UPDATED: Meghan in New York for Baby Shower & Morocco Schedule Released
UPDATE 2/20: It turns out the shower was actually this afternoon (Wednesday). Here you see Meghan leaving The Mark Hotel on her way to the airport Wednesday night after the shower and other events of the day.
She wore a pair of Adidas Ultraboost sneakers, $180, in what appears to be black.The Duchess also had on the Ingrid & Isabel Active Side Zip Jacket ($88) with a pair of Lululemon ‘Align’ pants ($98) in black.
Meghan’s tote is by Cuyana. It is the brand’s Le Sud Leather Day Bag ($295) in black.It looks like the Duchess is wearing the ‘Mommy’ necklace ($850) from a brand she has worn before, Jennifer Meyer Jewelry.
We will update the post when we have information and confirmation on Meghan’s coat. Now we return to the earlier portion of our post.
It was reported early this morning that Meghan’s baby shower is actually happening this afternoon (Wednesday) in the Grand Penthouse at The Mark Hotel in New York. It did not take place yesterday as was widely reported. The event is said to be co-hosted by her good friends, Serena Williams and Amal Clooney.
According to Tatler Magazine’s exclusive, Serena Williams chose the location as she frequents the hotel’s restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
More from the The Mark’s Hotel site.
The Mark Hotel’s ravishing grand penthouse is the largest hotel penthouse suite in the USA at more than 10,000 square feet including 2,500 square feet of rooftop terrace overlooking Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and beyond.
The unprecedentedly spacious penthouse is set out over the top two floors of The Mark Hotel and includes 5 bedrooms, 4 fireplaces, 6 bathrooms, 2 powder rooms, and 2 wet bars. The Living Room (which can be transformed into a full-sized Grand Ballroom) boasts 26-foot ceilings, a fireplace and adjacent wet bar.”
Serena posted a photo on her Instagram, taken just after noon today in one of the penthouse bathrooms.
Details on the event include word there will be a floral arranging lesson and a dessert table prepared by the hotel restaurant’s head chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Shortly before noon a cotton candy machine arrived as well as about a dozen or so suitcases from Away Luggage, reported to be favors for each of the guests in attendance! You can see the Away Luggage pieces in this Hello! Canada Tweet below.
Go behind the scenes of the royal baby shower! 👶 https://t.co/rg24AvMlef
— HELLO! Canada (@HelloCanada) February 20, 2019
Away is a sustainable and ethical company which falls right in line with much of the types of products and companies Meghan continues to support.
More about the products from the company’s site. “Our polycarbonate and aluminum suitcases are …guaranteed for life. How we make our products matters too, which is why we choose to work with luggage suppliers who have processes that cut back on waste…”. The company has partnered with Peace Direct, a nonprofit that “supports local peacebuilders in twelve areas of conflict around the world who work to address the triggers of violence and help prevent it.” More about the company’s charitable efforts from its website.
We’ve also chosen to work with partners who support charitable causes, like Charity: Water, whose mission is to improve access to clean water, and Kode With Klossy, who works to empower girls to become leaders in tech. Together, we connect travelers with more than great luggage: we connect them with ways to leave the world a better place than they found it.
The luggage is available in a variety of colors and sizes and includes features such as built-in USB battery packs for charging mobile phones and other devices. The Away Bigger Carry-on, shown below ($245), is described as “The perfect carry-on, sized up. Unbreakable, thoughtfully designed, and guaranteed for life.”
The luggage starts at $245 for the Carry-on up to $295 for the Large suitcase, 29” x 20.5” x 12.5”.
Monogramming is offered for an additional $50. The company also offers a selection of travel bags. It was a fashion showcase as guests began arriving in the afternoon. Those attending included, Abigail Spencer, Misha Nonoo, Jessica Mulroney, Gayle King, fitness guru Taryn Toomey, Lindsay Roth and Amal Clooney. Meghan’s hair stylist from the royal wedding, Serge Normant as well as her close friend and make-up artist, Daniel Martin were also seen arriving.
