Meghan Markle planning 'low-key' 40th birthday with Harry, children

Entertainment

Page Six 02 August, 2021 - 04:09pm 18 views

Meghan Markle's star-studded 40th birthday bash to be graced by Oprah and other celebs

Geo News 02 August, 2021 - 08:08pm

The Duchess of Sussex, who is living loving life in Montecito with Harry and their two sons, would turn 40 on Wednesday (August 4, 2021).

Colin Cowie, who was Vogue’s top wedding planner and caterer in 2018, was reportedly asked to make arrangements. He has put on parties for several high-profile stars, including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise and Kim Kardashian. However, the Duchess of Sussex's birthday on Wednesday is set to be a low-key affair.

A media outlet, citing source, claims that about 65 guests are invited including her closest friends and family. The celebrations will reportedly be held in the grounds of the Duchess of Sussex's mansion in California.

Meghan's hubby Harry has reportedly ordered a birthday cake from Posies & Sugar, which is located in nearby Santa Barbara. While, it is not known who will be attending the birthday celebration, the likes of Serena Williams and Amal Clooney were both invited to Archie's baby shower.

Inside Meghan Markle’s ‘low-key’ 40th birthday plans

Page Six 02 August, 2021 - 04:09pm

August 2, 2021 | 5:09pm

Meghan Markle will celebrate a low-key 40th birthday on Wednesday — though husband Prince Harry may still whisk her off on an intimate getaway, sources tell Page Six.

There are no plans for a big party for the Duchess of Sussex, who only recently gave birth to her daughter Lilibet, we’re told.

Markle turns 40 on the same day former President Obama celebrates his 60th birthday, which will be followed by a huge bash at his Martha’s Vineyard home over the weekend. The Sussexes are not planning to attend Obama’s party.

While it was rumored that Markle is having a grand bash with Oprah Winfrey’s A-list party planner Colin Cowie at the helm, this is absolutely not happening.

Both Harry and Markle are still on parental leave following the arrival of their daughter, nicknamed Lili, in June. Things will be quiet with their newborn and their 2-year-old son Archie — especially amid the worsening Covid-19 situation in their new home state of California, we’re told.

Although it’s not yet known what exact plans Harry has for his wife, those who know them said there are plenty of spots near their $14.5 million home in Montecito where he can take his young family away.

Markle’s best friends — and potential guests of any limited-attendance birthday party — all live in the US, including her college pal Lindsay Roth, actresses Janina Gavankar and Abigail Spencer, TV director Silver Tree and makeup artist Daniel Martin — all of whom stepped up in her defense amid bullying claims from Buckingham Palace staff earlier this year.

Harry and Markle have a track record of keeping birthday celebrations small.

For her 36th birthday, Harry whisked his then-girlfriend away to Botswana in Africa, where they carried out conservation work with the charity Elephants Without Borders. 

On Markle’s 37th birthday — her first as a member of the royal family — she and Harry attended their friend Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks’ wedding in Surrey.

For her 38th birthday — Markle’s first birthday as a mom after giving birth to their son Archie — the couple spent the day in private at their Windsor home in the UK, Frogmore Cottage, with a celebratory carrot cake.

A few days later, the family flew to the Spanish isle of Ibiza on vacation.

Last year, Markle celebrated her 39th birthday quietly at home amid the Covid pandemic, months after she and Harry sensationally quit the royal family for the US.

The Duchess turns 40 just months before her sister-in-law Kate Middleton — who will celebrate her milestone birthday in January. Brother-in-law Prince William will turn 40 next June.

Kate Middleton working to ‘pacify’ Meghan Markle drama after Lilibet’s death

Geo News 02 August, 2021 - 01:52pm

This claim has been brought forward by relationship expert Sami Wunder and in her interview with Express, the expert was quoted saying, “For the last month I haven’t seen anything new and negative come up from Harry and Meghan after Lili’s birth and I think Kate is making amends and trying to pacify Meghan.”

“Because I actually believe Meghan came in with a lot of passion to do good work and she had really good intentions and I think there is huge disappointment on the part of Harry and Meghan, because they did try and they really did want to do good for the Royal Family. So do I believe there is hope for reconciliation? Absolutely.”

She also added, “I think the birth of a child always represents a fresh start and an opportunity for a new beginning.”

“And I think Kate comes from a very stable, loving family and she understands that this isn’t about ego, this is about understanding that ‘we are a family’.”

