MEGHAN MARKLE “devalues her own brand” by her extravagant spending and this is “not a good look” for the monarchy, a royal expert shockingly claimed.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have just welcomed their new royal baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor into the world. However, when baby Archie was on the way, expectant mum-to-be Meghan faced a backlash for the way she made an expensive trip to New York. Channel 5 documentary “Royal Scandals”, which first aired in April, heard from royal experts on the perceived extravagances of the Royal Family.
In February this year, the Duchess of Sussex came under fire for her star-studded luxury baby shower after she flew to the US in a private jet for the occasion.
The trip on the jet alone was estimated to have cost over £170,000, and also prompted environmentalists to question her eco-friendly credentials.
The trip and the subsequent criticism it received prompted Kensington Palace to issue a rare statement confirming that the costs – estimated to be over £345,000 in total – had been privately funded.
However, that did not stop the criticism.
Meghan MAkrel came under fire for her lavish NYC baby shower (Image: Getty)
The Duchess of Sussex pictured in February in New York for the celebration (Image: Getty)
Amal Clooney, left, and Serena Williams were reported to have footed the bill for the Duchess (Image: Getty)
Royal author Claudia Joseph commented: “In a time of austerity, when other people aren’t able to spend that sort of money, it looks bad.
“Meghan devalues her own brand by doing it.”
The Royal Family reportedly spent £4.7million on travel last year, rising from £4.5million in 2017.
Ms Joseph said: “If the monarchy wants to continue, if they’re seen to be spending vast amounts of the public money and not working, or partying in public, it’s not a good look.”
Royal historian Richard Fitzwilliams added: “The matter of royal travel is very often one for debate.
“The royals certainly give out the message that they travel in as economical a way as possible that is commensurate with security.
“I think that, on the whole, is true.”
However, he added that Prince Andrew’s spending habits have often been scrutinised when it comes to extravagant travel.
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This is also something that his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie have faced criticism for.
However other Royals have made the news for travelling in much less glamorous style.
Prince William and Prince Harry were spotted on budget airline FlyBe after attending the wedding of their cousin Zara Philips in Scotland in 2011 , and Kate Middleton flew British Airways for her first solo royal tour to the Netherlands in 2016.
Queen Elizabeth II, although she has the use of her Royal Train, often travels by passenger train when she goes to Sandringham every year.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK