Is Meghan Markle’s ‘Extravagant’ Spending Making the Queen Upset?

Meghan Markle came under fire for her lavish New York City baby shower, as it was a more over-the-top affair than is typically done, but now her critics are taking a look at her spending since becoming a royal, calling it “extravagant.”

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Has Meghan Markle spent too much money since marrying Prince Harry?

Among the many criticisms about Meghan Markle is that she has spent too much money, with royal biographer Angela Levin, author of Harry: Conversations with the Prince, explaining during an interview with The Conservative Woman, “I think Meghan on occasion has been extravagant, which has not gone down well.”

She added, “The Queen is known to be frugal and some members of the British public have balked at a proportion of their tax going towards what they consider to be frivolity.”

Among the examples she provided of excess spending was the dress Markle was photographed in for her engagement to Prince Harry, believed to have cost £56,000.

The lavish baby shower was an issue

Markle’s New York city baby shower made headiness for being over-the-top expensive. Levin shared that, despite the fact that Markle’s friends were said to have paid for it, the expense didn’t sit well with many people.

She shared: “More significant was her baby shower in New York which was estimated to cost more than £300,000, an excessive amount whoever offered to pay for it, especially for someone who calls herself a humanitarian.”

At the time, it was believed that the cost of the shower was frowned upon by the Queen, with British royal expert Victoria Arbiter explaining the royals’ views on baby showers: “A lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate. There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.”

Good Morning Britain star Piers Morgan shared his thoughts on how the Queen might have reacted to the cost of Markle’s baby shower, noting on Daily Mail TV: “I think she’s [The Queen] going to be a little bit concerned about this and I’ll say why. We don’t really have baby showers really in Britain. The concept of a very extravagant party with a load of famous people turning up to celebrate the arrival of a baby in a couple of months is not something we would do so the Queen would be like, ‘What is this?’ to start with.”

He added: “Secondly, I think, the sheer scale of the opulence of all this. The key thing about the royals is to be understated. We all know that they’re royal, we all know that they’re very wealthy. But the absolutely number one rule is don’t rub the British people’s noses in your wealth.”

Markle’s spending might have been the reason behind their staff and offices moving

Levin believes that Markle’s spending was part of the reason why the Duke and Duchess’ staff and offices are moving to Buckingham Palace. She shared: “It is, so I have been told, one of many reasons why all Harry and Meghan’s staff and offices are in the process of moving to Buckingham Palace, where even their newly hired PR director, Sara Latham, will be expected to report to the Queen’s Communications Secretary.”

Levin noted that perhaps moving forward Markle will start to become “less show business and more royal.”