Shower hostess with the mostest! Kate Middleton will throw her sister-in-law Meghan a ‘private baby-centric event’ for friends and family in the UK, after missing her lavish New York soiree
- Kate, 37, is reportedly throwing a second baby shower for Meghan, 37, in the UK
- A source said there is going ‘to be some sort of private baby-centric event for Meghan’s UK people,’ including relatives
- Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland was in Los Angeles on the day of her New York shower, but she is expected to attend the second party
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned from their royal tour of Morrocco on Monday, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently in Ireland
- The shower may be scheduled for immediately after their return, or it’s possible that the party will take place closer to Meghan’s due date
- Meghan and Prince Harry are expecting their first child in late April, early May
Meghan Markle was just feted by her closest pals during her lavish baby shower in New York City last week, but there is now another celebration being planned across the pond.
The 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex’s sister-in-law Kate Middleton will be hosting a second baby shower for the mother-to-be in the United Kingdom, Us Weekly has reported.
‘There is still going to be some sort of private baby-centric event for Meghan’s UK people, and Kate will host,’ a source told the outlet.
Sisterly love: Kate Middleteon, 37, is reportedly throwing a second baby shower for her sister-in-law Meghan Markle, 37, in the UK
Getaway: Meghan, pictured in New York last week, was treated to the lavish baby shower at The Mark Hotel’s sprawling $75,000-a-night penthouse on February 20
‘Her glam people and other relatives will be there,’ the royal insider added. ‘Not sure if it’s a total baby “shower,” but you could probably call it that.’
Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland was in Los Angeles on the day of her daughter’s shower in the Big Apple, but she is expected to attend her second party in the UK ahead of her first grandchild’s arrival.
The Duchess’s UK baby shower was initially rumored to be taking place after she and Prince Harry finished their three-day royal of Morocco on Monday. However, a few days later, Kate and Prince William jetted off to Northern Ireland on Wednesday for a surprise two-day trip.
The shower may be scheduled for immediately after their return, or it’s possible that the party will take place closer to Meghan’s due date, which is thought to be late April or early May.
Reports that Kate and Meghan have been feuding may also be temporarily put to rest now that the Duchess of Cambridge is graciously throwing her sister-in-law a baby shower in the U.K.
Rumors of a royal rift between the women began swirling after news emerged that Meghan and Harry will move away from Kensington Palace to make their home 25 miles away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Windsor.
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Baby shower adjacent: Kate is hosting ‘some sort of private baby-centric event for Meghan’s UK people,’ a source said
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Speculation: The Duchess’s UK baby shower was initially rumored to be taking place after she and Prince Harry finished their three-day royal of Morocco on Monday (pictured)
There were claims that Kate broke down in tears following Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid’s dress fitting, ahead of Meghan and Harry’s wedding in May, as well as suggestions the pair had clashed over staff.
However, royal insiders have insisted that there has been no falling out between the Cambridges and the Sussexes, but admitted the pair are ‘very different people.’
A source previously told the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English: ‘While there are some tensions behind the scenes, Kate is pretty unflappable and nothing has become bad enough to make Harry and Meghan want to move out.
‘People are genuinely pleased to see them so happy. The truth is that there simply isn’t enough room at Kensington Palace for them and I know they have been looking at Windsor as a possibility since before the wedding.’
Last week, Meghan celebrated her impending arrival with her closest friends in The Mark Hotel’s incredible Grand Penthouse Suite, which costs a staggering $75,000 per night.
The star-studded party that took place on February 20 was attended by Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney, and designer Misha Nonoo, among others.
Timing: A few days after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s return home, Kate and Prince William jetted off to Northern Ireland on Wednesday for a surprise two-day trip
Number one guest? Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland was in Los Angeles on the day of her New York shower, but she is expected to attend the second party
Meghan’s entire trip to New York cost an estimated $500,000, and she flew back to the UK on a private jet paid for by Amal before embarking on a tour of Morocco.
Kate likely skipped out on Meghan’s first shower because it took place when her two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were off of school for the half term holiday.
The royal family enjoyed the week at Anmer Hall, the Cambridge’s mansion on the Queen’s Sandringham estate, while Meghan was in New York.
Guests at the lavish baby shower left the intimate gathering with high-end gift bags filled with luxe leather tote bags filled with the royal’s favorite products.
According to People, attendees were gifted Cuyana leather tote bags 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.
