Critics Slam Meghan Markle & Prince Harry for 'Obscene' Baby Shower Trip Which Allegedly Cost $500K
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, are getting backlash over her recent $500,000 five-day trip to New York to throw a baby shower.
Meghan, who is about seven months pregnant, took a private jet from the UK to the US over the weekend to get together with some of her friends, including Serena Williams and Amal Clooney, to celebrate the upcoming birth of her baby at The Mark hotel.
Her friends came bearing gifts, as a baby cot was dropped off at her hotel, as well as pink roses, leading to speculations that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting a baby girl.
As for the decorations for the party, people photographed dozens of floral arrangements right in front of the hotel, as well as a harp and a cotton candy machine that were believed to be part of the celebration.
The night after the baby shower, Serena, Jessica Mulroney, and Markus Anderson – who reportedly introduced Meghan and Prince Harry – had a fancy dinner at Ralph Lauren’s restaurant The Polo Bar.
Is it really none of our business when Meghan & Harry are being billed as Humanitarians. They are Patrons of charities for the disadvantaged. The obscene cost of this 5 day trip is utter hypocrisy. Not to mention the carbon footprint of taking a private jet— cinderella (@78esmerelda) February 21, 2019
Altogether, the five-day trip is believed to have cost around $500,000, what has led critics to call Meghan and Harry “hypocrites” due to the anti-poverty campaign they have supported.
That trip for Meghan Markle for a baby shower in New York cost over half a million quid round trip. Who cares who paid. No wonder there are anti-royalists out there, when we’ve got thousands of homeless people on our streets. Thoughtless 💩— Geoffrey Downes (@asiageoff) February 21, 2019
Apart from that, people complained about Meghan flying in a private jet instead of on one of the many trans-Atlantic commercial flights as Harry has focused his efforts on raising awareness on climate change.
And Meghan has spent half a million British pounds on clothes this year alone. Not to mention how much money is being spent on refurbishing Frogmore for her. Wouldn’t this money be better spent in other places?— rammie (@ramenshino) February 19, 2019
A rep for Friends of the Earth told Daily Mail that private air travel leaves behind a “huge carbon footprint” and that the duchess should consider a different way to travel in the future. “We invite her to set a good climate trend by flying less,” added the spokesperson.
Meghan didn't have to spend money. That's what real friends do. The jet was free from on of her or Harry's RICH friends. Small minded folk think small. No baby shower I ever went too or gave cost the expecting parents anything.— Amelia Dukes Hutton (@HuttonDukes) February 22, 2019
If things were not hard enough for the Royals, Express reported that Meghan’s wardrobe cost during her New York trip was approximately $11,000, which is about a third of the average UK salary (nearly $35,600).
NO FAMILY INVITED
One of the most interesting aspects of the baby shower and the dinner Meghan had was that no member of her family was present. It was not a surprise that her father Thomas and sister Samantha were not invited due to their rocky relationship, but her mother Doria was spotted running some errands alone in Los Angeles.
Not even her sister-in-law Kate Middleton or Princess Beatrice, who works in NY as the Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy at Afiniti, were invited, though baby showers are not a tradition in the UK.