Meghan Markle threatening to overshadow Kate Middleton at the Chelsea Flower Show with her African garden

A RIVALRY has broken out between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton – in the garden department.

Until this weekend, the highlight of the Chelsea Flower show was to be the English garden co-designed by Kate, but an African patch created by a charity Meghan supports is threatening to steal the spotlight.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 37, has created a family-friendly classic garden, where children can toast marshmallows over an open fire and pick wild strawberries.

The Sunday Times revealed that a second garden, created by a charity supported by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is to be unveiled this year, and it couldn’t be more different to Kate’s.

The organisation Camfed will show an African climate change garden, with a breeze-block school house and crops girls are taught to grow, such as peanuts and okra.

The garden is just a stone’s throw away from Kate’s patch, and features solar panels and a smart irrigation system.

The Sunday Times said Kensington Palace “presumably aware of the risk of headlines about ‘sisters-in-law at war’ has intervened to stop Meghan and Harry’s glamour eclipsing Kate’s pride and joy.”

Camfed has allegedly been told it can’t use a photo of Prince Harry surrounded by its young Zimbabwean alumni to promote the garden.

A source at Camfed is said to have told the publication: “It’s because the Duchess of Cambridge is co-designing a garden, so . . . we can’t use the photo. The palace is worried about mixed messaging.”

In contrast, Kate is pictured front and centre on the Royal Horticultural Society website in promotion for her garden.

Kensington Palace confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are extremely supportive of Camfed's work, which helps girls stay in education in rural Africa.

A spokeperson told the Sun Online: "There is absolutely no rivalry here.

"Meghan and Prince Harry haven't been involved with Camfed's garden design, nor do they have any official role within the organisation.

"They are in no way pitted against each other, in part because the Duchess of Cambridge's garden is the RHS garden and isn't judged."

Camfed is one of the many charities supported by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who frequently champion African causes.

On International Women’s Day on March 8, Meghan attended a panel on stage with Camfed’s Africa director Angeline Murimirwa, and promoted the sponsorship of girls.

The Camfed garden has been created in collaboration with London garden designer Jilayne Rickards and is expected to be showcased at the Eden Project in Cornwall following the show.

WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW TAKE PLACE?

As the name suggests, the event is held in Chelsea, in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The showground is transformed with a vast array of colourful flowers with plenty to see and do.

This year it will be taking place from Tuesday May 21 to Saturday May 25.

Tickets are available on the website.

The news follows the announcement that Meghan and Prince Harry will break away from Prince William and Kate Middleton to have a separate royal household and office.

The parents-to-be will instead base their official household office at Buckingham Palace, and will have a separate communications team to reflect this move.

Kensington Palace said: "The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year.

“The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.

“This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess's work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage."

In more Royal Family news, Kate Middleton has been "making a real effort" with Meghan Markle and is keen to show there's "no bad feelings" after the feud rumours, a royal source has claimed.

Plus Meghan is ready to "extend the olive branch" to her estranged dad and half-sister after her baby is born, another insider has claimed.

And the heavily pregnant Duchess has been urged not to "put her baby at risk for the sake of fashion" by a doctor after stepping out in another pair of four-inch stilettos.

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Meghan Markle could call her baby Gertrude, Marmaduke or Ursula if she takes inspiration from royal family tree, ancestry expert claims

WITH the arrival of a royal baby growing ever closer, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have surely sat down to discuss the name of their firstborn child.

And while Diana remains a firm favourite for a baby girl, research shows that there are a few old-fashioned names that could make a comeback in time for the new arrival.

Should the royal couple decide to take inspiration for their family trees, Gertrude, Marmaduke, Ursula and Hyacinthe all feature in their ancestry.

Now that Meghan is free of royal engagements and focusing on her birth, she might be musing over names like Mary, John and Elizabeth which also feature in the family history of the pair.

According to research by ancestry.co.uk, Meghan has two relatives named Gertrude who she might want to take inspiration from – her maternal great-great-grandmother, and paternal great-grandmother.

Born in Georgia in 1882, her great-great-grandmother Gertrude Sadler was heavily involved in charitable causes in her community, and was involved with the Good Samaritan Aid Society.

