Meghan Markle's Baby Shower Break Down: World's Most Expensive Hotel And Going Out After With Serena Williams
Meghan’s back! After flying out to America on a private jet (costing over $100,000 and covered by a close friend in Toronto!), we all knew the Duchess was up to something special. Finally, news broke that Markle was coming to NYC to celebrate what’s probably one of the most special events in her life so far - her royal baby shower. From flower-arranging lessons to relaxing in the most expensive penthouse in the U.S., the celebration was as lavish as anyone expected it to be. We broke down exactly what went down during the Duchess' mini-getaway and royal baby shower.
MEGHAN GOES BACK TO HER AMERICAN WAYS
After the stress of adjusting to a lifestyle that was completely new and foreign to the American actress (and enduring all the drama), the seven months pregnant Duchess is enjoying a well-deserved break. Before heading to Morocco later this week with her hubby, Meghan is spending some quality time with her closest friends.
And of course, the Suits actress is making the best out of her time spent in New York. From drinking tea and feasting on delicious macarons at her favorite SoHo bakery to shopping for baby clothing at Bonpoint, Markle has been given the chance to revert back to her old self once again - and she’s soaking up every minute of it.
As we all know, Meghan has been ruffling some feathers within the royal family ever since she joined the picture. Although she’s royalty now, The Duchess of Sussex made it clear many times that she’s going to do things her way - regardless of the Anglophile traditions. “As an American, she was very excited to have a baby shower thrown for her. In a Vanity Fair report, a source state, “I think she’d have felt she was missing out if she didn’t have one. It’s been such a fun time for her, she is with her oldest friends in the city she loves and really enjoying herself.”
A NIGHT OUT WITH THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX
Before the celebration commenced, Meghan spent a night out on the town on Tuesday evening with close friends Williams, Anderson, and Mulroney. Dressed in a $3,085 navy Victoria Beckham coat, the Duchess made her way to Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar - a restaurant that’s frequently visited by celebrities.
Here’s the best part. First of all, it’s a well-known fact that Meghan’s husband is a devoted polo player, so the restaurant theme is hilariously ironic. Secondly, the bar menu even has a drink named after Markle’s father-in-law, the Prince of Wales. The $22 cocktail is made out of High West Rendezvous Rye, Cherry Heering, honey, pineapple, and Champagne. Coincidence?
The restaurant is also known for its impeccable menu variety and delicious food. It satisfies Meghan's cravings for her beloved avocados, with her favorite $28 crab and avocado salad, to something more pricey like a $70 ribeye steak with hand-cut fries. Apparently, some of the other celebrities that love visiting this A-list hotspot includes the likes of President Trump.
The day proved to be one of lots of socializing for the Duchess, as she also reportedly went out for lunch with her former 'Suits' co-star, Abigail Spencer, earlier on. According to Hello! magazine, the two friends had a change of plans because the place wasn't private enough, and the women couldn't properly catch up on their business. They moved to Café Boulud at the Surrey Hotel, instead.
LIVING LAVISHLY AT THE MARK HOTEL
The exact date of the shower was unclear at first, with some reports suggesting that the event took place on Tuesday, when in fact it happened this past Wednesday. However, one thing we knew for sure was the location of the baby shower - and you can bet that it’s absolutely stunning. With Meghan’s close friends Amal Clooney and Serena Williams hosting, the baby shower took place at The Mark Hotel in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, in a $75,000-per-night penthouse suite.
According to lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler, the Mark Hotel penthouse is the largest in the U.S. and the world, as it ties in with the $75,000/night Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Geneva in Switzerland. The suite is spread over two floors and includes five bedroom, four fireplaces, six bathrooms (no waiting time!), two powder rooms, plus a 2,500-square-feet private rooftop terrace, with breathtaking views over Central Park. And, the best part - Serena took it upon herself to cover the cost of the bill. Sounds like we all need a Serena in our life.
THE ACTUAL BABY SHOWER: FLOWER LESSONS AND DESSERT-TASTING
The event included exactly what you could picture a pregnant Duchess doing to unwind and have fun. The baby shower started off with a flower-arranging lesson, followed by a dessert-tasting experience organized by Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The guest list included Meghan’s best friend Misha Nonoo, who is newly engaged, her college friend Lindsay Roth, as well as Markle’s former co-star Abigail Spencer, stylist Jessica Mulroney, Priyanka Chopra, Benita Litt, and Markus Anderson.
The Duchess of Sussex is glowing and looked completely overjoyed with her mini-trip. When you consider the number of drastic changes, drama, and negative press that Meghan had to overcome this past year, we sincerely believe that this little getaway is exactly what the Duchess needed to feel like her old self once again - and we can’t wait for the exciting, big day to finally come! What do you guys think about Meghan’s celebration? Let us know your opinion in the comments below! Make sure to stay tuned for more future developments.