“And so I think it’s amazing that she makes this first step towards Meghan, who I am sure also feels happy that she is being reached out to.”

Experts weigh in on Meghan Markle’s ‘guts’ for US presidential bid

Geo News 02 August, 2021 - 01:35pm

A renowned biographer recently sat down for a chat and highlighted the ‘guts’ Meghan Markle has regarding her alleged presidential run.

The claim has been brought forward by royal biographer Tom Bower and in his piece for The Sun he shed light on Meghan’s possible 10-year plan to land a spot in the White House.

His piece read, “With the support of Democrat godfathers the Clintons and the Obamas, Meghan should have little difficulty getting ­nominated as one of the state’s 40 Congressmen sent to Washington.”

“If Californians flock to her ­Crusade for Goodness, then after two terms — just four years — she can establish her political roots.”

“After that, fate would take over. If one of the state’s two Senate seats comes free and she has ­mastered the trade, a mixed-race woman should be a strong runner. She could also run for the state’s governorship, one of ­America’s most prestigious offices.”

“At the end of ten years, the prime of a politician’s life, her record could well justify a bid for the Democrat nomination for the presidency. Meghan certainly has the guts and self-belief to fight to the top of the greasy pole.”

Harry Would Have Never Done This If It Wasn't for Meghan, Sources Say

Best Life 02 August, 2021 - 10:15am

There's little doubt Meghan has offered similar words of encouragement to Harry as he undertakes writing his life story, which she likely encouraged him to publish in the first place. "Harry isn't generally thought of as the 'literary' type whereas Meghan has always understood and utilized the power of the written word," an insider told Best Life. "It's highly unlikely [the book] would have happened without her influence."

Grant Harrold, former butler for the Prince of Wales, told the Express that Harry writing a memoir is "rather unique," as few royals have done so (with the notable exception of Sarah, the Duchess of York, who released two books). "He wants his feelings and views heard," Harrold said.

Those feelings and views will likely include the duke's take on the transformative effect Meghan has had on his life. After all, in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Harry said of Meghan: "Without question, she saved me."

A source who "knows the prince well" told The Sunday Times that Harry's new life with Meghan in the States will inform much of his approach to the book. The insider said: "In his new Californian guise, I think he'll tell it honestly, framed in the context of his 'journey' towards 'healing.'"

It's also possible that Meghan could contribute more directly to the highly anticipated tome. Harrold told the Express: "As Prince Harry's wife, I have no doubt Meghan will be there to assist him with this book and possibly its content too."

Meghan is surely an experienced enough writer to help her husband polish his prose as well as serve as a third set of eyes during the writing and editing process. Read on for a list of her literary accomplishments that could qualify her as an unofficial editor on Harry's book.

In 2017, Meghan made under-the-radar visits to the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. The duchess came to know a group of local women who gathered at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in West London, where they cooked for the community twice a week. The group became known as the Hubb Community Kitchen (hubb means "love" in Arabic) and in 2018, they launched a cookbook of 50 recipes that celebrated the power of community in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy, an idea inspired by Meghan.

Zahira Ghaswala, kitchen coordinator at Al Manaar, told The Guardian it was a "passing conversation" with Meghan that led to the cookbook, titled Together: Our Community Cookbook. "The duchess had asked why the kitchen was not open seven days. And I said 'funding.' And then we offered her the food," she recalled. "She saw the lovely food cooked by these women. So she goes: 'Why not do a cookbook?' At that time I thought it was a flying comment and that was it really. But now, here we are."

The Duchess of Sussex chose to support the cookbook as her first solo effort since joining the Royal Family and wrote the foreword for it, where she described her first visit. "An apron was quickly wrapped around me, I pushed up my sleeves and I found myself washing the rice for lunch," it read in part. "All the aromas percolating in a kitchen filled with countless languages aflutter remains one of my most treasured memories from my first visit to the kitchen."

To celebrate the book's publication in Sept. 2018, Meghan hosted a party on the grounds of Kensington Palace, which Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, and Harry attended to show their support. The prince was happily caught on camera sneaking samples of samosas as he mingled with other attendees.

Meghan went where no royal had ever gone before and guest edited the September issue of British Vogue in 2019. It was the first time a coveted September installment, historically the magazine's biggest, had been co-edited by anyone (the duchess worked with the magazine's editor-in-chief Edward Enninful).

