Meghan Markle is pictured out in New York City as she prepares to attend baby shower

Meghan Markle attempted to keep a low profile as she stepped out in New York City on Monday evening, looking chic, but inconspicuous, in a long black overcoat and a gray newsboy cap pulled down over her dark brown hair. 

The 37-year-old royal, who returned to the Big Apple over the weekend in order to spend some quality time with her girlfriends before the arrival of her first child this spring, was seen being escorted by a royal protection officer into an SUV parked that was parked on a city street.

Meghan kept her head down low as she made her way to the car, with her dark hair covering the side of her face, and she carried a second wide-brimmed black hat in her hand, along with a white bag.

Incognito: Meghan Markle was seen stepping out in New York City on Monday evening, after flying into the city to attend a baby shower that is reportedly being organized by her closest friends 

Incognito: Meghan Markle was seen stepping out in New York City on Monday evening, after flying into the city to attend a baby shower that is reportedly being organized by her closest friends 

Incognito: Meghan Markle was seen stepping out in New York City on Monday evening, after flying into the city to attend a baby shower that is reportedly being organized by her closest friends 

Helping hand: A bodyguard escorted the royal down a small flight of stairs during the outing, and was seen guiding the mother-to-be towards a waiting SUV 

Helping hand: A bodyguard escorted the royal down a small flight of stairs during the outing, and was seen guiding the mother-to-be towards a waiting SUV 

Helping hand: A bodyguard escorted the royal down a small flight of stairs during the outing, and was seen guiding the mother-to-be towards a waiting SUV 

Low-profile: The royal kept her head down low and wore a newsboy cap on her head, leaving her hair down to cover the side of her face

Low-profile: The royal kept her head down low and wore a newsboy cap on her head, leaving her hair down to cover the side of her face

Low-profile: The royal kept her head down low and wore a newsboy cap on her head, leaving her hair down to cover the side of her face

The Duchess of Sussex flashed both her wedding band and the three-stone diamond engagement ring that Prince Harry designed for her while holding on to the hat and bag. 

In her other arm, she had a large gray handbag held in the crook of her elbow. The bodyguard that was in front of her also carried some of her things, including a Lululemon tote bag that was covered with Meghan’s tan wool coat. 

The soon-to-be mother-of-one appeared to be going out of her way to remain unrecognizable during the short walk to the SUV. 

Meghan, who is believed to have been in the city since Friday, had yet to be photographed until Monday evening.

The royal’s hair covered most of her face, and she looked straight ahead, away from the cameras as she got inside the vehicle.   

Keeping warm: The Duchess of Sussex kept warm in a dark wool coat, and was seen carrying a wide-brimmed black hat in her hand, along with a plan white bag

Keeping warm: The Duchess of Sussex kept warm in a dark wool coat, and was seen carrying a wide-brimmed black hat in her hand, along with a plan white bag

Keeping warm: The Duchess of Sussex kept warm in a dark wool coat, and was seen carrying a wide-brimmed black hat in her hand, along with a plan white bag

Glitz and glamour: Although Meghan seemed as though she was trying to maintain a low profile, the engagement ring on her finger was unmistakable. The three-stone ring was designed for her especially by her husband Prince Harry

Glitz and glamour: Although Meghan seemed as though she was trying to maintain a low profile, the engagement ring on her finger was unmistakable. The three-stone ring was designed for her especially by her husband Prince Harry

Glitz and glamour: Although Meghan seemed as though she was trying to maintain a low profile, the engagement ring on her finger was unmistakable. The three-stone ring was designed for her especially by her husband Prince Harry

Blending in: The soon-to-be mother-of-one also carried a gray handbag in the crook of her elbow 

Blending in: The soon-to-be mother-of-one also carried a gray handbag in the crook of her elbow 

Blending in: The soon-to-be mother-of-one also carried a gray handbag in the crook of her elbow 

