Who's who in Meghan Markle's baby shower squad?

Who's who in Meghan Markle's baby shower squad?

Meghan’s baby shower squad! Duchess poses with BFFs including Serena Williams, Suits star Abigail Spencer and designer Misha Nonoo at ‘magical’ celebration

  • The Duchess of Sussex opened up about her New York baby shower for Netflix
  • Unseen pictures of the shower were revealed including snaps of friends  
  • Guests included Abigail Spencer, Serena Williams and Misha NoNoo 
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Unseen photos from inside Meghan Markle’s ‘magical’ baby shower reveal how the Duchess was surrounded by a squad of close friends, including tennis ace Serena Williams and Suits co-star Abigail Spencer.  

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, celebrated the impending birth of her firstborn son with the prince by flying to the Big Apple by private jet in 2019. Around 20 friends attended the five-day celebration.

In the fourth episode of the docu-series, which was released today, the royal mother-of-two shared a number of pictures taken with her friends, from the event, which took place in one of the most expensive suites at The Mark Hotel in Manhattan.

A group photo also features her university friend Lindsay Roth, makeup artist Daniel Martin and hair stylist Serge Normant. 

Left to right: Hair stylist Serge Normant, Soho House global membership director Markus Anderson; Suits star Abigail Spencer; fashion publicist Celine Khavarani; makeup artist Daniel Martin; mother-to-be Meghan Markle, designer Misha Nonoo; tennis star Serena Williams; fitness guru Taryn Toomey, and university friend Lindsay Roth.

In the snaps she can be seen beaming with friends, including fashion designer Misha Nonoo, fitness guru Taryn Toomey, and publicist Celine Khavarani. 

Speaking in the show, Meghan said: ‘My friends surprised me with a really beautiful baby shower in New York. 

‘They were like, “We’re going to shower her with love, and shower her baby, and she’s going to survive this and we’re going to get through it with her.”‘

Meanwhile her friend Silver Tree said: ‘It’s like this really magical time of us just celebrating her.’

Serena said: ‘It was just so cool and so fun to try to have an intimate moment.’

In one photograph Meghan, dressed in a navy blue polka-dot dress, can be seen laughing with her friends  

In one previously unseen snap, Meghan stood alongside Amal Clooney and Serena Williams as they take part in a flower arranging class 

Another snap from the event shows the group of friends all reaching out to Meghan’s blossoming baby bump 

Other guests attending the event included Meghan’s makeup artist Daniel Martin, Markus Anderson and her former BFF Jessica Mulroney. 

The shower was hosted by Serena, Jessica and Genevieve Hillis, who has been Markle’s best friend since the age of 17 when they met at Northwestern University in Illinois. 

There were many guests at the shower in Manhattan, with reports that actor Priyanka Chopra also attended. 

Not only did the unseen photographs reveal Meghan’s star studded address book, but also showed her dressed in a smart navy blue polka-dot dress.   

One of the cakes features a cartoon topper showing Meghan and Harry together next to a pram (pictured) 

The mother-of-two was surrounded by her closest friends during the shower, and in one snap was seen standing with Serena and Amal Clooney during a flower arranging class.  

Another photograph shows Meghan holding her belly while laughing alongside a dessert table.

The cost of Meghan’s New York baby shower 

Private jet from the UK to New York, round trip – $250,000  

The Mark Hotel Grand Penthouse Suite – $150,000 

Five nights in a one-bedroom suite at The Mark Hotel – $9,982.05 

Dinner for five at The Polo Bar – approx. $420 

Lunch at Cafe Bolud – approx. $78

Afternoon tea for two at Laduree – approx. $45 

Two Royal Protection officers – $14,213 

Harp player Erin Hill – $625 

17 Away carry-on suitcases – $3,825 

Gifts: Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib – $379 

10ft mandarin tree – approx. $140  

Lady Fleur NYC roses – approx. $399.95  

Trek bicycle – approx. $609.99 

Carnival King cotton candy machine – $199.99 

JZ Events – $50,000 

Lewis Miller – $20,000   

One of the cakes features a cartoon topper showing Meghan and Harry together next to a pram. 

It is believed to be the work of event designer Darcy Miller, who has been credited with putting together the lavish dessert buffet. 

Another snap shows her many friends reaching out to touch her pregnant belly.  

In February 2019, the Duchess and her closest friends partied at the same hotel – in one of the world’s most expensive suites. 

She and Abigail grabbed lunch together before being joined by the rest of the group for dinner at The Polo Bar, the swanky New York restaurant owned by designer Ralph Lauren.

Then, on the day of, she welcomed even newer friends to her party at The Mark, including human rights lawyer Amal.

However, there were family absences including her mother and new sister-in-law Kate Middleton. 

The Princess of Wales did not have a baby shower for any of her three children, as they have never been a British tradition.  

CBS presenter Gayle King was one of the guests at Meghan’s shower, and previously said: ‘It was a small, private affair, and a special time for her.’

The Duchess’s close pals were treated to stork-shaped cake pops and miniature slices of carrot cake, as well as multiple cupcakes iced in pink and green frosting.

Guests at the lavish baby shower in New York City left the intimate gathering with high-end gift bags filled with the royal’s favorite products. 

High-profile attendees were seen leaving the Mark Hotel’s incredible Grand Penthouse Suite, which costs a staggering $75,000 per night. 

Serena Williams was among the guests who attended the event in February 2019 (pictured) 

Goodies! Daniel  shared a picture of the cookies from Meghan’s star-studded baby shower in New York, saying he had ‘such an incredible day celebrating’

According to People, guests were gifted Cuyana leather totes that were filled to the brim with products, much like Oscars swag bags. 

The totes, which retail for $175-$195 depending on style, included $67 Jo Malone Green Tomato Leaf scented candles, $65 Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder and $81 Susanne Kaufmann Body Butter.

They also reportedly featured products from Rodin and Jessica Alba’s company Honest Beauty. 

On the day of Meghan’s shower, about 17 Away suitcases were delivered to The Mark Hotel, each of which cost $225.  

The Sussexes’ six-part show – which forms part of their multimillion-pound deal with Netflix – has become the streaming giant’s most-watched documentary in a premiere week, debuting with 81.55million hours viewed. 

The initial tranche covered the couple’s courtship and romance, but many were left deeply unhappy about the programme’s full-on assault on the late Queen’s Commonwealth legacy, with some saying it seemed as if the couple want to ‘bring down the monarchy’.

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