How Meghan Markle celebrated her 41st birthday away from the royal family

Meghan Markle reportedly had an intimate celebration for her 41st birthday at her Montecito mansion in Santa Barbara, California.

The Duchess of Sussex celebrated another milestone on August 4. A spokesperson for the Royal Family told US Weekly: “The Duchess is enjoying a beautiful birthday this year with family and dear friends.” Details are scarce but it is likely she spent her birthday with husband Prince Harry, their two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, and mother Doria Ragland.

The couple don’t have a social media account where they can share details about their lives, so it’s unclear how they spent his birthday. Anyway, the members of the British royal family did not forget to greet the duchess. Amid reports of a feud, Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with Prince Charles and Camilla sent their greetings through their respective Twitter accounts.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, via the Clarence House page, shared the greeting “Happy birthday to the Duchess of Sussex! and a balloon emoji”. A photo of the Duchess taken during her appearance at the Thanksgiving service during the Platinum Jubilee accompanied the message.

Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote: “Wishing the Duchess of Sussex a happy birthday!” They also shared a similar photo of the royal taken during the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

It’s the third time the former ‘Suits’ star has spent her birthday in the US after she and the Duke of Sussex stepped down from royal duties in January 2020. For her 40th birthday, she launched her initiative 40×40, in which she urged 40 of her friends to volunteer 40 minutes of their time to motivate or encourage women hoping to re-enter the workforce amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meghan Markle even released a video to promote her campaign featuring actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy. It’s unclear what she has planned for her 41st birthday, but so far there has been radio silence. The Archewell Foundation website also has no new posts, the latest being April 13, 2022.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3. Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage
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