Did Meghan Markle Really Spend $300,000 on Her Baby Shower?

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People were obsessed with Meghan Markle's star-studded New York baby shower back in February. The Duchess planned two baby showers, one in the U.K. and one in New York.

However, since becoming a royal, Markle has faced a constant stream of online abuse and bullying.

From her heritage and family to staffing issues and her role as a mother, one of the most significant sources of controversies for Markle has been her reported lavish lifestyle.

It has been reported that her A-list baby shower cost hundreds of thousands, which generated anger from the public. Even the royal family members were rumored to have disapproved of the entire event.

The baby shower in New York was reportedly hosted by Serena Williams and Genevieve Hillis. Williams reportedly booked the Mark's $75,000 penthouse suite for the event. The suite is reportedly the largest penthouse in the U.S., which has two floors, five bedrooms, six bathrooms and four fireplaces.

Only 20 of Markle's closest friends attended. This included Amal Clooney, Abigail Spencer, Gayle King and many more.

On the day of the baby shower, the attendees were treated to a flower-arranging and dessert-making lesson. There was also reportedly a harpist who played at the baby shower.

Everything from party favors to the food to the guest list, the former actress was believed to have spent over $300,000 on the party.

Additionally, reports also said that Markle intentionally left her mother, Doria Ragland, off the guestlist.

 

According to Hello Magazine, in new court papers filed on Friday, Markle's lawyers denied a lot of the alleged details around the event.

"The suggestion that the Claimant deliberately left out her mother from her baby shower and ditched her in favor of her famous friends is untrue and offensive to her," the court documents read.

"The Claimant's mother was, of course, invited, and the Claimant also offered to buy her airline tickets."

Markle's lawyer also said that Doria was unable to attend due to work commitments and added the $300k expenses were "falsely stated."

Markle's camp explained that the baby shower was organized by her friends from college and that everyone who attended was close friends, some of whom she had known for over two decades.

At the end of the baby shower, the flowers that were arranged at the event were collected and given to pediatric cancer patients at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New York.

According to Repeat Roses, they were so honored to help the Duchess of Sussex and that the baby shower VIPs "create a ripple effect of joy long after the special event was over."

"By pairing beautiful petals and positive energy, all of the ladies' handcraft arrangements sent a burst of love and smiles to patients into three special organizations."

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