – approx. $45
Two Royal Protection officers – $14,213
Harp player Erin Hill – $625
17 Away carry-on suitcases – $3,825
Gifts: Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib – $379
10ft mandarin tree – approx. $140
Lady Fleur NYC roses – approx. $399.95
Trek bicycle – approx. $609.99
Carnival King cotton candy machine – $199.99
JZ Events – $50,000