connectVideoA new report says Meghan Markle a second baby shower in the U. K.
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, 37, had a star-studded baby shower last month in New York City and now has a small shower of five or six people ” at Buckingham Palace, according to a report from The Daily Mail.
Queen Elizabeth II’s former press spokesman admitted that he believed Meghan Markle, the star-studded baby shower was a little too much.
“Baby showers, it is very much an American thing,” Dickie Arbiter recently told Us Weekly. “We’re not doing it here in the uk, It was a bit over the top in terms of cost and the way they got there.”
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Referee, who previously served as media manager for Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, is currently a sought-after expert on the British royal family.
The british Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, to be greeted by Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, the second left, and Princess Lalla Hasnâ Morocco, the residence of King Mohammed VI of Morocco, on the third day of their tour of Morocco, Rabat, Monday, feb. 25, 2019.
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In February, Markle flew to New York City for a high-profile baby shower in the Upper East Side hotel The Mark. The festivities were reportedly organized by Serena Williams, who booked out the penthouse suite and personally covered the cost of the $75 G-a-night room bill.
Markle traveled on a private jet, which is estimated to cost more than $100 a GRAM. Vanity Fair previously noted, the plane belongs to one of her friends in Toronto, who covered the cost for the 37-year-old, who is expecting her first child with husband, Prince Harry.
Referee said that he was stunned to read reports that the Duchess of Sussex was reportedly with a second baby shower in the U. K.
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“That is something they have to answer,” he explained. “Meghan is American and they do things the American way.”
But not everyone agrees with the Arbitrator’s analysis.
Meghan Markle in New York City.
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter told Fox News that while baby showers are an American tradition, the British monarchy has no problems with the former American actress celebrate abroad, because they are not the breaking of a royal line.
“There is absolutely no reason why Meghan is not a baby shower,” she explained. “Showers are largely an American tradition, and Harry, along with the rest of the royal family, would be more than happy for her to honor her own traditions and habits. Baby showers are not common in the uk as well as friends and family usually give gifts when a baby is born. It’s just a different way to do things and not because of a perceived ‘rules.’ Meghan’s friends throwing her a shower is a generous gesture and no doubt the time with them in New York, will be appreciated.”
The british royal expert Katie Nicholl, who is the author of the forthcoming book “Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss and Love,” pointed out that, although some critics were afraid that Markle spent the money of the taxpayers in the extravagant getaway, it was her friends who feet the bill. And while baby showers are not common, Nicholl said the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s mother and sister before a party when she was expecting.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
“Much has been made of how much the shower will cost, but this is not paid for by the taxpayer, but by her friends, so I don’t see why anyone would have a problem with it,” said Nicholl. “It is the case that a baby shower is more of an American phenomenon than a British, and I am told Meghan was very excited to have a shower and happy that her friends Serena Williams and Amal Clooney offered to host the party. They really pulled out all the stops and made it a fantastic party for Meghan.”
And when it comes to the royal family, the royal expert Marlene Koenig said that they would not want Markle to give up her American traditions, or close circle of friends, despite her title. And when it comes to supposedly show off her wealth, she said Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton head to the tropical island of Mustique, “a private island for the very wealthy,” almost every winter for the sun.
“[British royal family] know that Meghan had a life and career before getting married,” said Koenig. “She has adapted to royal duties very well, but she has friends who live in the US — friends that are well connected, well educated and professional women.”
“Personally, I think that the queen and [Prince] Charles can be impressed by Meghan’s friends, because most have achieved their successes on their own merits — for example, Meghan,” she continued. “The only negatives, and a cramp will come out of the British tabloid press. They thrive on negativity.”
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
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If there is only one downside to the baby shower, it should be noted, is how high profile it was. Markle, along with its famous guests, were frequently photographed in New York City as part of the celebration. Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said Markle would have benefited from a more top-secret affair to avoid the relentless paparazzi and the purification of the press.
“Baby showers are now regular events here in the united kingdom as in the united states,” said Seward. “Not everyone has them, but almost. Certainly, the Duchess of Cambridge was, but it was very private and we had no idea who lived there. I’m pretty sure that [Princess] Diana was not there, because they are not as in fashion, but I think that Fergie has and the Countess of Wessex. They are, of course, an American invention, which has crept here in the last 20-30 years. They are not regarded as in any way vulgar for members of the royal family to enjoy, just a fun way for friends to say congratulations.
“It is a bit of a pity it was so high profile and she was seen flying in and out on a private jet. But it would have been privately funded and has nothing to do with the British taxpayer, so I see no reason for her not to have fun and enjoy everything, which of course they did.”
“Meghan [baby shower] is unusual in the way it is,” added Nicholl. “It felt very celebrity with all the paparazzi and high-profile names in attendance.”
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Markle is reportedly due in April. The couple’s child will be seventh in line for the British throne.