Meghan Markle's baby shower cost is reportedly $200,000

Meghan Markle's baby shower cost is reportedly $200,000

Surprise! ICYMI, the Duchess of Sussex-aka Meghan Markle-is in NY for a whirlwind (and unannounced) long weekend for a very important and time-sensitive reason: to celebrate the arrival of her royal baby-to-be.

The guest list includes Gayle King, designer Misha Noono, longtime friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney, and fellow actresses Priyanka Chopra, Janina Gavankar and Abigail Spencer.

Sister-in-law Kate Middleton wasn't in attendance, however the explanation for this is clear.

Markle arrived for the post-baby shower meal wearing a navy Victoria Beckham coat, the "Nearly Skinny Maternity" jeans by Hatch Maternity, and black Tamara Mellon boots, PEOPLE reports.

The baby shower marked a break from tradition for the new royal, who has notably broken several long held traditions as a member of the British Royal Family.

The star-studded baby shower ended earlier today, with Meghan's close friend the human rights lawyer Amal Clooney making a glamorous entrance.

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For the royals, there is also the matter of public perception to be considered.

"Given their already privileged lives, they wouldn't reveal any kind of gift-giving soiree as they'd be skewered by the press and public alike", Arbiter wrote.

Apparently, the duo headed straight back to The Mark, holding hands after getting out of the vehicle, where 15 close friends will gather to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan's first baby.

In fact, royal experts have told Good Housekeeping that "very wealthy" and "lavish" baby showers are seen as "inappropriate".

It's also a busy time of the year for the Duchess of Cambridge.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Bristol Old Vic in Bristol, Britain, February 1, 2019.

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