Queen Elizabeth's former press secretary says he was 'unimpressed' by Meghan Markle's 'very American' baby shower
Arbiter admitted that he was left quite unimpressed with the extravagant festivities that took place in New York last month to celebrate Meghan's royal baby with Prince Harry
Meghan Markle is once again going to have to deal with a bit of unwanted criticism. The Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter has confessed that he thought Meghan Markle's New York City baby shower "was a bit over the top", particularly with the estimated cost being $503,000.
Arbiter admitted that he was left quite unimpressed with the extravagant festivities that took place in New York last month to celebrate the Duchess of Sussex's upcoming royal baby with Prince Harry. "Baby showers, it's very much an American thing," he told Us Weekly when asked about the 37-year-old's baby shower.
He further clarified, "We don't do it here in the UK". He continued, referring to Meghan's decision to travel on a private jet for the celebratory occasion, saying: "It was a bit over the top in terms of expense and the way she got there."
As royal fans would know, Meghan's travel in the private jet to and from the UK was a gift from her close friends George and Amal Clooney, after Amal attended the extravagant event in New York. There have also been multiple rumors that Kate Middleton is set to throw her sister-in-law another baby shower in the UK, according to an earlier report by MEA WorldWide (MEAWW).
It is also being claimed that Meghan's mother Doria Ragland will also be present for the occasion, however, Arbiter could not confirm whether the second event will actually happen. "That's something they have to answer," he explained.
Daniel Martin, Meghan's longtime friend and makeup artist, dished on the baby shower festivities in an interview with People, soon after the event took place. "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 at the time.
"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 further revealed about the festivities. "It was like going to a family reunion." According to reports, the pregnant Duchess is anticipated to give birth to her first child in the next four to five weeks.
It is also being reported that Meghan and Harry are planning to raise their future baby without gender-stereotyping. The royal couple has even designed a gender-neutral nursery for the unborn child. A source said, "Meghan has been talking to some of her friends about the birth and how she and Harry plan to raise their baby. Her exact word was fluid."