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Duchess Meghan celebrates her baby shower in New York City

The Duchess of Sussex positively glowed in her home country.

By Alex Lilly
Reports emerged on Tuesday that Duchess Meghan had touched down in New York to celebrate her baby shower with her nearest and dearest. And now the royal mum-to-be has been spotted in the Big Apple for the grand festivities.
Dressed in a chic Courrèges coat, black trousers and nude heels accessorised with large black sunglasses, the Duchess of Sussex cradled her baby bump as she left the five star Mark Hotel in New York's Upper East Side to go to lunch with her friend and former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer ahead of the shower.
And despite the masses of reporters, Duchess Meghan remained poised as she as she entered a waiting SUV with Department of State license plates.
The Duchess of Sussex glowed as she departed to the Mark Hotel in New York City. (Image: REX Features)
The pregnant royal cradled her baby bump and was positively glowing. (Image: REX Features)
Following their lunch at Cafe Boulud, Meghan and Abigail returned to the hotel for the baby shower celebrations and it seems that the pregnant royal's friends have spared no expense.
According to HELLO!, preparations for the royal baby shower began early on Tuesday, with Meghan's best friend Jessica Mulroney at the helm.
Ahead of the duchess's arrival, security was upped with barriers secured around the hotel and photographers captured a team of florists delivering hundreds of spring flowers to the venue.
Amongst the orange and yellow tulips, there was an abundance of pink roses- is this a subtle clue that Meghan and Harry are expecting a daughter?
One delivery person also carried carried what looked like orange tree, a symbol of prosperity, happiness and luck in Eastern culture.
Duchess Meghan was snapped with her friend and former Suits costar Abigail Spencer. (Image: Getty Images)
Presents and cards in honour of Baby Sussex were also spotted being delivered, including a three-in-one convertible Hudson crib valued at £290 (AU$528.79).
According to the website, it is "made with eco-friendly, non-toxic materials backed with GREENGUARD GOLD certification. An included toddler bed conversion kit allows you to seamlessly convert from crib to toddler bed to daybed."
Baby Sussex's crib looks fit for royalty! (Image: Babyletto)
Among the 15 guests expected to attend the royal baby shower are best friends Jessica Mulroney, Abigail Spencer and Misha Nonoo, a fashion designer who reportedly set Meghan and Harry up on their first blind date.
Royal reporter Omid Scobie also told Good Morning America that the baby shower is "a reunion of sorts for Meghan."
"[Guests] include best pal Jessica Mulroney, actress and close pal Abigail Spencer has flown in and Priyanka Chopra is supposed to be flying in especially for this from London Fashion Week."
"It'll be a celebration with her closest friends."
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Baby showers are typically something that the royal family avoids, however it is a big tradition in Meghan's native US.
Royal expert Victoria Arbiter previously told The Sun that since royals are "very wealthy, a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate. There's nothing they can't go out and buy themselves".
Duchess Meghan's trip across the pond has certainly been a busy one. On Saturday, the duchess indulged in some shopping and visited Laduree in SoHo for macarons and tea for a private visit.
A witness told Us Weekly that she and her friend were seen "having a lovely time, laughing and talking with each other."
Duchess Meghan and her best friend Jessica Mulroney are famously close. (Image: Getty Images)
This isn't the only celebration ahead of Baby Sussex's arrival though.
According to Scobie, Duchess Meghan will have another baby shower for her loved ones based in the UK when she returns to London after her official royal visit to Morocco with Prince Harry.
The countdown is on!

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