Meghan Markle's lavish baby shower received backlash, but she 'doesn't regret' it

Meghan Markle knows her lavish Manhattan baby shower raised eyebrows, but months later, she's not second-guessing it.

"She doesn't regret the baby shower in NYC that got so much backlash," Us Weekly reports of the February shower. "She doesn't regret celebrating her baby or doing it in NYC."

Baby showers aren't customary in the United Kingdom, but the Duchess of Sussex is, of course, an American, and most of her friends are too. Tennis champ Serena Williams hosted the swanky affair, which reportedly totaled a $200,000 bill. Williams footed the bill for a $75,000 penthouse hotel suite at The Mark and friends split the rest.

Perhaps anticipating outcry from British taxpayers should Meghan utilize certain royal amenities, she traveled to the States on a private jet that a friend personally lended to her.

PHOTOS: Guests arrive at Duchess Meghan's baby shower

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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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Several royal insiders were politely dismayed by the affair, including the Queen's former spokesman, Dickie Arbiter: "It was a bit over the top in terms of expense and the way she got there," he admitted, noting that baby showers in general are "very much an American thing."

Although Meghan wasn't reprimanded for the shower, she was "made aware" that her "big, flashy" event strayed from the norm. And her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, was not present for the shower, fueling the rumor mill with more reports of a feud between the two Duchesses. 

That said, her friends have made it clear that they just wanted the day to be as enjoyable as possible for the Duchess, who has suffered her fair share of negative press during her first year as a royal. Among the guests were Amal Clooney and Gayle King.

"I'm a perfectionist, so I'm like, 'Let's make it perfect,'" Williams said of planning the shower.

The Duchess will likely return the friendship favor with a visit to Wimbledon this summer to watch Williams compete.

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Meghan and Harry cozy up in Australia
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Meghan and Harry cozy up in Australia
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Dubbo Airport on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Dubbo Airport on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Dubbo Airport on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Dubbo Airport on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch aboriginal dances at Victoria Park in Dubbo on October 17, 2018. - Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan visited a drought-stricken region of Australia on October 17, bringing a rare and welcome rainstorm with them. (Photo by Peter PARKS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch aboriginal dances at Victoria Park in Dubbo on October 17, 2018. - Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan visited a drought-stricken region of Australia on October 17, bringing a rare and welcome rainstorm with them. (Photo by Peter PARKS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
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