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Did Kate Middleton Have A Baby Shower?

It’s baby mania in the British Royal Family. Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are welcoming their first child in late April or May of 2019. Baby Sussex will join his or her cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Since the Duchess of Sussex is gearing up for the arrival of her little one, her good friends threw her a lavish baby shower during a secret girls trip to New York City. With an A-list guest list– and a luxury hotel penthouse as the setting, we wondered if Duchess Kate Middleton had her own girly baby shower.

Did Kate Middleton have a baby shower when she was pregnant with any of her children?

Unlike Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton has never had a baby shower. She didn’t even have a celebration when she was pregnant with her first child, Prince George. Baby showers are not really a thing in the United Kingdom. Gift-giving is seen as rather “American” and typically British women wait until after they give birth to have a meet and greet with their babies and their friends.

There was a rumor that Middleton’s younger sister, Pippa Middleton, threw her a secret shower back in 2013 when she was pregnant with Prince George –but apparently that actually never happened.

The British Royal Family frowns upon baby showers

As a British woman –Kate Middleton probably didn’t care one way or another about having a baby shower. However, they are also seen as a bit “unsavory” by the Brtish royal family. Royal expert Victoria Arbiter explaine to The Sun. “A lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate. There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.”

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Why was Meghan Markle allowed to have a baby shower?

Technically, Markle did not break any rules with her NYC baby shower. Her friends threw her the lovely soiree back in the States where showers are super normal, and the royal family incurred none of the expenses. As Harper’s Bazaar explained, “It doesn’t break any royal tradition, and the Queen’s permission is definitely not needed.” However, we’re sure Markle ran the idea by Queen Elizabeth II before giving her bestie Jessica Mulroney the OK to begin planning.

Inside Meghan Markle’s stunning NYC baby shower

Meghan Markle’s baby shower had about fifteen guests in attendance including Mulroney, Gayle King, Serena Williams, and Amal Clooney. According to Entertainment Tonight, French chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten –who is The Mark’s world-renowned chef prepared the food for the shower. Though we don’t know exactly was on the menu, some of Vongerichten’s signature dishes are molten chocolate cake and ginger fried rice. For sweets, both sugar cookies and cotton candy were on hand. Apparently the shower cost Markle’s friends $200,000.

Since Markle isn’t into traditional baby shower games, her guests arranged flowers instead. A cart full of blue and pink hydrangeas was seen being rolled into the hotel ahead of the shower. An insider told BAZAAR.com,

The trip is a lovely chance to catch up with friends and spend time in a city she loves. This will be the last time a lot of them will see Meg until after the baby is born so it’s nice to share precious moments. It’s been a relaxing visit. Nothing beats face time with your friends. Meg will be flying home refreshed and relaxed-and with a lot of new baby clothes.

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  • Meghan Markle is currently in New York City for a baby shower thrown by her friends.
  • Her mother Doria Ragland and sister-in-law Kate Middleton were not in attendance.
  • Typically, royals do not have baby showers, but there could be a small, intimate one in the works for Meghan and her family at a later date.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby is almost here, but first things first: Meghan Markle has to celebrate her upcoming bundle of joy with her friends that live stateside. The Duchess of Sussex reportedly traveled to New York City for a baby shower with her Hollywood friends, including former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer. While the guest list is still unknown, there are rumors that Serena Williams, Amal Clooney, Jessica Mulroney, and Misha Nonoo were in attendance.

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But we couldn’t help but notice that her sister-in-law Kate Middleton was absent. And before you convince yourself that Kate and Meghan are enemies (for the zillionth time), heres why Kate wasn’t there:

  1. Not to state the obvious but it seems this baby shower is intended for friends of Meghan and Harry, who might not be able to fly to London due to their busy schedules. With Meghan and Kate currently being neighbors at Kensington Palace, the two women have plenty of time to celebrate privately.
  2. Prince George and Princess Charlotte are on their half-term break, which means that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have their hands full with all three kids at home. Many predict that they’re using this time to travel to the Anmer Hall at the royal family’s Sandgrimham estate (a.k.a. the place they took their Christmas card photo) or a ski trip in the French alps.
  3. Typically, royals — Kate Middleton, for example — skip baby showers altogether. Royal or not, baby showers aren’t as common in the UK but once again, that’s where Meghan’s American culture comes into play.

If you’re wondering where Meghan’s mom was, on the day of the shower Doria Ragland was apparently spotted in Los Angeles, confirming this was an all-friends event.

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If Meghan does have a baby shower in her new home country, it won’t be as formal of an occasion as you’d expect. Some royal experts even say that a “very wealthy, a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate.” That means that even if she calls it a shower, it would actually just be an intimate gathering and gift exchange with close family and friends at her new cottage, perhaps? Who knows, they may even do the baby food taste test…

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Kate Middleton was absent from Meghan Markle’s baby shower in New York City, but she had a good reason. According to Us Weekly, the Duchess of Cambridge is actually throwing her sister-in-law a second shower on her side of the pond.

“There is still going to be some sort of private baby-centric event for Meghan’s U.K. people, and Kate will host,” a royals insider tells the magazine. “Her glam people and other relatives will be there. Not sure if it’s a total baby ‘shower,’ but you could probably call it that.”

A more proper word for this get-together would probably be celebration. Royal mothers-to-be historically haven’t had baby showers—Markle more or less broke with tradition by having one in Manhattan. Victoria Arbiter, a royals expert, told ABC News in 2013 showers are seen as “highly inappropriate” because the royal family is “clearly very wealthy”: “There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.”

Markle’s baby shower in New York was super secret, but one of the guests, Gayle King, spilled a little bit of tea on CBS This Morning. “A good time was had by all,” she said. ” is a very private person. I think she should decide what she wants to say about .”

The only specific detail she gave was that guests at Markle’s shower participated in a flower-arranging activity that actually helped a charity. “We all each made an individual base, and then Meghan, at the request, got in touch with an organization I’ve never heard of, Repeat Roses, and all of those were donated to different charities,” she said. “I thought that was a very sweet thing. It just speaks to who she is: She’s very kind. She’s very generous and a really, really sweet person. I think her friends just wanted to celebrate her.”

If Kate Middleton is throwing Meghan Markle a second “shower,” hopefully that ends those pesky feud rumors once and for all.

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Tabloids have been buzzing since Meghan Markle touched back down in the United States for the first time since marrying Prince Harry in May 2018. This time around, she’s gone solo without her husband. Pregnant with her first child, Meghan is apparently having a girls’ getaway in New York City with a special twist: a baby shower.

To Americans, a baby shower is the ultimate tradition for mothers-to-be, but the opposite holds true in the British royal family. Before Kate Middleton gave birth to her first child in 2013, there were rumors circulating that her sister, Pippa Middleton, would be throwing her a pre-baby bash at their family home. But the party never came to be—apparently because she’d been given a hard “no.”

Throwing a baby shower—which, as a quick reminder, is basically an excuse for getting tons of baby gifts—would have been seen as tacky, ABC News royal expert Victoria Arbiter told the news station in 2013. “They are clearly very wealthy, and a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate,” she said. “There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.” In the end, Kate Middleton apparently chose not to have a shower for any of her three kids. Check out these other 18 etiquette rule the royal family has to follow.

So then what makes Meghan Markle so special? This is the royal family—it comes down to tradition, of course.

Baby showers made their debut in America in the early 1900s, but they weren’t particularly common and were really only for middle- and upper-class families. There was no guarantee that the mother and child would survive back then, so more emphasis was put on post-birth celebrations. It wasn’t until after World War II when home births started going out of fashion that baby showers really took off—in America, that is. The tradition never really took hold in Britain, so even though they’ve been starting to gain traction in recent years, they still aren’t the norm.