For the issue, aptly titled "Forces for Change," Meghan and Enninful assembled an impressive roster of female advocates and activists including Jane Fonda, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Michelle Obama (who did a Q&A with Meghan via email), Greta ThunbergZendaya, and Jane Goodall (who was interviewed by Harry for the issue).

The duchess undertook the project during her maternity leave from her royal responsibilities while pregnant with her first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. Meghan made headlines when she chose not to appear on the magazine's cover (as Princess Diana and Duchess Kate have done) but instead decided to feature a grid of 15 influential women with one reflective square representing a mirror for the reader.

The duchess cited a passage from The Four-Chambered Heart by Anaïs Nin in her editor's letter that embodied her philosophy for the issue: "'I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.' For this issue, I imagined, why would we swim in the shallow end of the pool when we could go to the deep end? A metaphor for life, as well as for this issue. Let's be braver. Let's go a bit deeper."

In Nov. 2020, Meghan wrote a heartbreaking essay for The New York Times in which she revealed she had had a miscarriage earlier that year. Titled "The Losses We Share," Meghan used the essay to put her own experience in the larger context of the COVID pandemic, encouraging anyone who lost someone and felt isolated during the traumatic year to reach out to others in order to heal.

She began the piece writing: "Perhaps the path to healing begins with three simple words: Are you OK?" The question was evocative of her interview with Tom Bradby for the 2019 ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. When the reporter asked the duchess how she was doing adjusting to life as a member of the Royal Family, she looked to be near tears as she told him: "Thank you for asking. Not many people have asked if I'm OK."

In the New York Times essay, Meghan poignantly recounted her routine of that terrible July morning when she miscarried. "Make breakfast. Feed the dogs. Take vitamins. Find that missing sock. Pick up the rogue crayon that rolled under the table," she wrote. But then, after changing her son's diaper, she felt a "sharp cramp." "I dropped to the floor with [Archie] in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right," she wrote. "I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second."

Meghan wrote of the need for banishing the "(unwarranted) shame" associated with pregnancy loss that perpetuates "a cycle of solitary mourning." She suggested that collective empathy and compassion is the solution. "We have learned that when people ask how any of us are doing, and when they really listen to the answer, with an open heart and mind, the load of grief often becomes lighter—for all of us," she wrote. "In being invited to share our pain, together we take the first steps toward healing."

This year, Meghan published The Bench, her first children's book, which was inspired by the bond between Harry and Archie. The duchess told NPR that she gave Harry a bench for his first Father's Day. "I just wanted something sentimental and a place for him to have as a bit of a home base with our son," she recalled to the outlet of the gift. Meghan also wrote a poem for her husband that she had made into a plaque for the back of the bench which reads: "This is your bench. Where life will begin/For you and our son/Our baby, our kin."

The book features charming illustrations by Caldecott Honor recipient Christian Robinson with several clearly inspired by Harry and Archie (even their dogs, Guy, a beagle, and Pula, a black Labrador retriever, make an appearance). It tells the story of how a bench became a place for celebration and comfort for the fathers and sons that populate its pages. "It's a love story," Meghan told NPR of the book. "It's really just about growing with someone and having this deep connection and this trust so that, be it good times or bad, you know that you had this person. I really hope that people can see this as a love story that transcends the story of my family."

Diane Clehane is a New York-based journalist and author of Imagining Diana and Diana: The Secrets of Her Style.

It just released details on an investigation.

Between COVID and crowds, you'll want to avoid these places.

Bar and liquor store owners are warning of shortages.

An expert has forecasted these exact dates.

"Discontinue use of the product," the company warns.

© 2020 Galvanized Media. All Rights Reserved. Bestlifeonline.com is part of the Meredith Health Group

A royal photographer says he didn't think Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's marriage would last 3 years

Insider 02 August, 2021 - 12:00am

Kent Gavin was the Daily Mirror's royal photographer for years, and he spent much of his career documenting Diana's life.

The two developed a friendship as he documented events like her wedding, Prince William's christening, and her royal tours, and he got an intimate view of how life as a royal affected her.

With that perspective in mind, Gavin said he did not think Harry and Markle's relationship could withstand the pressures of royal life when they shared the news of their engagement in 2017.

"When it was announced that Harry was going to marry Meghan, I said to my colleagues and a few people, 'I don't give that marriage three years,'" Gavin said.

He added that he didn't think someone who was used to the world of Hollywood would be able to deal with the monarchy, and Chloe Savage, Markle's wedding-dress maker, echoed that sentiment to Insider's Anneta Konstantinides in January. 

