Did Meghan Markle's Baby Showers Land Her in Hot Water with the Royal Family?

Did Meghan Markle's Baby Showers Land Her in Hot Water with the Royal Family?

The Duchess of Sussex is still learning the rules of being a royal, apparently — and that includes how to fete an upcoming baby.

By Jenny Berg
Meghan Markle baby shower drama

Nearly everything Meghan Markle does seems to get some backlash — even her baby showers. The royal mama-to-be recently celebrated her upcoming little one at a ritzy party in New York City, then had another event back across the pond. Is all this celebrating proper for a member of the royal family? Whoops! Looks like it's not. 

According to a source who spoke to Us Weekly, "Meghan is still struggling with the press in London. She was made aware that Kensington Palace and the royal family, that’s not the way they do it with a big, flashy baby shower like the one she had in NYC." (Was it the cotton candy machine that did the shower in?) 

The source continued to say that Markle didn't exactly get "a scolding," but she was indeed, um, told. And earlier, a former spokesperson for the royal family told the magazine: "Baby showers, it’s very much an American thing. We don’t do it here in the U.K. [The NYC shower] was a bit over the top in terms of expense and the way she got there."

OK, but maybe this will salvage it! A new charitable initiative in honor of the royal baby has just begun. The social media movement, which uses the hashtag #GlobalSussexBabyShower, urges followers of the royals to celebrate the birth by donating to one of Markle or Prince Harry's pet charities. And it's working! 

One of the beneficiaries is the animal shelter Mayhew, which has already received considerable donations. The charity's CEO Caroline Yates told PEOPLE: "It was such an incredible thing to come in and see on a Monday morning. We’re so, so grateful to everyone who has shared the original post and donated to Mayhew, and are trying to thank everyone as quickly as possible!”

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