Eye-watering cost of Meghan’s lavish New York baby shower trip

Like lots of women, Meghan Markle wanted to spend some quality time with her closest friends ahead of the arrival of her first child .

But the pregnant Duchess’ baby shower was a far cry from a cute afternoon tea and a few fun games at a pal’s house, and she celebrated in style in New York .

Meghan enjoyed a luxurious five-day break in the city with a host of celebrity pals including Amal Clooney and Serena Williams.

She stayed in a penthouse suite at the five-star Mark Hotel and dined out at some of her favourite New York restaurants and cafes.

But all this fun comes with a eye-watering price tag, which despite being privately funded has raised a few eyebrows.

According to the Mail Online , the full trip could have cost around £330,000.

Meghan travelled to and from New York in a private jet, which will have cost in the region of $250,000, which is about £200,000.

The Mail reports that her penthouse suite would have cost £114,000 ($150,000) for the five nights, plus claim the group splashed out for another one-bedroom suite at $9,982.05 (£7,600).

The mum-to-be and five of her pals dined at Ralph Lauren’s The Polo Bar, where we has estimated their bill would have been approximately £390 ($510).

Starters cost $14-$28, with mains anywhere between $26 and $26 without sides and deserts ranging from $10 to $20.


Cocktails are upwards of $22 and there’s a huge (and rather pricey) wine list.

She also joined friend Jessica Mulroy for a bite to eat at bakery Ladurée, where the set afternoon tea meal costs $39.

This includes coffee, tea, three macarons, a pastry, a madeleine and two finger sandwiches.

According to the Mail, other costs include Lunch at The Surrey – approx. £59 ($78), Harp player Erin Hill – £480 ($625), Lady Fleur NYC roses at £305 and 17 Away carry-on suitcases which were given to guests costing a total of – £2,980.

Meghan’s two royal protection officers would have cost around £10,800.

There were also a number of sweet (and pricey) gifts, including a mandarin tree, a bike and a candy floss machine.

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