Watch celebs like Amal Clooney + Jessica Mulroney arrive for Duchess Meghan’s baby shower 🍼 pic.twitter.com/qnFGN12TLZ
— HELLO! Canada (@HelloCanada) February 20, 2019
We begin with news some of you may have already heard: Meghan is in New York enjoying time with friends and a baby shower. Below, the Duchess headed to lunch before her shower this afternoon.
Reporter Omid Scobie broke the story Monday that the Duchess was in the city; this is from his Harper’s Bazaar story:
Meghan flew from London to New York on Friday, February 15, for five nights of rest, shopping, and good food with some of her closest and most loyal pals—her first time in NYC since getting married.
More in this morning’s report for GMA.
Meghan is staying on the Upper East Side; midday she was joined at her hotel by close friend and Suits co-star Abigail Spencer. Below, the Duchess and Ms. Spencer as they leave Meghan’s hotel.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 19, 2019
The pair walked to the nearby Met Breuer (part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art).
Abigail and Meghan were then seen at the Surrey Hotel where it is believed they had lunch. (These buildings are all very close, within two blocks of each other, so it is not a long walk.) Following that they returned to Meghan’s hotel for her shower.
This Daily Mail Tweet has a brief video in it as well.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) February 19, 2019
Now for a quick glance at what Meghan wore.
The Duchess was in another vintage piece from William Vintage, this one the coat from a classic couture ensemble by Courrèges. More from the William Vintage Instagram.
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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex 🖤 wearing #WilliamVintage Courrèges Haute Couture black trapeze coat in matelassé silk, circa 1965 today. #meghanmarkle #courreges #sustainablefashion #vintage #restorecouture #hautecouture #60sfashion #vintagefashion #vintageisnow
Here is a closer look via 1st Dibs. The black matelassé ensemble included the trapeze coat with its stand collar, large buttons and short sleeves. The matching short-sleeved dress featured a scoop neckline and bow.
André Courrèges founded the label in the mid-60s; more from The Telegraph’s 2016 obit on the designer:
…in the mid-1960s he changed the way women dressed, and did so almost overnight.
Courrèges’s “new look” swept the world in 1964 almost as dramatically as had that of Dior in 1947, but, unlike Dior, whose clothes evoked the opulence of a bygone age, Courrèges’s highly distinctive designs owed virtually nothing to tradition, instead they embraced the “Space Age”.
Women’s Wear Daily called him the “Le Corbusier of Paris Couture” and his clothes were embraced by Lee Radziwill, Margaret Trudeau, the Baroness de Rothschild and Princess Ira von Fürstenberg.
Meghan’s are longer than those seen on the model. Customer comments on the H&M site refer to the jeans as being too long, and longer than shown on the model; that would explain the disparity in length.
Meghan appeared to be carrying a bag by CH Carolina Herrera, the brand’s diffusion line.
It looks like the Matroyshka Large Shoulder Bag in the ‘trench’ colorway. The bag is good-sized, measuring 12″ x 20″ x 9″. The Matroyshka line is described as being “… inspired by the traditional Russian nesting dolls, featuring different sizes which neatly fit inside each other.”
Meghan’s shoes might be one of her older pairs, possibly those made for Scoop by Stuart Weitzman.
With thanks to Alexandra on Twitter, we think Meghan was wearing Le Specs sunglasses, the brand’s Air Heart style.We show them at Nordstrom ($69), but they are also offered at Net-a-Porter ($70). In Australia and New Zealand they are carried at The Iconic ($69.95).
As you can see in the photos, Meghan’s hair was down.
The Duchess was wearing her Pippa Small Herkimer Diamond Earrings ($1900).And she also had on her Solange Azagury Partridge Love Ring, shown below when Meghan wore it to a different engagement.
UPDATE: Tonight Meghan was joined by friends for dinner at the Polo Bar, designer Ralph Lauren’s restaurant.
Above you see her arriving with Markus Anderson, the friend who is said to have introduced Prince Harry and Meghan. Also on hand tonight, Serena Williams and Jessica Mulroney. Below, another look at the restaurant.