Surprise visit: It is the first time that Meghan has been photographed in the city during this trip, which is believed to have started on Friday when she flew in from London after spending Valentine's Day with Prince Harry 

Surprise visit: It is the first time that Meghan has been photographed in the city during this trip, which is believed to have started on Friday when she flew in from London after spending Valentine's Day with Prince Harry 

Surprise visit: It is the first time that Meghan has been photographed in the city during this trip, which is believed to have started on Friday when she flew in from London after spending Valentine’s Day with Prince Harry 

The Duchess is believed to have flown from London to New York City on February, 15, for a five-day trip filled with shopping, good food, and a baby shower with 15 of her closest pals. 

The visit marks the first time the Duchess of Sussex has been in the Big Apple since she said ‘I do’ to Prince Harry in May 2018, and she hasn’t wasted any time hitting up her favorite hot spots. 

Meghan joined her close pal and unofficial stylist Jessica Mulroney at Ladurée in SoHo on Saturday to enjoy macarons and tea in one of the location’s private spaces, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

Although Jessica is based in Canada, she was in New York filming style segments for Good Morning America after being named the show’s newest fashion contributor in late 2018. 

The decision to visit Ladurée may have been Meghan’s as the known foodie once took part in a photo shoot for Tod’s in the ornately decorated French restaurant.  

Bundling up: The royal showed off just a hint of a baby bump under the thick oversized coat, which was seen protruding slightly as she made her way to the car 

Bundling up: The royal showed off just a hint of a baby bump under the thick oversized coat, which was seen protruding slightly as she made her way to the car 

Bundling up: The royal showed off just a hint of a baby bump under the thick oversized coat, which was seen protruding slightly as she made her way to the car 

On the go: The bodyguard that was in front of her also carried some of her things, including another coat, suggesting that Meghan may have brought several outfit options with her 

On the go: The bodyguard that was in front of her also carried some of her things, including another coat, suggesting that Meghan may have brought several outfit options with her 

On the go: The bodyguard that was in front of her also carried some of her things, including another coat, suggesting that Meghan may have brought several outfit options with her 

Shopping? He held on to a Lululemon tote bag that was covered with a tan overcoat

Shopping? He held on to a Lululemon tote bag that was covered with a tan overcoat

Shopping? He held on to a Lululemon tote bag that was covered with a tan overcoat

The Duchess also praised the restaurant in an interview with writer Barry Samaha.

‘I love Ladurée in SoHo,’ she said. ‘It’s like a little slice of Paris in the middle of New York City. 

‘It is absolutely beautiful, and the courtyard is awesome,’ she added. ‘Everyone should get the Coupe SoHo, which is this amazing salted caramel ice cream. It’s delicious!’ 

When she isn’t enjoying pastries with her pals, she is spending much of her days relishing in the amenities available at the unnamed five-star hotel where she is reportedly staying.  

Sources confirmed to Harper’s Bazaar that friends are throwing Megan a baby shower at an undisclosed Upper East Side hotel for 15 guests on Tuesday, the day before she leaves. 

It seems likely that Jessica will stay in town to attend the shower. Meanwhile, Meghan’s former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer took to Instagram Stories on Monday to reveal she was traveling, which suggests that she may be headed to New York City for the shower. 

Catching up: Meghan Markle (pictured in London last week) is reportedly in New York City visiting friends before the arrival of her royal baby this spring 

Catching up: Meghan Markle (pictured in London last week) is reportedly in New York City visiting friends before the arrival of her royal baby this spring 

Catching up: Meghan Markle (pictured in London last week) is reportedly in New York City visiting friends before the arrival of her royal baby this spring 

Out and about: The Duchess of Sussex and her close friend Jessica Mulroney (pictured in 2016) enjoyed macarons at Ladurée in SoHo on Saturday

Out and about: The Duchess of Sussex and her close friend Jessica Mulroney (pictured in 2016) enjoyed macarons at Ladurée in SoHo on Saturday

