Last month Meghan Markle's best friends threw her a gorgeous, intimate baby shower in New York City. The event was a break with royal tradition, as most Kensington Palace moms-to-be don't have baby showers. According to royals expert Victoria Arbiter, baby showers for royals are actually seen as "highly inappropriate" because the family is "clearly very wealthy." "There's nothing they can't go out and buy themselves," she told ABC News in 2013.
So why did Markle choose to have her shower anyway? We're not sure, but according to a new report from Us Weekly. she was at least informed that such an event would raise eyebrows. “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,” a source told the magazine.
Don't take this to mean Markle was reprimanded after her shower, though. In fact, another royals expert, Katie Nicholl, tells Glamour all this talk of Markle breaking "royal protocol" or "royal tradition" is more of a big deal outside the palace than in.
"You read all the time about Meghan breaking protocol by wearing dark nail polish, Meghan breaking protocol by wearing an off-the-shoulder dress, breaking protocol by wearing black. She's not breaking royal protocol," Nicholl, author of Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love, says. "There is no book of royal etiquette. She's just doing things differently. I don't think that's causing huge problems at the palace—if Meghan steps out wearing dark nail polish. I don't think it's upsetting anyone. "
For what it's worth, Markle's baby shower sounds like it was an absolute blast. "A good time was had by all," Gayle King, who attended to shower, revealed on CBS This Morning. We're sure the queen would've loved it.