Meghan Markle has opened up about how her friends surprised her with a ‘beautiful’ baby shower in New York when she was expecting her son Archie in the latest instalment of her and Harry’s Netflix show.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, celebrated the impending birth of her firstborn son with the prince by flying to the Big Apple by private jet in 2019. Around 20 friends attended the five-day celebration, including Serena Williams.
In the fourth episode of the docu-series, which was released today, the royal mother shared a number of pictures from the event, which took place in one of the most expensive suites at The Mark Hotel in Manhattan.
In the snaps she can be seen beaming with friends, while in another they could be seen arranging flowers.
Meghan Markle has opened up about how her friends ‘surprised’ her with a ‘beautiful’ baby shower at The Mark Hotel in Manhattan when she was expecting her son Archie (Pictured: The Duchess with friends including Abigail Spencer, Daniel Martin, Misha Nonoo, Serena Williams and Lindsay Roth)
Speaking in the show, Meghan said: ‘My friends surprised me with a really beautiful baby shower in New York.
‘They were like, “We’re going to shower her with love, and shower her baby, and she’s going to survive this and we’re going to get through it with her.”‘
Meanwhile her friend Silver Tree said: ‘It’s like this really magical time of us just celebrating her.’
Serena said: ‘It was just so cool and so fun to try to have an intimate moment.’
In one photograph Meghan, dressed in a navy blue polka-dot dress, can be seen laughing with her friends
In one previously unseen snap, Meghan stood alongside Amal Clooney and Serena Williams as they take part in a flower arranging class
Another snap from the event shows the group of friends all reaching out to Meghan’s blossoming baby bump
Guests attending the event included Meghan’s makeup artist Daniel Martin, her former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer and her former BFF Jessica Mulroney.
Meanwhile Misha Nonoo, Serena Williams and close friend Lindsay Roth can also be seen posing in snaps from the 2019 event.
In the previously unseen photographs, Meghan can be seen dressed in a smart navy blue polka-dot dress.
In one, Meghan stands alongside Serena and Amal Clooney as they take part in a flower arranging class.
Dressed in aprons, the group appear to be enjoying a selection of drinks, including mocktails and glasses of wine.
One of the cakes features a cartoon topper showing Meghan and Harry together next to a pram (pictured)
Another photograph shows Meghan holding her belly while laughing alongside a dessert table.
The cost of Meghan’s New York baby shower
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
Lewis Miller – $20,000
One of the cakes features a cartoon topper showing Meghan and Harry together next to a pram.
It is believed to be the work of event designer Darcy Miller, who has been credited with putting together the lavish dessert buffet.
Another snap shows her friends reaching out to touch her pregnant belly.
In February 2019, the Duchess and her closest friends partied at the same hotel – in one of the world’s most expensive suites.
She and Abigail grabbed lunch together before being joined by the rest of the group for dinner at The Polo Bar, the swank New York restaurant owned by designer Ralph Lauren.
Then, on the day of, she welcomed even newer friends to her party at The Mark, including human rights lawyer Amal.
Her mother’s absence also meant that Markle did not have one family member at the party, including new sister-in-law Kate Middleton, though baby showers have never been a British tradition.
The shower was hosted by Serena, Jessica and Genevieve Hillis, who has been Markle’s best friend since the age of 17 when they met at Northwestern University in Illinois.
‘It was a small, private affair, and a special time for her,’ CBS presenter, Gayle King previously said.
‘Having a baby is a great thing.’
The Duchess’s close pals were treated to stork-shaped cake pops and miniature slices of carrot cake, as well as multiple cupcakes iced in pink and green frosting.
Guests at the lavish baby shower in New York City left the intimate gathering with high-end gift bags filled with the royal’s favorite products.
High-profile attendees were seen leaving the Mark Hotel’s incredible Grand Penthouse Suite, which costs a staggering $75,000 per night.
Serena Williams was among the guests who attended the event in February 2019 (pictured)
Goodies! Daniel shared a picture of the cookies from Meghan’s star-studded baby shower in New York, saying he had ‘such an incredible day celebrating’
According to People, guests were gifted Cuyana leather totes that were filled to the brim with products, much like Oscars swag bags.
The totes, which retail for $175-$195 depending on style, included $67 Jo Malone Green Tomato Leaf scented candles, $65 Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder and $81 Susanne Kaufmann Body Butter.
They also reportedly featured products from Rodin and Jessica Alba’s company Honest Beauty.
On the day of Meghan’s shower, about 17 Away suitcases were delivered to The Mark Hotel, each of which cost $225.
The Sussexes’ six-part show – which forms part of their multimillion-pound deal with Netflix – has become the streaming giant’s most-watched documentary in a premiere week, debuting with 81.55million hours viewed.
The initial tranche covered the couple’s courtship and romance, but many were left deeply unhappy about the programme’s full-on assault on the late Queen’s Commonwealth legacy, with some saying it seemed as if the couple want to ‘bring down the monarchy’.
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