The Duchess hosted her baby shower at five star The Mark Hotel in New York in February. It has been revealed that to avoid looking as though she was enjoying the media’s attention too much, Meghan requested that hotel staff let her leave via the service entrance.
The revelation comes after documents from the US State Department explain the dynamic behind the move.
According to the report: “The VIP [Meghan] explained that her intent was to change the literal optics of the departure, making it appear that she was at least attempting to sneak out of the hotel in photos rather than exiting through the main entrance and giving the potential impression that she was enjoying the media attention.”
Her demand, as per the report, resulted in more carnage than if she had followed the original plan of action, as vehicles had to be moved to line up at the new door.
The baby shower panned out as a high-end event, with Meghan brushing shoulders with A-listers – a scene she would have been well used to considering her Hollywood background.
Meghan asked to leave through a service entrance
The baby shower was lavishly expensive
Among the guests were Serena Williams and Amal Clooney, as well as Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney, and American TV anchor Gayle King.
The escapade brought New York’s streets to a standstill, causing widespread traffic jams and general disruptions.
Both fans and press lined up at barriers on Manhattan’s East side for the glitzy event, the full cost of which was not disclosed by the State Department.
Meghan’s move to escape apparent media attention, however, proved fruitless, as the former Suits actor attracted a hefty amount of reproval from several figures.
The Mark Hotel is New York’s upmarket venue
While some complained about the baby shower being too pricey, others complained about it being held in New York – which ultimately left many UK royal fans down and out in their plans to catch a glimpse of a pregnant Meghan.
Queen Elizabeth II’s former spokesman, Dickie Arbiter, was particularly contemptuous of the event.
He said: “Baby showers, it’s very much an American thing, We don’t do it here in the U.K. It was a bit over the top in terms of expense and the way she got there.”
Though the State Department never officially released the cost of the day, according to Cosmopolitan, the event came in at around $200,000 (£161, 860).
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Meghan was still criticised about the baby shower
Frogmore Cottage is in Windsor
The UK public did not pay a penny for the baby shower, however, with Meghan’s friend’s the ones who footed the bill.
Ms Williams organised the event, also paying for Meghan’s $75,000 (£60,000) a night penthouse suite.
Friends didn’t pay for the Duke and Duchess’ Frogmore Cottage renovations, though, with the public paying the bill that racked up a whopping £2.4million ($2.9million).
The cottage had been remodelled from five separate living quarters into one large official residence for the couple and Archie.
Archie was born earlier this year
Public funds paid for the cost of replacing heating, electric, gas and water main systems, as well as replacing ceiling beams and floor joists.
The baby showers opulence didn’t end with the end bill and luxurious penthouse stay.
Meghan also flew to New York City via a private jet, which would have set her back $100,000 (£80,000).
Leaving through the service entrance of the hotel, Meghan went off to the extravagant “Polo Bar” for dinner with friends.
Meghan is close friends with the William’s family
In another bid to evade the cameras, Meghan ordered her drivers to change the route to the restaurant despite it being just 1.5 miles away
Paparazzi still managed to snap pictures of her entering and leaving the restaurant – much to the dismay of Meghan.
The State Department files also told of how Meghan changed her mind about where she wanted to have dinner at the last minute, as her first choice, Flora Bar, had a large glass ceiling that paparazzi could take photographs through.