Meghan Markle's 38th Birthday Plans Are Not What We Expect from a Royal

Birthdays are a special occasion for everyone, but how do you celebrate when you’re a new mom and also a member of the royal family? Meghan Markle’s 38th birthday plans include Prince Harry and Archie, and it sounds mellow and fabulous. According to a source for HollywoodLife, the Duchess of Sussex is so focused on her 2-month-old son that she really isn’t focused on her upcoming birthday. (Markle turns 38 on August 4.)  “Meghan’s world is pretty much just Archie. She’s so in love with being a mom, her mind’s on her baby boy, not her birthday,” the source said.

The source went on to explain that Markle, when she’s not constantly texting with Kate Middleton, will likely have a small gathering with friends and family, rather than the big blowout one would expect from a royal. “She prefers to use her day more introspectively. She’d much rather have a low-key dinner with her loved ones over a big blowout party,” the source said. If there’s a kids table at Markle’s birthday part, there’s no doubt that the bash will likely include Archie’s cousins, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis.

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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended #TheLionKing European premiere in London at the Odeon Theatre. In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced #ProtectThePride, a global conservation campaign to support efforts protecting the rapidly diminishing lion population across Africa. As a part of their commitment to this cause, Disney also made a donation to The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming environment & community initiative which will be formally announced this autumn. The Duke and Duchess are committed to advancing conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, and working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. This evening Their Royal Highnesses had the pleasure of meeting the cast and creative team behind the film, as well as supporters of @africanparksnetwork, of which The Duke is President. Photo credit: PA images / Getty images – Chris Jackson

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Unlike Queen Elizabeth II, whose Trooping the Colour each year is like her version of a birthday party, it’s unlikely Markle will do anything similar. “The rest of the family doesn’t traditionally have any sort of pageantry or public celebration, so there’s certainly nothing like that in the works for Meghan,” the source said.

And when it comes to presents, Markle doesn’t have much of a wish list. The source went on to say, “Harry is always very thoughtful so I’m sure he has some special things planned for her, but there’s nothing Meghan’s asked for. She’s very clear that she’s already got the best gift she could ever get – her little dream baby Archie.”

The couple has received near rampant criticism this year, from the way they celebrated Prince George’s birthday to what Meghan wore to Wimbledon, so it’s not surprising they’d prefer to spend her birthday quietly — similar to Archie’s recent private christening. We’re sure they’ll get flack for this too (like everything they do, le sigh), but it’s Meghan’s birthday, and she should be allowed to celebrate it how she wants!

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