"I cannot see Hollywood, which is Meghan, a beautiful woman, a confident actress, putting up with the system, which even Diana couldn't cope with," Gavin said. 

Gavin's prediction proved incorrect, as Markle and Harry celebrated their third wedding anniversary in May. 

But in the couple's interview with Oprah Winfrey, Markle did say she was "naive" about what it meant to marry a royal before she and Harry said "I do."

"I didn't grow up knowing much about the royal family," Markle, who grew up in the US, said. "It wasn't something that was part of the conversation at home. It wasn't something we followed."

She said she did not understand that the royal life projected to the public would extend to the private moments of her life. For instance, Markle said she was surprised when Harry told her that she had to curtsy when she met the Queen at the Royal Lodge.

"I genuinely thought that was what happens outside," she told Winfrey. "I thought that was part of the fanfare. I didn't think that was what happens inside."

In the same interview, Markle told Winfrey that she discovered after she and Harry tied the knot that the royal family would not "protect" her from the British press, which consistently published racist and untrue reports about her.

"It was only once we were married, and everything started to really worsen, that I came to understand that not only was I not being protected but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family," Markle said. "They weren't willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband."

She said that lack of protection contributed to a deterioration in her mental health, sharing that she had suicidal thoughts while she was pregnant with her son Archie.

When she asked a senior member of the royal institution for help, Markle said they refused because of how it would make the royal family look.

So the actress' negative experience as a royal didn't lead to the downfall of her marriage.

Instead, it caused Harry and Markle to step back as senior members of the royal family and create a new life for themselves outside the pressures of the monarchy.

Our Royal Insider Facebook group is the best place for up-to-date news and announcements about the British royal family, direct from Insider's royal reporters. Join here.

A royal photographer says he didn't think Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's marriage would last 3 years

Yahoo Lifestyle 02 August, 2021 - 12:00am

Kent Gavin was the Daily Mirror's royal photographer for years, and he spent much of his career documenting Diana's life.

The two developed a friendship as he documented events like her wedding, Prince William's christening, and her royal tours, and he got an intimate view of how life as a royal affected her.

With that perspective in mind, Gavin said he did not think Harry and Markle's relationship could withstand the pressures of royal life when they shared the news of their engagement in 2017.

"When it was announced that Harry was going to marry Meghan, I said to my colleagues and a few people, 'I don't give that marriage three years,'" Gavin said.

He added that he didn't think someone who was used to the world of Hollywood would be able to deal with the monarchy, and Chloe Savage, Markle's wedding-dress maker, echoed that sentiment to Insider's Anneta Konstantinides in January. 

"I cannot see Hollywood, which is Meghan, a beautiful woman, a confident actress, putting up with the system, which even Diana couldn't cope with," Gavin said. 

Gavin's prediction proved incorrect, as Markle and Harry celebrated their third wedding anniversary in May. 

But in the couple's interview with Oprah Winfrey, Markle did say she was "naive" about what it meant to marry a royal before she and Harry said "I do."

"I didn't grow up knowing much about the royal family," Markle, who grew up in the US, said. "It wasn't something that was part of the conversation at home. It wasn't something we followed."

She said she did not understand that the royal life projected to the public would extend to the private moments of her life. For instance, Markle said she was surprised when Harry told her that she had to curtsy when she met the Queen at the Royal Lodge.

"I genuinely thought that was what happens outside," she told Winfrey. "I thought that was part of the fanfare. I didn't think that was what happens inside."

In the same interview, Markle told Winfrey that she discovered after she and Harry tied the knot that the royal family would not "protect" her from the British press, which consistently published racist and untrue reports about her.

"It was only once we were married, and everything started to really worsen, that I came to understand that not only was I not being protected but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family," Markle said. "They weren't willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband."

She said that lack of protection contributed to a deterioration in her mental health, sharing that she had suicidal thoughts while she was pregnant with her son Archie.

When she asked a senior member of the royal institution for help, Markle said they refused because of how it would make the royal family look.

So the actress' negative experience as a royal didn't lead to the downfall of her marriage.

Instead, it caused Harry and Markle to step back as senior members of the royal family and create a new life for themselves outside the pressures of the monarchy.

Our Royal Insider Facebook group is the best place for up-to-date news and announcements about the British royal family, direct from Insider's royal reporters. Join here.

Entertainment Stories