- Meghan Markle is reportedly having two baby showers.
- The first is reportedly taking place in New York City on Wednesday, while the second is expected to take place in the UK.
- Royals typically do not have baby showers since they are generally more of a North American tradition, one royals expert told INSIDER.
Baby showers are not common in the royal family, but it looks like California-born Meghan Markle might be bringing the tradition to Kensington Palace.
The Duchess of Sussex is currently taking a break from her royal duties for a fairly low-key visit to New York City. She began her NYC trip on Friday, and she’s already been spotted around town with close friends Abigail Spencer and Serena Williams.
The Daily Mail reports that a private baby shower is taking place on Wednesday at The Mark hotel in New York’s Upper East Side, and now Good Morning America’s royal contributor Omid Scobie reports that a second shower is scheduled for when Markle returns to the UK.
Scobie tweeted that the second shower will be “a smaller gathering,” and is set to take place after Markle returns from a trip to Morocco scheduled for February 23 – 25.
Today’s baby shower is the first of two, sources tell me.
Around 20 of Meghan’s loved ones — incl Misha Nonoo, Jessica Mulroney and Abigail Spencer — will join her in NYC later this afternoon, with a smaller gathering scheduled for pals on this side of the pond after Morocco. pic.twitter.com/Ty0dHD4E6H
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) February 19, 2019
If true, Markle would be slightly deviating from royal tradition, though there is no official protocol in place that prevents it.
Royal expert Marlene Koenig of Royal Musings told INSIDER that showers “are more North American than British,” though that doesn’t mean Markle cannot have one of her own.
“Being a member of the royal family does not mean she has to eschew American traditions,” Koenig told INSIDER. “It may not be a British tradition, royal or otherwise, but no one is violating ‘protocol.'”
According to royal commentator Victoria Arbiter, another reason the royal family shies away from baby showers has to do with the gift-giving that typically happens at these parties.
“A lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate,” Arbiter told ABC News in 2013 about the possibility of Kate Middleton having a baby shower. “There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.”
Speaking of gifts, a crib was seen making its way into The Mark hotel on Tuesday, though there’s no word if the crib is a gift or part of the decor. Markle’s “Suits” co-star Spencer was also spotted bringing a gift bag into the hotel.
Kensington Palace declined to comment on baby showers within the royal family.
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