Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, flew back from her New York baby shower on a private jet with close pal Amal Clooney, who paid for the $225,000 flight.
The Sun can reveal the 37-year-old travelled with the lawyer wife of actor George Clooney as she was already due to fly back to the UK with her one-year-old children Alexander and Ella.
A source revealed: “Meghan hitched a ride with Amal on the private jet. Amal was already flying back and covering all the costs so it made total sense.
“Amal was more than happy for Meghan to fly back with her and the kids.
“It’s absolutely not the case that the taxpayers or the royal family paid for the cost of the jet.”
They added: “The flight didn’t cost Meghan a thing.”
Meghan was seen leaving a swanky Manhatten hotel’s $103,000-a-night penthouse following her baby shower.
Other stars with the Duchess Of Sussex and Amal were Suits star Abigail Spencer and stylist Jessica Mulroney were all snapped leaving the hotel in a snow shower.
A source said: “The night was anything but low key. Meghan showed she can still hit the town.”
Amal and tennis star Serena Williams were said to be co-hosting it.
The champion sportswoman reportedly footed the $109,000 bill.
The room is 929 square metres and has an additional 232 square metres of terrace, overlooking Central Park in the Big Apple.
It boasts of five bedrooms, four fireplaces, six bathrooms, two powder rooms, two wet bars, a dining room, a conservatory, and a living room that can be “transformed into a full-size Grand Ballroom”, as described by the hotel.
Some of the presents for Meghan seen taken in were designer suitcases costing $418 a pop, harpist Erin Hill who has played for Kanye West and a candy floss machine.
A 3-in-1 convertible crib that retails at $530 was also taken into the lavish hotel.
Tatler reported caterers were snapped carrying boxes into the Mark Hotel.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission