- Meghan Markle’s extravagant baby shower in New York was far from British tradition
- Omid Scobie said they had never seen someone throw such a lavish party to celebrate a baby’s arrival
- Ingrid Seward called Markle’s baby shower trashy and said the crows gathered because of the celebrity guests
Meghan Markle’s lavish baby shower raised some eyebrows and made palace aides roll their eyes, according to a royal biographer and reporter.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child together. In Channel 4’s new documentary “A Very Royal Baby: From Cradle to Crown,” which aired Thursday, royal authors Ingrid Seward and Omid Scobie revisited Markle’s baby shower in New York that allegedly cost $500,000.
“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,” Scobie said.
The “Finding Freedom” author admitted that the idea of a baby shower was “far from British tradition as you can get.” He admitted that prior to Markle’s flashy baby shower, “[they] had never seen someone throw this very lavish affair to celebrate the impending arrival of a baby.”
Meanwhile, Seward criticized the event and called it “trashy.”
“They walked in through the front entrance carrying these enormous bags from the most expensive shops in New York,” the royal author and editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine said in the documentary. “Crowds gathered because they were all celebrities, there was Gayle King from CBS, Serena Williams and Amal Clooney.”
Scobie added that there has been a lot of speculation about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second child. Many believed that Markle might give birth in Cedars-Sinai because it has some of the “finest maternity suites in the country.”
In his book, Scobie previously claimed that the aides were spitting over Markle’s $500,000 baby shower.
“While the trip had been a hit with Meghan, senior courtiers back in the U.K. 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 walks of the duchess in big black sunglasses from her hotel to her car and a laundry list of insider party details reported by U.S. press,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, Markle reportedly has no plans to have a baby shower for her upcoming daughter. The duchess didn’t think it was appropriate to do so amid the pandemic.
“Meghan doesn’t feel a big baby shower with gifts is appropriate right now,” a source told Us Weekly. “There is too much strife in the world. She and Harry have been so involved with humanitarian issues, they both feel their time and resources can be used for a better purpose.”