Guests at Meghan Markle’s lavish baby shower in New York City left the intimate gathering with high-end gift bags filled with luxe leather tote bags filled with the royal’s favorite products.
The 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex celebrated her impending arrival last week in The Mark Hotel’s incredible Grand Penthouse Suite, which costs a staggering $75,000 per night. High-profile guests were seen leaving the fete, and they didn’t go empty-handed.
According to People, Serena Williams, Amal Clooney, and Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney were among the attendees who were gifted Cuyana leather totes that were filled to the brim with products, much like Oscars swag bags.
Treated like royalty: Guests at Meghan Markle’s lavish baby shower in New York City reportedly took home $700 worth of thank you gifts
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.
Brands often send celebrities free gifts in the hopes of getting press, and with Meghan’s shower making headlines around the world, it’s likely that companies were more than willing to offer up products for the guests’ gift bags.
Guests, which included designer Misha Nonoo and celebrity trainer Taryn Toomey, also scored some new luggage at the fete.
On the day of Meghan’s shower, about 17 Away suitcases were delivered to The Mark Hotel, each of which cost $225.
Luxe: Attendees were gifted Cuyana leather totes that were filled to the brim with some of the royal’s favorite products. The totes cost $175-$195 depending on style
Added touches: The totes featured $67 Jo Malone Green Tomato Leaf scented candles
Daniel Martin, Meghan’s longtime friend and makeup artist, dished about the February 20 festivities in a new interview with People.
‘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.
Though photographers were stationed outside The Mark Hotel — and also caught Meghan and company at The Polo Bar the night before — what went on inside has been mostly kept hush-hush.
‘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 revealed. ‘It was like going to a family reunion.’
Another guest who spoke to People anonymously added: ‘It was all baby talk. She was getting tons of advice.’
More gifts: Guests were also given $225 Away suitcases, which were delivered to The Mark Hotel ahead of Meghan’s shower
Getaway: Meghan, pictured in New York last week, was treated to the lavish baby shower at The Mark Hotel’s sprawling $75,000-a-night penthouse
Gang’s back together! Daniel Martin, who did Meghan’s makeup for her wedding, described the shower as a ‘family reunion’
Daniel also shared a photo from Meghan’s shower, showing the cute rattle, bib, and stork-shaped cookies put out for attendees.
Fellow guest Gayle King opened up about the intimate shower on CBS This Morning, revealing she and other attendees were taught how to arrange flowers at the party. Meghan then donated those arrangements to various charities.
The anchor also said that she could not reveal the gift that she purchased for the royal because the guest of honor did not open any of her presents, choosing instead to wait until she got back to London and was with Prince Harry.
With the royal just a few months away from her due date, there has been mounting speculation as to whether Meghan and Harry are expecting a girl or a boy.
The Duchess reportedly told her friends at the shower that she is pregnant with a baby boy, according to Us Weekly.
Nearest and dearest: Many of Meghan’s closest friends who attended her wedding were there, including Amal Clooney (left) and Serena Williams (right)
Goodies! Daniel recently shared a picture of the cookies from Meghan’s star-studded baby shower in New York, saying he had ‘such an incredible day celebrating’
Lavish: The baby shower took place in the Penthouse Suite at The Mark Hotel, which is widely reported to be the most expensive per-night hotel room in the U.S.
However, many have speculated that she is having a girl based on the decor at her extravagant baby shower.
Decorations for the shower started arriving the day before the bash, and there was plenty of pink — from the blush-colored roses to the cotton candy machine that was brought into the hotel.
Earlier this week, a video that emerged on social that appears to give a glimpse at the decorations inside the penthouse party.
Royal fan account harry_meghan_updates shared a video on Instagram Stories, claiming that the short clip was actually captured inside the star-studded baby shower.
The video shows a dessert table that features plenty of sweet treats, including four macaron towers from Laduree, which cost a total of $460.
Behind-the-scenes: Earlier this week, a video that emerged on social that appears to give a glimpse at the decorations inside the penthouse party
It’s a girl? The buffet featured stork cake pops, macaron towers, and miniature slices of carrot cake. The Instagram poster noted that a majority of the confections were pink
Meghan’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.
Also seen in the video are the iced baby-themed cookies that Meghan’s longtime friend and makeup artist Daniel Martin shared photos of earlier this week.
The crowning glory was a two-tiered cake, which featured a miniature paper cut out of Harry and Meghan, standing next to a stroller.
The confection is believed to be the work of event designer Darcy Miller, who has been credited with putting together the lavish dessert buffet at the event.
It is unknown who filmed the clip, which the account reposted from another Instagram Story, but the location is tagged as The Mark Hotel, where the royal’s shower was held.
Added touch; The crowning glory was a two-tiered cake that featured a miniature paper cut out of Harry and Meghan standing next to a stroller
Special delivery! A huge bucket of pink roses was seen being delivered to The Mark Hotel ahead of Meghan’s shower, sparking rumors she is expecting a baby girl
The plot thickens: Megan reportedly told guests at her shower that she and Harry are expecting a baby boy, but earlier this month she said it was a ‘surprise’
The video also includes several hashtags including #EarlierThisWeek, #Royal #BabyShower and, perhaps most noticeably, #Girl, with the account speculating that the mostly-pink color scheme of the event suggests Meghan and Harry are expecting a little princess.
It’s also possible that she and Prince Harry are waiting until the day their royal baby is born to find out the gender.
Earlier this month, the Duchess of Sussex was captured talking to a guest about her unborn child at the Endeavor Awards.
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 for two nights – $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
Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib – $379
Two 10ft mandarin trees – approx. $280
Lady Fleur roses – approx. $399.95
Trek bicycle – approx. $609.99
Carnival King cotton candy machine – $199.99
Jennifer Meyer ‘Mommy’ necklace – $850
Repeat Roses – $1,750
JZ Events – $50,000
Lewis Miller – $20,000
‘We don’t know,’ she says in the clip shared by the royal fan Instagram account @harry_meghan_updates. ‘Yes, we decided to keep it a secret, and then that way… it’s one of those things, like, no matter what it is, it’s still going to be a surprise.’
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter recently stated that it is ‘royal philosophy’ to keep the baby’s gender a secret until the day of the birth.
‘There’s a belief that there are so few surprises left in life why not save the biggest one for the moment a child is born,’ she told Honey.nine.com. ‘This is not just a royal philosophy, many parents across the UK choose not to find out.’
Kate Middleton and Prince William kept the sexes of all three of their children a secret until after they were born, and they were public about their decision not to even learn the gender of their babies before they were born.
While this is typically a standard rule for members of the royal family, Queen Elizabeth II has not made it an official ban.
From shunning nude tights to sporting dark nail polish, Meghan is known to be a royal rule breaker, and it’s possible that she knows the sex of her baby but is keeping mum.
Victoria also stated that baby showers are typically not held, but the Duchess has already broken this protocol with her luxurious and highly-publicized shower that dominated headlines last week.
According to the royal commentator, the royals are ‘very wealthy’ and a ‘lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate’ because ‘there’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.’
Last month, bookmakers were forced to suspend the market on the gender of Meghan and Harry’s baby after an overwhelming number of bets were placed on the royal couple welcoming a girl.
The pregnant Duchess is due to give birth to her first child with Prince Harry in April, but the gender of the baby is not yet known.