Out and about: The Duchess of Sussex and her close friend Jessica Mulroney (pictured in 2016) enjoyed macarons at Ladurée in SoHo on Saturday

Way back when: Meghan once did a photo shoot for fashion brand Tod's in the ornate French restaurant 

Way back when: Meghan once did a photo shoot for fashion brand Tod's in the ornate French restaurant 

Way back when: Meghan once did a photo shoot for fashion brand Tod’s in the ornate French restaurant 

Big Apple fun: A source said the trip is a chance for Meghan to 'catch up with friends and spent time in a city she loves.' The former actress is pictured in New York City in 2016 

Big Apple fun: A source said the trip is a chance for Meghan to 'catch up with friends and spent time in a city she loves.' The former actress is pictured in New York City in 2016 

Big Apple fun: A source said the trip is a chance for Meghan to ‘catch up with friends and spent time in a city she loves.’ The former actress is pictured in New York City in 2016 

Celebration: An unidentified source said the royal's friends are throwing her a baby shower at an undisclosed private location for 15 guests on Tuesday

Celebration: An unidentified source said the royal's friends are throwing her a baby shower at an undisclosed private location for 15 guests on Tuesday

Celebration: An unidentified source said the royal’s friends are throwing her a baby shower at an undisclosed private location for 15 guests on Tuesday

‘On the road again,’ she captioned the selfie that shows off her silver suitcase. 

‘The trip is a lovely chance to catch up with friends and spend time in a city she loves,’ a source told the outlet.

‘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.’

According to the unidentified friend of the royal’s, Meghan’s trip to the Big Apple was planned months ago. 

‘It’s been a relaxing visit. Nothing beats face time with your friends,’ the person added. ‘Meg will be flying home refreshed and relaxed—and with a lot of new baby clothes.’ 

Headed to the Big Apple? Meghan's former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer took to Instagram Stories to reveal she was traveling on Monday, wheeling a silver Away carry-on suitcase with her, as well as a chic black handbag and a brown shoulder bag 

Headed to the Big Apple? Meghan's former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer took to Instagram Stories to reveal she was traveling on Monday, wheeling a silver Away carry-on suitcase with her, as well as a chic black handbag and a brown shoulder bag 

Headed to the Big Apple? Meghan’s former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer took to Instagram Stories to reveal she was traveling on Monday, wheeling a silver Away carry-on suitcase with her, as well as a chic black handbag and a brown shoulder bag 

Another guest? It's likely that Jessica, 38, stayed in New York for Meghan's shower after arriving in the city last week to film a fashion segment for Good Morning America

Another guest? It's likely that Jessica, 38, stayed in New York for Meghan's shower after arriving in the city last week to film a fashion segment for Good Morning America

Another guest? It’s likely that Jessica, 38, stayed in New York for Meghan’s shower after arriving in the city last week to film a fashion segment for Good Morning America

On the guest list? Serena Williams (pictured) and Suits star Sarah Rafferty both attended the royal wedding, and it's likely they were invited to Meghan's shower

On the guest list? Serena Williams (pictured) and Suits star Sarah Rafferty both attended the royal wedding, and it's likely they were invited to Meghan's shower

On the guest list? Serena Williams and Suits star Sarah Rafferty (pictured) both attended the royal wedding, and it's likely they were invited to Meghan's shower

On the guest list? Serena Williams and Suits star Sarah Rafferty (pictured) both attended the royal wedding, and it's likely they were invited to Meghan's shower

On the guest list? Serena Williams (left) and Suits star Sarah Rafferty (right) both attended the royal wedding, and it’s likely they were invited to Meghan’s shower 

Flight buddy? Meghan's close friend Priyanka Chopra (pictured in NYC last week) spent Valentine's Day in London, and it's possible they traveled to New York together the next day

Flight buddy? Meghan's close friend Priyanka Chopra (pictured in NYC last week) spent Valentine's Day in London, and it's possible they traveled to New York together the next day