And Gertrude M Merril, who was born in 1887 and died in 1938, is related to Meghan through her father, Thomas Markle.

Other distant relatives include Ursula for a girl, and the Duchess has several male relatives called Ralph if she needs an idea for a boys name.

Meghan may even take inspiration from her historical royal roots and name her baby Jane after Jane Seymour, the third wife of King Henry VIII who happens to be her second cousin 15 times removed.

Harry's family tree also includes unusual monikers including Lancelot, Boniface, Marmaduke and Hyacinthe.

Ancestry historian Russel James said: "When delving into someone's family tree, you never know what you're going to find – so it's always interesting to uncover names that would now be quite uncommon.

"The royal family have often been associated with traditional names such as George, Henry or Victoria, but with Meghan’s ancestry revealing names such as Ralph and Gertrude, predicting the name of the next royal baby remains a guessing game."

The baby is thought to be due at the end of April or in early May, and Diana remains the bookies favourite should the royal couple have a daughter.

In other royal news, take a peek inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal baby nursery, including gender-neutral grey paint and Soho House-inspired furniture.

And the Queen has now given Princes William and Harry permission to split their royal households permanently into two.

Plus, Meghan's friend George Clooney has come forward to defend the Duchess amid social media bullying, insisting 'she hasn't done anything wrong'.

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Duchess Meghan wears high heels far into pregnancy. Dangerous or more power to her?

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is due to give birth to her first child next month and she is still rocking heels… high ones.

She wore two different pairs of high heels to two events Monday as she stepped out with Prince Harry to mark Commonwealth Day.


Meghan, 37, has worn heels at nearly all of her official events during her pregnancy, including her trip in February to Morocco with Harry.

Many on social media have not surprisingly chimed in about Meghan’s pregnancy fashion choice.

“Poor Meghan. My feet hurt for her!,” read one comment below Kensington Palace’s Instagram post of photos of Meghan on Commonwealth Day.

“Those heels! Poor woman,” wrote another person.

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While wearing high heels may not be something all pregnant women want to do, there is no medical reason not to, according to Dr. Laura Riley, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian in New York City.

“There are no guidelines,” Riley told “Good Morning America.” “It comes down to comfort and common sense.”

The comfort part of the equation comes if a pregnant woman is experiencing back pain or hip pain or “general discomfort” during their pregnancy, especially as they get closer to their due date.

In those cases, wearing high heels is not going to make the pain any better, according to Riley.

“We usually tell [pregnant] women to wear comfortable shoes,” she said.

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A woman’s balance also changes during pregnancy, according to Riley. Due to that and carrying more weight on their body, walking in high heels may not be as easy and may possibly be dangerous for some pregnant women.

“The last thing you want to do is trip and fall because that can be dangerous, especially if you fall and hit your baby,” Riley said, adding that pregnant women need to think about “minimizing risk and maximizing comfort.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says on its website that high heels can further shift a pregnant woman’s balance forward and “make you more likely to fall.”

The college advises women to “wear shoes with good arch support” in order to ease back pain.

For someone like Meghan, who is a former actress and used to walking red carpets in high heels, wearing high heels in pregnancy may be comfortable and that’s fine too, Riley noted.

“If she’s not having any of the symptoms, then there is no reason to change her behavior,” she said of the duchess. “Good for her and I think she looks awesome.”

Riley also pointed out that the public only sees snippets of Meghan’s life at official events where she is wearing heels. She also applauded Meghan for holding onto her individual style during her pregnancy.

“Personally, I always think it’s important to look good while you’re pregnant, because if you look good, you feel good,” she said.

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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Meghan loses her THIRD key Palace aide

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Meghan loses her THIRD key Palace aide as her right-hand woman Amy Pickerill will quit

  • Amy Pickerill is to leave post after couple move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor
  • Shock move as she was tipped to succeed private secretary Samantha Cohen 
  • Understood she will be leaving Royal Household altogether and moving abroad

To lose one key aide may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose all of them looks like carelessness.

I can disclose that the Duchess of Sussex’s right-hand woman is to become the latest member of her staff to quit.

Amy Pickerill, who was appointed as Meghan’s assistant private secretary just last year, is to leave her post after the couple move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor this month.

‘Amy is leaving,’ a royal source confirms. ‘It’s very sad for her colleagues, as she is a really popular member of staff.’

The move is a shock as Amy was handpicked to work for Meghan and was tipped to succeed Samantha Cohen, who is due to step down as the Duchess’s private secretary after 17 years with the Royal Family.

Amy Pickerill, who was appointed as Meghan’s assistant private secretary just last year, is to leave her post after the couple move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor this month

The move is a shock as Amy was handpicked to work for Meghan and was tipped to succeed Samantha Cohen, who is due to step down as the Duchess’s private secretary after 17 years with the Royal Family

It is understood that Amy will be leaving the Royal Household altogether and moving overseas.

She has played an important role in introducing Meghan to royal life, organising charity projects such as the cookbook the Duchess published to help families affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster.

A friend of Amy insists she has a warm relationship with Meghan, adding: ‘She has agreed to stay on to help them with the birth of the baby and organise their new household, but will then move on.’


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Amy’s departure will mean that all three of the main women working for Meghan will have left in a matter of months.

Last November, I disclosed that Meghan’s PA, Melissa Touabti, had quit less than six months after the American actress married Prince Harry.

Like Melissa, Amy had to deal with the traumatic build-up to the wedding last May, in which the Duchess’s father, Thomas Markle, gave a running commentary to journalists on the likelihood of his attending the ceremony.

It is understood that Amy will be leaving the Royal Household altogether and moving overseas

He decided not to come just five days before the big day, leaving Harry to ask Prince Charles to step into the breach and walk Meghan up the aisle. Amy was pictured at Heathrow airport, picking up Meghan’s mother, Doria.

Royal biographer Robert Jobson claimed in his book, Charles At Seventy, that Meghan’s wedding preparations were so stressful that Harry became ‘petulant and short-tempered’ with members of staff.

He wrote: ‘Raising his voice on occasion, Harry would insist: “What Meghan wants, she gets.” ’

Goodbye, not sorry, seems to be the hardest word for Sir Elton John.

He announced with great fanfare that his current Farewell Tour would, as its name suggests, be his last. Happily, the piano basher already appears to be undergoing a change of heart about live performances.

‘There’s a possibility, once the dust settles, of me doing a residency somewhere,’ admits the 71-year-old singer, who has two young sons with his film producer husband, David Furnish.

‘I’m fed up with travelling. I’d like to make more records, I’d like to write more musicals — but I would like to spend more time with my children and David.’

(Very) modern manners

A gentleman should never discuss his love life, but country music star Keith Urban is happy to sing about wife Nicole Kidman’s performance between the sheets.

He reveals that a number on his latest album, Graffiti U, is inspired by the Hollywood actress.

In Gemini, he sings: ‘She’s a maniac in the bed, But a brainiac in her head.’

Urban tells me: ‘The song is about Nicole — and she loves it. My co-writer, Julia Michaels, asked me to describe Nicole and that’s what came out.’

Heiress Jemima catches up with ‘favourite Bhutto’

Film producer Jemima Goldsmith celebrated her Pakistani connections at a party for Fatima Bhutto’s latest novel, The Runaways, at Blakes Hotel in South Kensington.

Jemima was married to cricket legend Imran Khan, who is now prime minister of Pakistan, while Fatima is the niece of Benazir Bhutto and granddaughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, both of whom led the country.

‘Fatima is my favourite Bhutto,’ Jemima has said. ‘She has the sense to realise that a few good articles and the right surname don’t qualify her for leadership. Unlike others in the family, she rejects the notion that political power is her birthright.’ 

Film producer Jemima Goldsmith celebrated her Pakistani connections at a party for Fatima Bhutto’s latest novel, The Runaways, at Blakes Hotel in South Kensington

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‘Meghan and Harry’ welcome Baby Sussex in odd spoof photos – and it’s a girl

Congratulations Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the birth of… oh no wait.

A new set of spoof photos show lookalikes of the parents-to-be standing on the steps on the Lindo Wing after ‘welcoming their newborn baby’.

‘Meghan’ is wearing a long green dress while Harry looks smart in a navy blazer and brown trousers.

