Meghan Markle: Did Her NYC Baby Shower Piss off the Royals?

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On Tuesday, we reported on the news that Meghan Markle was in NYC for a baby shower hosted by a handful of her closest friends.

That may sound like a rather innocuous situation, but as with just about everything Meghan does, the British tabloid press is claiming there are scandalous implications.

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By now, you've probably heard about Meghan's various "breaches of royal protocol."

These range from complaints about Meghan's attire to concerns about her ability to curtsy properly.

And now, it's being reported that the Duchess of Sussex broke the rules once again by celebrating her forthcoming bundle of joy with her best friends.

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Part of the reason, of course, is that the celebration took place in America.

While Meghan and Prince Harry's wedding celebrated her Yankee heritage, it seems the Windsors would prefer to downplay her past as an American actress now that Meg is a royal.

But sources say the biggest reason Queen Elizabeth II is not happy with Meghan's celebration is that baby showers are simply not customary for members of the royal family.

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It seems even peasant Brits find the American tradition gauche, and it's particularly frowned upon for people of means like the royals.

Royal expert Victoria Arbiter says the reason for this is that there's "added pressure that they are clearly very wealthy, and a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate.

"There's nothing they can't go out and buy themselves," Arbiter adds.

Meghan Markle in Red Coat

Despite rumors that Pippa threw Kate Middleton a baby shower before Prince Louis' birth, it seems the Duchess of Cambridge did not have showers for any of her three children.

And it seems traditionalists at Buckingham Palace are less than thrilled by the fact that Meghan failed to ask for the Queen's permission.

Insiders say Meg's party was a small affair with just 15 guests.

Meghan Markle Royally Waves

But that doesn't mean it was lacking in star power.

Rumored attendees include Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, designer Misha Nonoo, and Suits stars Sarah Rafferty and Abigail Spencer.

No word yet on whether or not Meghan's beloved mother, Doria Ragland, was in attendance.

Meghan Markle and Supporters

Whatever the case, it's nice to hear that Meghan was able to escape her royal obligations for a few days to spend some time with her besties.

Given how awful the awful side of Meghan's family is, she needs support from wherever she can get it.

We're sure moving thousands of miles from home and suddenly becoming a global household name is quite an isolating experience -- so hopefully QE2 can come to terms with the fact that Meg sometimes needs to get away from it all.

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