Flight buddy? Meghan’s close friend Priyanka Chopra (pictured in NYC last week) spent Valentine’s Day in London, and it’s possible they traveled to New York together the next day

Her hand's are full! Pilates instructor Heather Dorak, another friend who attended the royal wedding, welcomed a child on Valentine's Day and presumably won't be attending the shower

Her hand's are full! Pilates instructor Heather Dorak, another friend who attended the royal wedding, welcomed a child on Valentine's Day and presumably won't be attending the shower

Her hand’s are full! Pilates instructor Heather Dorak, another friend who attended the royal wedding, welcomed a child on Valentine’s Day and presumably won’t be attending the shower

Meghan’s close friend Priyanka Chopra spent Valentine’s Day in London, and it’s possible they traveled to New York City together the next day. 

Tennis legend Serena Williams, Suits star Sarah Rafferty, designer Misha Nonoo, brand consultant Benita Litt, and college pal Lindsay Roth are also among the friends who are likely to to be guests at Meghan’s shower. 

Pilates instructor Heather Dorak, another close friend who attended the royal wedding, welcomed her second child, a baby boy named Cody Cohen, on Valentine’s Day and presumably won’t be attending the exclusive party. 

The day before she flew to New York, Meghan enjoyed a quiet Valentine’s Day evening with Prince Harry, their first as a married couple. 

The Duke of Sussex, 34, spent the early part of February 14 in Norway meeting British armed forces who are taking part in winter survival training in the Arctic Circle.

Royal return: The visit marks the first time Meghan has been in the Big Apple since she said 'I do' to Prince Harry in May 2018. The couple is expecting their first child is due this spring 

Royal return: The visit marks the first time Meghan has been in the Big Apple since she said 'I do' to Prince Harry in May 2018. The couple is expecting their first child is due this spring 

Royal return: The visit marks the first time Meghan has been in the Big Apple since she said ‘I do’ to Prince Harry in May 2018. The couple is expecting their first child is due this spring 

Away: Prince Harry, 34, spend the early part of Valentine's Day in Norway, meeting British armed forces who are taking part in winter survival training in the Arctic Circle

Away: Prince Harry, 34, spend the early part of Valentine's Day in Norway, meeting British armed forces who are taking part in winter survival training in the Arctic Circle

Away: Prince Harry, 34, spend the early part of Valentine’s Day in Norway, meeting British armed forces who are taking part in winter survival training in the Arctic Circle

Romantic gesture: Harry chartered a private jet home from Norway to make it back in time to spend the rest of his day with his wife, who is a self-confessed 'sucker for Valentine's Day'

Romantic gesture: Harry chartered a private jet home from Norway to make it back in time to spend the rest of his day with his wife, who is a self-confessed 'sucker for Valentine's Day'

Romantic gesture: Harry chartered a private jet home from Norway to make it back in time to spend the rest of his day with his wife, who is a self-confessed ‘sucker for Valentine’s Day’

As part of his visit, Harry was shown Quincey Shelter, which resembles a makeshift igloo. 

The space had been decorated with photographs of his wedding to Meghan ahead of his arrival, and he laughingly referred to as a ‘shrine’ when he saw it. 

Harry chartered a private jet home to make it back in time to spend the rest of his day with his wife, who is a self-confessed ‘sucker for Valentine’s Day.’

Meghan wrote about her love of the romantic holiday on her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig.  

‘Without fail, every February 14th, I wake up feeling like I’m immersed in a Robert Doisneau photo, waiting with bated breath to be dipped into a kiss,’ she said. ‘This is all happening in black and white, of course. And in Paris, if I had my way. 

‘But delusions of Francophile grandeur aside, Valentine’s Day is special wherever you happen to find yourself. And in terms of gifts, be it breakfast in bed, a sweet love note, or a single flower, it really is the thought that counts.’

Meghan is expected to return to London on Wednesday, ahead of an official royal visit to Morocco with Harry on February 23.  

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