Meghan Markle, who is in the final trimester of her pregnancy, travelled to the Big Apple on Friday.
According to Harpers Bazaar, the 37-year-old is enjoying “rest, shopping and good food” with her “closest and most loyal” friends.
The trip comes after the Duchess of Sussex’s dad Thomas released the contents of a letter sent to him by his daughter, in which she said he had “broken her heart”.
It has also been revealed her friends will be hosting a baby shower for the former Suits actress for 15 guests at a private location tomorrow.
Joined by stylist pal Jessica Mulroney, who was in town for Good Morning America, the pair visited Ladurée in New York’s SoHo district on Saturday, for macarons and tea in one of the bakery’s private spaces.
A source told Us Weekly: “They were having a lovely time, laughing and talking with each other.”
She was later spotted at a high-end children’s clothing store called Bonpoint.
Baby showers are not common among members of the royal family as they’re seen as ” highly inappropriate,” ABC News’ royal expert Victoria Arbiter said.
The visit – her first to New York since her wedding to Prince Harry last year – is said to have been planned months ago.
A source told the website: “The trip is a lovely chance to catch up with friends and spend time in a city she loves.
“This will be the last time a lot of them will see Meg until after the baby is born so it’s nice to share precious moments.”
The source added: “Meg will be flying home refreshed and relaxed – and with a lot of new baby clothes.”
“She is chilling out”
Just a day before traveling, the duchess spent a quiet Valentine’s Day with Prince Harry at their Kensington Palace home.
Later this week, Meghan will be taking her last flight until after the birth.
She’s headed to Morocco with her husband for an official two-day visit to North Africa.
A Palace spokesman said: “The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to the visit which will highlight the vital roles that girls’ education and youth empowerment are playing in, and shaping, modern Morocco.”