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Heavily pregnant Meghan Markle has lunch with friend Abigail Spencer ahead of baby shower

A stunning look for the Duchess

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The royal baby countdown is officially on! The Duchess of Sussex looked radiant and beamed with happiness as she left The Mark hotel in New York ahead of her baby shower which will take place this week. Meghan, who is in the city to attend her lavish baby shower, was pictured heading out to have lunch with friend Abigail Spencer at The Surrey Hotel.

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Meghan and Abigail Spencer headed out for lunch

The mum-to-be was typically elegant in a black coat and carried her favourite Matryoshka CH Carolina Herrera bag. Meghan kept her makeup to a minimum, instead showing off her natural pregnancy glow. Wearing sunglasses, Prince Harry's wife walked briskly past the cameras and kept her head down as she exited the Upper East Side hotel.

Meghan looked elegant in an all-black outfit

Following news that the Duchess was in the Big Apple, it was revealed that she was staying at the popular The Mark Hotel and soon after, security was increased and barriers were also put into place outside the hotel.

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Earlier on Tuesday, flowers including orange and yellow tulips as well as an orange tree were delivered to the hotel, but it has since been revealed they are not for Meghan's baby shower. 

Decorations and flowers were delivered to the hotel

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One of the first presents to arrive was a huge convertible crib by babyletto, which retails online for £290. The item, which includes a toddler bed conversion kit and comes in a range of colours, was delivered to the hotel carefully packaged in its box.

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