Palace aides “rolled their eyes” at Meghan Markle’s star-studded baby shower for Archie and were left “horrified”, a royal biographer has claimed.
The Duchess of Sussex jetted out to New York weeks before Archie was due to celebrate with friends at the lavish The Mark hotel in Manhattan.
Tennis superstar Serena Williams hosted the event along with best pals Jessica Mulroney and Genevieve Hillis and the likes of Amal Clooney were also in attendance.
But, according to Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie, the shower did not go down well with aides at Buckingham Palace.
“I remember speaking to a palace aide at the time who rolled their eyes,” he told Channel 4 documentary A Very Royal Baby: From Cradle to Crown.
“They were horrified that something so common was happening within the House of Windsor.”
Fellow royal author Ingrid Seward called the celebration “trashy”, adding: “They [Meghan’s celebrity pals] walked in through the front entrance carrying these enormous bags from the most expensive shops in New York.
“Crowds gathered because they were all celebrities, there was Gayle King from CBS, Serena Williams and Amal Clooney.”
And Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s former butler, suggested flying to New York “mid-term” would have been “dangerous”.
In Finding Freedom, the biography of Prince Harry and Meghan, Omid and co-author Carolyn Durant went into more detail about how the baby shower was supposedly seen by those at the palace.
“While the trip had been a hit with Meghan, senior courtiers back in the UK 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 inside party details reported by US press,” they wrote.
“Meghan was often criticised for being too Hollywood, meant too flashy.
“Especially for the reserved aesthetic of the monarchy.”
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