"No, not a problem at all," Messervy said of the gratis airfare. "The Royal Family have often been offered such things, the Prince and Princess of Wales took advantage of John Latsis's yacht and also the yacht owned by Donald Gosling Leander for instance. I believe the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the family have sailed on that."
British taxpayers don't have to sweat the details, either. Unlike Princess Eugenie's wedding, Brits aren't footing the bill. Instead, Meghan's friends chipped in for what reportedly amounted to a $200,000 soiree.
But the party wasn't the only gift. Social media posts showed that someone was getting Away luggage, but it was unclear of the rolling suitcases were for attendees or for the royal guest of honour. Messervy put any #sponcon rumours to rest, saying that Away's presence at the party may not have had any official connection to the Duchess of Sussex.
"It is not generally suggested that any specific brand recognition is given as that may be seen as rather pushy, although the Royal Warrant system allows for suppliers of goods for a certain length of time to be advertised in that way," Messervy said. "I do not know who Away are, but they may have given a gift to those attending and it may have nothing to do with her royal highness, who may also have received one, so not necessarily an endorsement!"
Messervy went on to say that the royals are just normal people. They give gifts, they receive them, and in the end, it's not a big deal. Meghan might not be blasting her haul across social media, but she's allowed to take whatever her friends offer. There are no official rules about giving or gifting, so Meghan can carry on.
"Generally, these things are kept a closely guarded secret because of favouritism and values," Messervy said of royal presents and gifts. "But they are regular people, albeit royals, and they give gifts to family, friends, godchildren, etc.!"
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This article originally appeared on InStyle US.