Baby Sussex, played by a Baby Annabell doll with bright blue eyes, seems to be a girl as it is wearing an adorable pink outfit and matching hat.

Harry is seen waving to imaginary well-wishers and cameras on the hospital steps, in the same spot the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stood after the birth of George, Charlotte and Louis.

The hilarious set of photos also show the couple heading to Smyths Toys to pick up all the essentials for their new arrival.

They’re spotted looking at a dolls carry cot with a matching bag and a tiny pink dress.

But there’s an awkward moment at the checkout when Harry realises he’s forgotten his wallet.

Thankfully things seem to work out okay and the couple are later snapped leaving the store carrying lots of shopping bags.


Kasia Leskow, marketing manager for Zapf Creation UK, said: "It’s been great fun celebrating the new royal arrival in this way, we wish Prince Harry and Meghan all the best as they are in the final stages of preparing to welcome their baby.

"Baby Annabell is the perfect gift for the baby and for any new parents as the dolls follow a child’s development from the moment they are born through to their early school years, a perfect companion for each child as they grow."

Meghan and Harry’s first child is expected to arrive in April, but the exact due date hasn’t been officially announced.

The couple are due to leave their Kensington Palace home and move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor ahead of the birth.

They have been renovating the house and turning it into a real home for their new family, including a nursery in neutral colours painted with vegan paints.

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Meghan Markle Gave Baby Shower Guests This Sweater: Does It Confirm She's Having a Boy?

While most of the details of Meghan Markle’s New York City baby shower have been shared, discussed, and quite honestly over-analyzed, a new detail has emerged about a rather revealing gift she gave to her guests. Does this gift confirm that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are having a boy?

Meghan
Markle’s baby shower was a hot topic

When Markle came to New York City recently to spend time with friends and have an intimate baby shower, fans of the royals waited in anticipation to find out who attended, the venue, how the shower was decorated, and whether they played any of the traditional baby shower games.

Photos showed Markle and some of her friends at The Mark hotel, as well as the delivery of flowers and the arrival of gifts. Her makeup artist shared a peek at the cute baby-themed cookies at the party, and Gayle King, who was at the party, gave a tiny insight as to what the guests did.

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In their final engagement during #RoyalVisitMorocco, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended an audience with The King of Morocco at a Royal Residence. Before the audience, Their Royal Highnesses presented letters from Her Majesty The Queen to The King. PA

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The
baby shower details were pretty hazy

Fans tried to piece the information together the best they could, but there were a lot of details missing. King wouldn’t share much of the goings on at the party, but did remark on CBS This Morning: “She’s a very private person. I think she should decide what she wants to say about this.”

She did, however, share a tiny bit of a sweet activity that guests did at the shower, explaining: “I hope she won’t mind me sharing this because I’ve never seen anything like this at a baby shower. They had flower arranging. They brought in somebody to explain how to arrange flowers. We all each made an individual vase.”

The
floral arrangements were then donated to the organization Repeat Roses, to be
given to hospitals and care centers.

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Meghan Markle’s baby shower guests received a sweet gift

While the day was all about Markle, that didn’t stop her from giving her guests a gift — and it turns out it just might reveal the baby’s gender as well!

Details of the sweater she gave her guests, from Lingua Franca, were shared on the company’s Instagram — a photo of the blue sweater with orange stitching reading “baby, baby, baby.” The caption asked: “Any guesses whose baby shower we sent dozens of these to?”

Lingua Franca confirmed that the sweaters were custom-made for Markle and her guests and were sent to The Mark hotel, with a spokesperson telling PEOPLE: “We hope she received them, and we hope she loved them.”

Does the sweater confirm Markle is having a
baby boy?

That one article of clothing, it seems, has ignited some chatter among those fans speculating whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a boy or a girl. A source told Us Weekly that the couple know the sex of the baby and that Markle told her friends at the baby shower… they’re reportedly having a boy!

If that rumor is true, it seems that the Lingua Franca sweaters might confirm Baby Sussex is a boy, given the garment’s blue hue.

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Meghan Markle’s latest royal ‘war’ has wiped Prince Harry’s smile off his face as it brings back 'painful' memories of Princess Diana, says royal expert

The latest royal "war" – which has seen reports of Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton clashing – has left him looking more serious in recent months, according to a royal expert, who has suggested the episode is bringing back memories of Princess Diana's fighting with Prince Charles.

