Meghan Markle’s star-studded New York baby shower showed the REAL her – flashy, publicity-hungry but undeniably independent

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IT was billed as a private trip, during which pregnant Meghan Markle was to attend a low-key baby shower with her closest friends.

But the moment the Duchess stepped a black satin boot-clad foot from her plane (or private jet) in New York, her every move has been very well documented.

Meghan has jetted to New York for a five-day break
Meghan has jetted to New York for a five-day break
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And the 37-year-old, who is due to give birth to her first child with Prince Harry in just a matter of weeks, has looked as though she is enjoying every moment of it.

Clearly, being able to break free from what Meghan could feel is restrictive palace protocol becomes the royal mother-to-be, who has acted more like a glamorous superstar than the wife of an heir to the throne.

And perhaps more telling is that the Duchess appears to be at home in the Hollywood limelight without her husband by her side.

Her visit to Manhattan is a trip that Meghan wanted to have an impact.

Meghan’s A-lister pals – including Suits star Abigail Spencer – have all made sure they’ve been spotted
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The Duchess, pictured in a Victoria Beckham coat, has visited some of New York’s swankiest spots
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Her famous pal Serena Williams joined her entourage
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Wearing a £2,250 ($3,085) navy Victoria Beckham coat, with a notable group of A-list friends and visits to the swankiest restaurants, bars and hotels in the Big Apple, Meghan’s whirlwind visit has been anything but low key and modest.

The Duchess’s grand entrance on Tuesday night, accompanied by a bodyguard, in front of the cameras was more befitting a publicity-hungry star like Kim Kardashian – the opposite to her sister-in-law Kate, who on solo visits without William refuses to acknowledge the cameras, and looks debonair and slightly detached.

Instead, we’ve seen Meghan wearing glamorous makeup and smiling and waving to the cameras.

Meghan was showered with gifts – and doesn’t everyone know it
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There’s been no attempt to be discreet about her baby shower – these items of luxury luggage are party favours for those on the guestlist
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There’s clearly been no expensive spared for her glamorous baby shower, held at New York’s luxurious Mark Hotel
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These aren’t paparazzi mobbing her. They are professionals invited to capture the Duchess’s city jaunt with her celebrity pals that include Serena Williams, Suits co-star Abigail Spencer and her BFF Jessica Mulroney.

It is believed Meghan took control of organising a press pit. Although, according to Cosmopolitan, this could have been Meghan’s way of controlling when and how the press captured her.

It’s a tactic that Kate and William employed during their skiing trip in the French Alps with Charlotte and George in 2016. One notable difference, though, was that the Cambridges kept the rest of their trip private.

However, for Meghan in Manhattan, it’s been a very publicity-driven trip – which flies in the face of George Clooney’s comment that Meghan is being “vilified and chased” by the press.

It’s rumoured Meghan organised the press pack gathered outside the venue herself
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The Mark Hotel is said to have rooms costing £57,400 a night
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Meghan has been flanked by her security team everywhere she goes
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Rather than opt for modest venues, the former actress, carrying a £915 ($1,140) Stella McCartney bag, and her pals rocked up to Ralph Lauren’s swanky The Polo Bar – one of Donald Trump’s favourite restaurants.

Then Meghan and Serena were photographed making their way to The Mark, “New York’s most boldly lavish hotel”, which has a £57,400 ($75,000)-a-night penthouse.

There was no attempt to not be seen, no arriving through a back door. Meghan and her pals brazenly used the front entrance, giving the impression they were enjoying being able to do what they like.

The only attempt by Meghan to hide was by wearing Jackie O-style glasses, which only did more to accentuate her celebrity status.

Meghan’s trip is a throwback to her previous A-lister life
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Meghan is more used to Hollywood glamour than demure royalty
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Her baby shower is far from low-key – and definitely what we’d expect from a Hollywood star
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Even the theme of the trip – a baby shower – is very showy, very American – and has seen Meghan lavished with gifts, including a £290 cot delivered to her hotel.

And it’s not something we have seen Kate ever publicly enjoy – because, as royal expert William Hanson says: “Meghan is a very different royal bride to those who have gone before her, especially her more recent forerunner, The Duchess of Cambridge.”

Perhaps Meghan was just enjoying her time being in the spotlight by herself again – as she would have done when she starred in Suits.

It seems Meghan is out to prove that Prince Harry doesn't have a hold over her
It seems Meghan is out to prove that Prince Harry doesn’t have a hold over her
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Or it could be her way of publicly saying that being married to a prince doesn’t define who she is, that Harry doesn’t have a hold over her – that she’s a clever, independent woman who is free to live her life how she wants to, even if that means acting like a celebrity.

But her very glamorous trip does beg the question how is the Duchess of Sussex going to find returning back home to settle in tranquil Frogmore Cottage – whether she’s going to be able to adjust quickly to her new life remains to be seen.

Earlier today we reported how Meghan Markle’s minder stepped in after a heckler branded her a “charlatan princess” outside the New York hotel where she’s throwing her babyshower.

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