Duchess Meghan ‘was made aware’ that royals don’t have ‘flashy’ baby showers

Do as the Brits do! Duchess Meghan’s opulent February baby shower in New York City was met with varied reviews by the British media — and mixed feelings by the royal family.

“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 exclusively tells Us Weekly, noting that the Duchess of Sussex, 37, didn’t receive “a scolding” for her soiree in the states, but was informed that it strays from the norm.

Queen Elizabeth II’s former press spokesperson, Dickie Arbiter, previously shared a similar sentiment with Us about Meghan’s lavish celebration. “Baby showers, it’s very much an American thing,” he explained to Us earlier this month of the Duchess of Sussex’s star-studded party at The Mark Hotel with famous friends, including Amal Clooney and Abigail Spencer. “We don’t do it here in the U.K. It was a bit over the top in terms of expense and the way she got there.”

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Guests and gifts arrive at Meghan Markle's NYC baby shower
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Guests and gifts arrive at Meghan Markle's NYC baby shower
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amal Clooney leaves The Mark Hotel after attending Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amal Clooney leaves The Mark Hotel after attending Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amal Clooney is seen on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amal Clooney arrives to The Carlyle after attending Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Gayle King arrives at Meghan Markle's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Jessica Mulroney is seen arriving at the mark hotel on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Misha Nonoo arrive at Meghan Markle's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Guest arrive at Meghan Markle's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Abigail Spencer arrives at Meghan Markle's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Gifts arrive at Meghan Markle's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Gifts carried by Amal Clooney's security arrive at Meghan Markle's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amal Clooney is seen arriving at The Mark Hotel on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
New York police officers and members of the press stand outside The Mark Hotel during Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Gayle King arrives for the baby shower for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at The Mark Hotel Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20:Gayle King is seen arriving at the mark hotel on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Gayle King arrives to The Mark Hotel for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 19: A general view of atmosphere outside Meghan, Duchess of Sussex baby shower at The Mark Hotel in the Upper East Side on February 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
Jessica Mulroney arrives for the baby shower for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at the Mark Hotel Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amal Clooney is seen arriving at The Mark Hotel on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
Jessica Mulroney arrives for the baby shower for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at the Mark Hotel Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Jessica Mulroney arrives to The Mark Hotel for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - February 20: Guest arrives at Meghan Duchess of Sussex Baby Shower at The Mark in New York City n February 20 , 2019. Credit: RW/MediaPunch /IPX
NEW YORK, NY - February 20: Guest arrives at Meghan Duchess of Sussex Baby Shower at The Mark in New York City n February 20 , 2019. Credit: RW/MediaPunch /IPX
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Despite the reaction, Meghan is planning on having a second shower in the U.K. with family and friends, including husband Prince Harry, mother Doria Ragland and sister-in-law Duchess Kate, who will be hosting. Arbiter explained of the upcoming bash, “Meghan is American and she does things the American way.”

Although the former actress will celebrate her pregnancy in the first week of April, she has been feeling anxious during her final trimester. “Sources close to Meghan say that, like any new mom-to-be, she’s feeling somewhat nervous as the due date approaches, but Harry is there by her side,” royal reporter Omid Scobie told Good Morning America on Wednesday, March 27, of Meghan, who is due in late April or early May. “He’s decreased a lot of his work to be there for his wife.”

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan receive baby gifts on Commonwealth Day
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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan receive baby gifts on Commonwealth Day
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), react as they are presented with baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Janice Charette (2L), at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), react as they are presented with baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Janice Charette (2L), at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), react as they are presented with baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Janice Charette (2L), at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are given baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette as they attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), react as they are presented with baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Janice Charette (2L), at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are given baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette as they attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are given baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette as they attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are given baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette as they attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, reacts as she is given baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette (unseen) at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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