Amal Clooney and Serena Williams planned Meghan Markle’s baby shower

Amal Clooney and Serena Williams planned Meghan Markle’s baby shower

The party caps the Duchess’ visit to New York City.

FILE PHOTO: Markle, Duchess of Sussex, visits Natural History Museum in London
Meghan Markle, Duchess Of Sussex, arrives at the Natural History Museum in London, Britain, Feb 12, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Hannah McKay/File Photo)

Meghan Markle spent her last full day in New York City attending the spectacular baby shower planned by Amal Clooney and Serena Williams in the penthouse suite of the five-star Mark Hotel on Tuesday (Feb 19).

Tatler reported that Clooney and Williams coordinated the baby shower, which cost more than US$80,000 (S$108,164) in total.

According to E! News, this included bunches of peonies at US$180 per arrangement, a US$625 booking of harpist Erin Hill, and Away luggage possibly given out as party favours. The two-story penthouse suite of the Mark Hotel, which charges more than US$75,000 a night, has vaulted ceilings, four bedrooms and a massive terrace overlooking Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum Of Art.

“The shower was a chance for Meg to share excitement of the baby with her closest friends, some of which she hadn’t seen for some time,” shared an insider with ELLE. “It was a beautiful gathering filled with love and celebration – she couldn’t stop smiling.”

Williams took special care planning the perfect party for Meghan. “Serena had made sure all the little things she liked were there: Her favourite foods, flowers and music. Everything was so thoughtful and tastefully done," the source said.

Celebrity attendees included Clooney, CBS anchor Gayle King, Markle's Suits co-star Abigail Spencer, Soho House Global Membership Director Markus Anderson, NBC Cable Entertainment Chairman Bonnie Hammer, wellness guru Taryn Toomey, designer Misha Nonoo, stylist Jessica Mulroney and actress Janina Gavankar, reported E! News.

ELLE noted that no party games or a gender reveal were planned for the afternoon festivities. Markle has said that she and Prince Harry are keeping the gender of their first child a surprise.

Markle flew privately to New York City, borrowing a friend's jet accompanied by her Palace protection officer, reported ELLE. She spent the weekend at Misha Nonoo’s Greenwich Village townhouse before checking in to the Mark Hotel on Monday night.

Meghan will fly Saturday to Morocco with Prince Harry for their three-day royal tour of the country.

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