Meghan Markle will celebrate her 40th birthday in a low-key manner on Wednesday, though sources confirmed that her husband, Prince Harry, may still whisk her away on an intimate getaway as he has done in the past.
We’re told there are no plans for a big party for the Duchess of Sussex, who has only recently given birth to her daughter Lilibet Diana.
Markle will be 40 on the same day that former President Barack Obama will celebrate his 60th birthday, which will be followed by a weekend celebration at his Martha’s Vineyard residence. The Sussexes will not be attending Obama’s celebration.
While it was rumoured that Meghan will throw a lavish celebration with Oprah Winfrey’s A-list party planner Colin Cowie, this is not the case, as none of the sources close to the royals that SurgeZirc FR spoke to could confirm the news.
Following the birth of their daughter, Lili, in June, both Harry and Markle are still on parental leave. We’ve been assured that things will be calm with their infant and 2-year-old son Archie, especially given the growing Covid-19 issue in their new home state of California.
Although it’s unclear what Prince Harry has planned for his wife on her birthday, sources close to them say there are lots of places around their $14.5 million Montecito house where he may take his young family.
All of Meghan’s best friends and potential guests of any birthday party live in the United States, including her college pal Lindsay Roth, actresses Janina Gavankar and Abigail Spencer, TV director Silver Tree, and makeup artist Daniel Martin, who all came to her defence earlier this year when she was accused of bullying by Buckingham Palace staff.
While it’s not yet clear what her current birthday celebration will look like, it’s also important to know that Harry and Markle have a history of keeping birthday parties to a minimum size.
For her 36th birthday, Harry whisked his then-girlfriend away to Botswana, Africa, where they worked with the charity Elephants Without Borders on conservation projects.
Markle and Harry attended their friend Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks’ wedding in Surrey on Markle’s 37th birthday, her first as a member of the royal family.
The pair marked her 38th birthday, Markle’s first as a mother after giving birth to their son Archie, in private at their Windsor residence, Frogmore Cottage, in the United Kingdom, with a celebratory carrot cake.
In the midst of the Covid pandemic last year, Markle quietly celebrated her 39th birthday at home, months after she and Harry made headlines by leaving the royal family for the United States.
The Duchess celebrates her 40th birthday just a few months before her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, who will be 40 in January. Prince William, Prince Harry’s brother-in-law, will turn 40 in June.