On the recent royal tour in Morocco he was pictured with a less than happy expression for much of the trip – apart from the occasional polite expression – while the pregnant Duchess maintained a genuine smile at all times.

A royal expert has argued that Meghan is using the same method as Diana used to gain public sympathy by leaking flattering stories to the press through friends to "control the narrative and try and bolster their public image"  – leaving Harry in "painful territory" for the second time in his life.

"For years, Diana used a trusted coterie of friends to leak stories and information to the press, painting herself as a martyr who had suffered greatly at the hands of the bloodless royal cabal," wrote Daniela Elser for News.com.au.

She added: "People has enjoyed a number of exclusive quotes and insider titbits from a coterie of unnamed friends. I think we can take it as a given these morsels of insider info have been dished out with Meghan’s approval."



The expert has suggested that Meghan's desire to resume positive public favour after her reported spat with the Duchess of Cambridge is reminding Harry of a "truly awful time in his life" where the breakdown of his parents' marriage in the early-to-mid-1990s – when he was a young boy – was played out in the media.

"He and brother Wills were the major casualties of War of the Wales," she wrote.

"For years in the ’90s, his parents both waged guerrilla warfare, using skirmish attacks via pliant media sources to try and control the story as their marriage crumbled and they set up duelling royal courts.

"The poor brothers, with Harry only primary-school aged, were caught between two people who used to love each other as they lobbed salvos across the press parapets to try and damage the other and portray themselves as the true victim."



Today, she argued, Meghan's conflict with her father, as well as with Kate and Prince William – and a spate of stories about how she is struggling to adapt to new life as a royal – is a "heartbreaking case of history repeating itself".

She explained: "For the second time in his life, a woman he loves is using the press to push her narrative and to paint herself as the true victim.

"On the other side is a man she once loved who continues to portray her in a very negative light to the baying, voracious press.

"Both Harry’s wife and mother have so much that is truly good in common — they are driven by humanitarian ideals and have a genuine warmth when it comes to spending time with the great unwashed masses.


"Unfortunately, they are both adept media operators who have assiduously used the press to control the narrative and try and bolster their public image.

"And for Harry that means that again he is stuck between two warring parties who are doing everything to control their public image and trampling over the monarchy in the process."

Earlier today, Kensington Palace denied that Harry and Meghan are planning to raise their child as "gender fluid".

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Kate Middleton will throw Meghan Markle a second baby shower


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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Meghan Markle Can’t Stop Breaking This Royal Style Rule

When it comes to royal style, Meghan Markle must abide by the queen’s rules, especially when representing the family on engagements and tours. And, while the Duchess of Sussex has strayed from the monarchy’s dress code a handful of times, she (for the most part) tends to follow protocol — except when it comes to one royal style rule.

The royal style rule Meghan Markle always breaks

Meghan Markle isn’t the only royal family member to stray from the queen’s fashion guidelines. However, we almost never see Kate Middleton and other royal women break the rule Meghan Markle tends to ignore.

In the royal family, women can’t remove their coats in public. That means if it’s cold outside and a royal woman arrives at a royal engagement wearing a coat, she must keep the coat on once inside. The reason for this royal fashion rule is quite bizarre and sexist (which might explain why feminist Meghan Markle opts out of the strict protocol). According to reports, the queen feels removing outerwear in public is like undressing and, therefore, “unladylike.” Unlike the women, royal men are allowed to remove their coats once inside.

While the Duchess of Sussex has kept her coat on before — that’s especially true for her early royal events, before she was officially married into the royal family — we’ve noticed that she recently started taking her coats or jackets off indoors. For example, during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal tour of Morrocco, Meghan Markle wore a black and white striped sweater with an army green jacket. She also stepped out wearing just the sweater, which means she — gasp! — removed her jacket.

Earlier this month, the duchess arrived in Bristol, England for a visit to One25. She arrived in a wool coat, but once inside, she removed her outwear and revealed a floral dress, and green suede boots. And, while visiting Smart Works — an organization that provides professional clothing and job interview training for women in need —  in January, she arrived in a black dress with a camel-colored coat. Once inside, she removed her coat as she helped women shop for potential interview garments.