Treated like royalty: Guests at Meghan’s lavish baby shower in New York City reportedly took home $700 worth of thank you gifts
Luxe: Attendees were gifted Cuyana leather totes that were filled to the brim with some of the royal’s favorite products. The totes cost $175-$195 depending on style
Gifts: They included $65 Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder and $81 Susanne Kaufmann Body Butter
Added touches: The totes featured $67 Jo Malone Green Tomato Leaf scented candles
More gifts: Guests were also given $225 Away suitcases, which were delivered to The Mark Hotel ahead of Meghan’s shower
They also reportedly featured products from Rodin and Jessica Alba’s company Honest Beauty.
Brands often send celebrities free gifts in the hopes of getting press, and with Meghan’s shower making headlines around the world, it’s likely that companies were more than willing to offer up products for the guests’ gift bags.
Guests also scored some new luggage at the fete. On the day of Meghan’s shower, about 17 Away suitcases were delivered to The Mark Hotel, each of which cost $225.
Daniel Martin, Meghan’s longtime friend and makeup artist, dished about the February 20 festivities in a new interview with People.
‘It was exactly what she needed, and it was a reunion for all of us, too, who hadn’t seen each other since the wedding,’ he said.
‘Snow was falling outside, and it was so cozy — we all sat on couches or on the floor and told stories and caught up,’ Daniel revealed. ‘It was like going to a family reunion.’
Gang’s back together! Daniel Martin, who did Meghan’s makeup for her wedding, described the shower as a ‘family reunion’
Nearest and dearest: Many of Meghan’s closest friends who attended her wedding were there, including Amal Clooney (left) and Serena Williams (right)
Goodies! Daniel recently shared a picture of the cookies from Meghan’s star-studded baby shower in New York, saying he had ‘such an incredible day celebrating’
Lavish: The baby shower took place in the Penthouse Suite at The Mark Hotel, which is widely reported to be the most expensive per-night hotel room in the U.S.
Another guest who spoke to People anonymously added: ‘It was all baby talk. She was getting tons of advice.’
Daniel also shared a photo from Meghan’s shower, showing the cute rattle, bib, and stork-shaped cookies put out for attendees.
Fellow guest Gayle King opened up about the intimate shower on CBS This Morning, revealing she and other attendees were taught how to arrange flowers at the party. Meghan then donated those arrangements to various charities.
The anchor also said that she could not reveal the gift that she purchased for the royal because the guest of honor did not open any of her presents, choosing instead to wait until she got back to London and was with Prince Harry.
With the royal just a few months away from her due date, there has been mounting speculation as to whether Meghan and Harry are expecting a girl or a boy.
The Duchess reportedly told her friends at the shower that she is pregnant with a baby boy, according to Us Weekly.
However, many have speculated that she is having a girl based on the decor at her extravagant baby shower.
Behind-the-scenes: Earlier this week, a video that emerged on social that appears to give a glimpse at the decorations inside the penthouse party
It’s a girl? The buffet featured stork cake pops, macaron towers, and miniature slices of carrot cake. The Instagram poster noted that a majority of the confections were pink
Added touch; The crowning glory was a two-tiered cake that featured a miniature paper cut out of Harry and Meghan standing next to a stroller
The plot thickens: Megan reportedly told guests at her shower that she and Harry are expecting a baby boy, but earlier this month she said it was a ‘surprise’
Decorations for the shower started arriving the day before the bash, and there was plenty of pink — from the blush-colored roses to the cotton candy machine that was brought into the hotel.
Earlier this week, a video that emerged on social that appears to give a glimpse at the decorations inside the penthouse party.
Royal fan account harry_meghan_updates shared a video on Instagram Stories, claiming that the short clip was actually captured inside the star-studded baby shower.
The video shows a dessert table that features plenty of sweet treats, including four macaron towers from Laduree, which cost a total of $460.
The footage also includes several hashtags including #EarlierThisWeek, #Royal #BabyShower and, perhaps most noticeably, #Girl, with the account speculating that the mostly-pink color scheme of the event suggests Meghan and Harry are expecting a little princess.
It’s also possible that she and Prince Harry are waiting until the day their royal baby is born to find out the gender.
Earlier this month, the Duchess of Sussex was captured talking to a guest about her unborn child at the Endeavor Awards.
‘We don’t know,’ she says in the clip shared by the royal fan Instagram account @harry_meghan_updates. ‘Yes, we decided to keep it a secret, and then that way… it’s one of those things, like, no matter what it is, it’s still going to be a surprise.’
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