So while Meghan having a baby shower would be celebrating a U.S. tradition, it would have been seen as more self-indulgent for Kate. Learn more ways Meghan Markle’s pregnancy is different from Kate Middleton’s.

Even though showers are an American tradition, Meghan Markle might put a royal-approved twist on hers. For Meghan and Harry’s wedding, the couple asked for charity donations in lieu of wedding presents, and gifts from official royal visits are often given to charity or staff members. Seeing as this baby shower will be a fairly intimate affair with about 15 guests, there’s a good chance it will either be a celebration, sans presents, or she and Harry could always donate the gifts to charity. But there is one thing for sure: The party won’t be serving any of these 14 foods Meghan Markle isn’t allowed to eat while pregnant.

It was an exciting week for Meghan Markle, who celebrated her baby shower with a group of close friends in a New York hotel yesterday. But among the famous faces, including Serena Williams, Amal Clooney and Abigail Spencer, one was missing: Kate Middleton.

So where was the Duchess’ sister-in-law? Isn’t this the kind of event you’d think she would attend? According to reports, Kate has a pretty decent reason for being absent: she’s on holiday herself at the moment.

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The Sun revealed Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis, have gone on a “snow filled holiday” together over half term. Now Prince George is at school (the young royal is in year 1 at Thomas’ school in Battersea, London) the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are placed under the same constraints as every other family about when they go on holiday. Which makes half-term the perfect time for a getaway.

And it’s not the first time the Cambridges have gone away on a skiing break together this time of year; in March 2016 the family released a photo of the then-foursome posing happily in the snow while on a break away in the French Alps.

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But even if Kate hadn’t been donning her salopettes and gallivanting around the slopes this week, it’s unlikely she’d have been able to make it to Meghan’s baby shower anyway. Being held in New York, it would have meant an eight-hour flight for the mother-of-three, who could probably do without the jet lag, having a baby of ten months (and various important work commitments).

Thankfully, Kate hasn’t completely missed the boat when it comes to celebrating her sister-in-law’s impending motherhood. Royal expert Omid Scobie reports Meghan is set to have a second baby shower here in the UK – “a smaller gathering scheduled for pals on this side of the pond after Morocco”.

Today’s baby shower is the first of two, sources tell me.
Around 20 of Meghan’s loved ones — incl Misha Nonoo, Jessica Mulroney and Abigail Spencer — will join her in NYC later this afternoon, with a smaller gathering scheduled for pals on this side of the pond after Morocco. pic.twitter.com/Ty0dHD4E6H

— Omid Scobie (@scobie) February 19, 2019

Meghan and Harry are scheduled to spend a few days in Morocco this weekend on an official visit at the request of the Government. The overseas trip will mark the couple’s last before coming parents in April.

The Duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland, was notably absent from the New York baby shower organised by Serena Williams in New York’s upper east side yesterday, so it’s thought she will attend her daughter’s second celebration when that takes place over the next couple of weeks.

I wonder if we’ll get as many pictures of Meghan’s second baby shower as we did of the first? Fingers crossed.

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Why Kate Middleton skipped Meghan Markle’s royal baby shower in NYC

Did Kate Middleton ditch Meghan Markle’s baby shower in New York City to go on a secret trip with hubby, Prince William?

Meghan Markle broke royal protocol by having a baby shower — and that may be the reason why Kate Middleton skipped it.

Markle, 37, jetted into New York City this week to celebrate with best friends Serena Williams and stylist Jessica Mulroney, but her famous sister-in-law was nowhere to be seen.

In fact, reports suggest that Kate, 37, is on a secret ski trip with Prince William and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who had off from school.

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A royal source told The Sun that William and Kate likely went to their favorite ski resort, the Courchevel in the Troi Vallees in France, while Markle parties across the pond.

Markle was spotted at The Mark hotel in the Big Apple’s Upper East Side neighborhood, as well as at the Polo Bar, with Williams and Mulroney.

Guests of the elite shower reportedly included Williams, Mulroney, Markle’s former “Suits” co-stars Sarah Rafferty and Abigail Spencer, pal Misha Nonoo, actress Priyanka Chopra and Amal Clooney.

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“The trip is a lovely chance to catch up with friends and spend time in a city she loves,” an insider said. “This will be the last time a lot of them will see Meg until after the baby is born so it’s nice to share precious moments. It’s been a relaxing visit. Nothing beats face time with your friends. Meg will be flying home refreshed and relaxed — and with a lot of new baby clothes.”

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Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, was reportedly spotted in Los Angeles while Markle was feted in New York.

The big reason Princess Kate may have missed the shower: It’s not in line with royal protocol.

Middleton didn’t have any baby showers for her three tykes, with ABC News royal expert Victoria Arbiter noting that it’s “added pressure that they are clearly very wealthy, and a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate. There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.”

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It could also be that the duchesses simply aren’t that close: Markle and Harry missed Middleton’s birthday celebrations last month, but royal reps have staunchly denied that the ladies are feuding.

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child in the spring of 2019.
  • Although baby showers are not all that common in the U.K., they do not break any royal protocol or tradition.
  • Royal expert Marlene Koenig tells BAZAAR.com she would “not be surprised if the Duchess of Sussex’s American and Canadian friends might do something and throw her a shower, thus maintaining the North American tradition.”

Shortly after arriving in Australia for their royal tour, Kensington Palace revealed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child. Just hours after the announcement was made, they received their first baby presents, a fluffy stuffed kangaroo and fleece UGG booties, from Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Lynne Cosgrove. Markle reportedly said the sweet gesture was, “so cute,” calling it, “our first baby gift!”

Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle are gifted a plush kangaroo by Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lynne Cosgrove. PoolGetty Images

While the royal couple will surely receive more presents on their remaining tour stops in Australia, Tonga, Fiji, and New Zealand, it’s unclear whether, in keeping with American tradition, the gift-giving will continue at a later date with a baby shower for Markle.

Although baby showers are not all that common in the U.K., there’s technically nothing stopping Markle’s family and close friends—like Jessica Mulroney, Serena Williams, and Priyanka Chopra—from hosting one. It doesn’t break any royal tradition and the Queen’s permission is definitely not needed, despite tabloid reports that Pippa Middleton received the Queen’s blessing to plan a shower for her sister, Kate Middleton in 2013.

“I would not be surprised if the Duchess of Sussex’s American and Canadian friends might do something and throw her a shower, thus maintaining the North American tradition,” Marlene Koenig, a British and European royalty expert, tells BAZAAR.com. “In fact, there is nothing stopping them from hosting a shower.”

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018

The concept of baby showers gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1950s and ’60s as a way to provide a new or expecting mother with material goods to care for the child and furnish a nursery. Considering Meghan and Prince Harry requested donations to charities in lieu of wedding presents at their nuptials in May, it’s clear they’re not exactly making a habit of accepting gifts.

Plus, “Meghan and Harry are very wealthy,” Koenig says. ” can afford the decorating of their nursery.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. Pool/Samir HusseinGetty Images

If Markle does pay homage to her American roots and have a baby shower, it’s likely to be more of a get-together, not a celebratory event involving extravagant gifts.

As royal expert Victoria Arbiter notes in The Sun, “a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate… There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.”

A wonderful welcome from local schoolchildren as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Dubbo 🇦🇺 #RoyalVisitAustralia pic.twitter.com/C25zQ9Q1Ru

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 17, 2018

As the couple prepares to welcome their little one, they’ll continue their royal tour Down Under to promote Harry’s 2018 Invictus Games, which are held in Sydney this year.

Over the next two weeks, they’ll carry out a total of 76 engagements.