The Duchess wore a piece we first saw Christmas Day, her Victoria Beckham Tailored Slim Coat in deep navy cashmere ($3085). She appeared to be carrying a Stella McCartney Bag, the brand’s Falabella Fine Chain Mini Tote ($1185). The bag is measures roughly 14″ x 16″ x 4″. It is made of a polyurethane/polyester blend and has a top handle as well as a chain that can be used to carry it as a crossbody style.
Meghan was in a pair of boots we’ve not seen before. They look like Tamara Mellon’s ‘Kindred’ Mid-Calf Boot ($695). Made in calf hair, the style has an almond toe and dramatic, architectural heel measuring 4″.
A note about our use of photos from the NYC visit: Last night we did not publish or post the photos of Meghan when she was out and about. It felt somewhat intrusive to us and we elected not to post about the evening. Today there was a fixed media position set up at Meghan’s hotel and she traveled in a vehicle with US State Department plates. Things were clearly arranged ahead of time and Meghan knew to expect media, thus our decision to publish photos. The situation this evening was similar.
Our WMW fashion recap from Instagram:
We now have details for this weekend’s royal visit to Morocco.
A little background on the country, beginning with its location. The North African country is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and its national colors are red and green, something we will likely see reflected in Meghan’s wardrobe at some point.
The Duke and Duchess will fly into Casablanca, the country’s largest city, on Saturday night. Flight time from London to Casablanca is a bit more than three hours.
They will be greeted by the British Ambassador, Thomas Reilly, and Prince Harry will inspect a Guard of Honour. This is the only appearance on Saturday.
- The day begins with a visit to an Education for All boarding house, located in Asni, situated in the Atlas Mountains. The organization provides housing for girls ages 12-18 to ensure they have access to secondary education. The couple will meet teens who live at the facility and the housemother.
- Next on the agenda, a stop at the Lycée Qualifiant Grand Atlas, another secondary school located in Asni. Meghan and Harry will meet students and watch a football game.
- The Duke and Duchess then visit the original Education for All boarding house where the program began. Prince Harry will invest Michael McHugo, the founder of EFA, with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Mr. McHugio is being recognized for his work improving gender equality in education in Morocco.
- There is then a break in the schedule for lunch and travel to Rabat, the capital of Morocco.
- Sunday night there is a formal reception at the British Ambassador’s home. Guests at the function will influential Moroccan women, disabled athletes and young entrepreneurs.
- The first engagement is at the Moroccan Federation of Royal Equestrian Sports, where the Duke and Duchess will learn about a program using equine therapy for children with special needs. Meghan and Harry will watch a riding demonstration and see a grooming session with children in the program.
- In the afternoon Meghan and Harry will watch a cooking demonstration with children from underprivileged backgrounds as they learn traditional Moroccan recipes. They will also view locally made artisan cookware and meet children with disabilities who work in a specially designed restaurant that accommodates their challenges.
- The final engagement for the Duke and Duchess is at the Andalusian Gardens at the Kasbah, where they will meet young entrepreneurs and view traditional Moroccan arts and crafts.
More on the trip from Camilla Tominey’s story for The Telegraph:
The trip comes ahead of a four-hour flight to Morocco this weekend, where the royal couple will spend a night in Casablanca before carrying out two days of engagements in Asni, in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, and Rabat. A Kensington Palace spokesman indicated that a doctor will be travelling with the royal party, saying: “Medical provision has been taking into account.”
The trip, scheduled at the last-minute after a regional engagement fell through, took royal watchers by surprise – as has the New York outing, even though it is thought to have been planned for months.
We will see you Friday for the official arrival in Casablanca, if not before!
- The Mirror’s story about Meghan’s visit is here; The Daily Mail’s coverage is here; The Sun’s story from Emily Andrews is here; Camilla Tominey’s piece for The Telegraph is here
- The Fug Girls post is here; a Bazaar photo gallery is here; a People slide show is here; PopSugar’s gallery with 50+ pix is here
- Meghan flew to New York on Friday and was photographed incognito, being escorted into an SUV in the city on Monday. Carrying a second wide-brimmed black hat in her hand, along with a white bag while her bodyguard carried a Lululemon holdall, Meghan may have gone unnoticed, were it not for her sparkling diamond engagement ring catching the eye of a paparazzi.