MEGHAN Markle is risking Royal Family’s reputation with lavish baby shower, Princess Diana’s former top aide says.
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, jetted into New York this week to have a baby shower with friends and indulge in some shopping.
Splash News Meghan flew on a private jet for her New York trip
The trip reportedly cost around £330,000 but because it was a private visit the British taxpayer didn’t pick up the tab.
Friends of Meghan are said to have paid the bill but the Duchess came under fire for making the journey.
Meghan, along with husband Prince Harry, 34, are now on off to Morocco for a three-day visit promoting diplomatic relations and showing support for charitable causes.
Princess Diana’s former private secretary Patrick Jephson has now issued a word of caution saying jaunts, like Meghan’s baby shower trip, risk the “credibility and dignity” of the “royal free-riders”.
He said: “She is a prominent member of the British Royal Family, entrusted with the country’s reputation in everything she does. That responsibility sometimes seems at odds with her personal behaviour.
Mr Jephson wrote in the Daily Mail: “From any angle, the look of Meghan’s Manhattan partying is pretty unedifying. Not just for its excess — though that’s impressively unsettling — but for its calculated recklessness.”
From any angle, the look of Meghan’s Manhattan partying is pretty unedifyingPatrick Jephson
He added: “I suspect anxious courtiers might reasonably be pondering that if this People stunt is how she treats her own flesh and blood, what might she be willing to do to her in-laws if they were ever to similarly incur her displeasure?”
Mr Jephson, who was Diana’s equerry and private secretary between 1988 and 1996, thought the former actress had a stark choice to make.
“It’s a stark choice between the path of celebrity versus the path of duty, service and sacrifice,” he said.
Meghan used a a Gulfstream G450 twin jet plane, which is believed to have cost £95,000 for the six-hour journey back to the UK from the Big Apple.
She stayed in a swanky Manhattan hotel’s £57,000-a-night penthouse following her star-studded baby shower.
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Her exit came after Amal Clooney, Suits star Abigail Spencer and stylist Jessica Mulroney were all snapped leaving the hotel in a snow shower.
Tennis star Serena Williams and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney were said to be co-hosting the event for the Penthouse Suite.
Williams is reportedly footing the £60,000 bill for extravagant shower.
Tim Graham – Getty Patrick Jephson worked for Diana for eight years
PA:Press Association/PA Images Jephson said Meghans baby shower trip risked the royal family’s reputation
Splash News Jephson said Meghans partying in Manhattan was ‘unedifying’
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