Meghan Markle Cradles Baby Bump Outside Her Baby Shower in New York City
The Duchess of Sussex wore sunglasses and styled her hair in a gorgeous blowout.
Baby Sussex is being showered with love!
Meghan Markle was seen outside New York City hotel The Mark, where her closest friends are expected to celebrate her pregnancy with a baby shower, on Tuesday afternoon. The Duchess of Sussex, 37, wore dark Le Spec sunglasses and styled her hair in a classic blowout, placing a hand on her baby bump over her vintage grey coat as she headed out. She completed her look with the “Nearly Skinny Maternity” jeans by Hatch Maternity as well as beige heels and a matching handbag by Carolina Herrera.
News that Meghan was in New York broke on Monday.
Abigail Spencer, who appeared with Meghan on Suits, arrived at the hotel holding a gift bag decorated with green and blue flowers. The actress shared a photo of herself on Instagram making her way through an airport on Monday, sparking talk that she may be joining her pal for the celebrations.
Meghan and Abigail left The Mark to check out some art at the nearby Met Breuer before grabbing a bite to eat at French restaurant Café Boulud, inside the Surrey Hotel, a few blocks away. They then returned to The Mark.
Toronto-based stylist Jessica Mulroney, whose three children served important roles in Meghan’s bridal party at her royal wedding, is among those expected to attend Meghan’s baby shower. Friends reported to also be on the guest list include Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra and Misha Nonoo.
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, was spotted in Los Angeles on the day of the celebration.
Decorations believed to be for the bash, including dozens of floral arrangements, were delivered outside the The Mark on Tuesday.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, her husband Prince Harry surprised kids during their spring “half term” holiday from school as they took part in sport and games and had a nutritious meal in a bid to beat hunger during school vacations.
At the “Fit and Fed” February activity session on Tuesday in Streatham, south London, he met volunteers and young leaders from Streatham Youth and Community Trust (SYCT) who were running trampolining and Jiu-jitsu sessions for children, ages 7 to 16, at the John Corfield Centre. And he then moved on to join staff and helpers making a healthy hot lunch.
So what should you do if you happen to bump into our favorite American royal? Beaumont Etiquette founder Myka Meier tells PEOPLE that etiquette rules always follow the protocol of each respective country.
“In American culture, we do not curtsy or bow as a sign of respect, and therefore you would not do so if you came upon a royal in the United States,” she explains. “Just as when Kate Middleton and Prince Williamvisited America in 2014, we saw then-President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama simply extend a handshake to welcome them, it would be the same if you were to greet the Duchess of Sussex in NYC.”
So is it okay to approach Meghan and shake her hand?
“The correct protocol when in the presence of a royal is to never approach, and instead wait to be introduced,” Meier says.