That said, the Duchess of Sussex sometimes abides by the rules (probably depending on indoor temperature) and sometimes keeps her coat on. While visiting Feeding Birkenhead citizens’ supermarket in January, Meghan Markle stepped out in a purple dress with eye-catching red pumps and a matching red coat. She kept her coat on as she and Prince Harry toured the indoor facility.

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This morning, Their Royal Highnesses travelled to Asni to meet students at the @efa_morocco boarding house in the Atlas Mountains. The organisation provides weekly accommodation to girls from rural areas, which allows them to remain in education into secondary school. This enables these young women to go on to achieve qualifications, study at university and pursue careers. 70% of women and girls in Morocco are illiterate. Many have limited access to secondary school or no means of affording transport to school. But these boarding houses provide a safe place for girls to live and study during the week. After looking around the dorms, The Duke and Duchess visited the Lycée Collegial Le Grand Atlas, which is the school the girls from the boarding houses attend, to meet students and their teachers. #RoyalVisitMorocco

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This morning, Their Royal Highnesses travelled to Asni to meet students at the @efa_morocco boarding house in the Atlas Mountains. The organisation provides weekly accommodation to girls from rural areas, which allows them to remain in education into secondary school. This enables these young women to go on to achieve qualifications, study at university and pursue careers. 70% of women and girls in Morocco are illiterate. Many have limited access to secondary school or no means of affording transport to school. But these boarding houses provide a safe place for girls to live and study during the week. After looking around the dorms, The Duke and Duchess visited the Lycée Collegial Le Grand Atlas, which is the school the girls from the boarding houses attend, to meet students and their teachers. #RoyalVisitMorocco

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This morning, Their Royal Highnesses travelled to Asni to meet students at the @efa_morocco boarding house in the Atlas Mountains. The organisation provides weekly accommodation to girls from rural areas, which allows them to remain in education into secondary school. This enables these young women to go on to achieve qualifications, study at university and pursue careers. 70% of women and girls in Morocco are illiterate. Many have limited access to secondary school or no means of affording transport to school. But these boarding houses provide a safe place for girls to live and study during the week. After looking around the dorms, The Duke and Duchess visited the Lycée Collegial Le Grand Atlas, which is the school the girls from the boarding houses attend, to meet students and their teachers. #RoyalVisitMorocco

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Royal style rules Meghan Markle doesn’t always follow

Taking off her outwear — or undressing in public, as the queen sees it — isn’t the only royal fashion rule Meghan Markle has broken. In addition, she will occasionally turn a blind eye to other royal protocol. For example, royal women can’t show their bare legs (and must wear pantyhose instead), but Meghan Markle frequently steps out without tights. Off-the-shoulder looks are also off-limits, but the Duchess of Sussex stepped out in an over-the-shoulder pink dress for the 2018 Trooping the Color festivities.

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Meghan Performed First Curtsy to a Foreign Dignitary & We Almost Missed It

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s whirlwind trip to Morocco included so many highlights, from the duchess receiving a henna tattoo to celebrate her pregnancy, to several unforgettable outfit changes. And eagle-eyed Instagram user @meghan_harry_updates has spotted another incredible moment that we all missed.

While Meghan and Harry met with the King and Queen of Tonga during their royal tour back in October 2018, it’s unclear whether the duchess curtsied, and it wasn’t caught on video if she did. However, during the couple’s trip to Morocco we actually got to see Meghan performing a curtsy for a foreign dignitary, which is a big moment for the Duchess of Sussex.

Instagram fan @meghan_harry_updates shared a clip of Meghan meeting Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, which included what was possibly her first official curtsey to a foreign dignitary, along with the caption, “Meghan’s curtsy to the King. I confess thats what i wanted to see! Meghan’s first curtsy to a foreign Monarch! She did great!”

According to ITV‘s royal reporter, Chris Ship, King Mohammed VI is “elusive,” which explains Meghan and Harry’s impeccable outfit choices in preparation for the meeting.

Meghan and Harry’s royal visit to Morocco has now come to an end, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex due to return home to England.

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