Meghan Markle celebrates 37th birthday with Prince Harry!
Meghan Markle is celebrating her 37th birthday which is her first birthday as a member of the Royal Family. This time there was no private party for her. She spent her birthday with her husband Prince Harry (33) at his close friend's wedding in the English countryside. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the wedding of Harry’s friend Charlie van Straubenzee to Daisy Jenks. That ceremony was held at the St. Mary the Virgin in Frensham church in London. Prince Harry and Van Straubenzee have known each other since childhood, he even served as an usher at Harry and Meghan's wedding in May.
Since the paparazzi were everywhere, the Royal couple had to look flawless. Harry chose a traditional tailcoat with sunglasses and Meghan opted for a navy Club Monaco shirtdress along with a multi-colored skirt. Philip Treacy hat and dainty Aquazzura bow pumps completed her stunning look. Unfortunately, she broke another protocol rule by showing some skin when her black, lace bra peeped out from the shirtdress...
Meghan Markle wore a Club Monaco dress on her birthday
The dress cost a modest $328 but her Linda Farrow sunglasses, made with real gold, cost $1,105! How can you not look glamorous in such pieces? Other guests included Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank. However, Prince William and wife Kate Middleton didn’t attend the ceremony. They were on a summer vacation with their children.
Meghan was clearly in a good mood, holding hands with her husband, smiling and chatting with other wedding guests before the ceremony. The newlyweds clearly enjoy their mutual life and they flourish! Not many people know about the special meaning of Meghan's date of birth and what it means to the Queen.
Meghan Markle shares the birthday date with the Queen Mother!
Meghan birthday is on the same day as the Queen's Mother. The Queen Mother was born on 4 August 1900. And this is another reason to celebrate as this fact seems so special! Maybe this is not a coincidence that Meghan entered the Royal Family.
Do you know what are Harry and Meghan’s nicknames for each other? And how is Harry called by his friends? Continue reading!
Meghan is older than Prince Harry
When talking about Meghan’s birthday, it is worth mentioning that she is actually three years older than her husband, Prince Harry! Well, if you didn’t read much about their relationship, you may not know this fact. Actually, Meghan looks very young and we would rather say she is younger than her handsome husband.
Meghan Markle as the Duchess of Sussex
Former American actress, who is now officially known as the Duchess of Sussex for marrying Prince Harry, has become the favorite figure of the media. It seems that her popularity overshadows the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Kate also had her own time of spotlight and now Meghan seems to have taken over.
Several media sources report that Meghan has also become a favorite of Queen Elisabeth who seems to be fond of her to the extent that she often ignores some faux pas that Meghan has been making. Who knows, maybe they will become best friends?
If you want to get to know more about Meghan and her latest birthday then continue reading!
Birthday of the Duchess of Sussex
This 37th birthday is significant for Meghan as she is celebrating it for the first time as the Duchess of Sussex and the member of the Royal Family. Last year, she spent this unique day with Prince Harry during a safari trip in Africa. This year it's different. After her birthday, we heard about a new revelation! Meghan won’t be allowed to keep all her birthday presents! How is this possible?
Meghan Markle can't keep her gifts
One of the royal traditions says that its members can’t host big posh parties. Instead of organizing lavish events, they should go for small family gatherings. Some gifts will need to be returned because gifts from businesses, other celebrities or companies are simply forbidden to accept. This is a strict rule of the Windsor house and its goal is to prevent exploitation for commercial gain.
She cannot accept samples and gifts from companies that don't cost too much to send back. Also, she needs to send back presents from fans since there are concerns about the fans' motive. Meghan cannot take money as well. If she can't send it back, it needs to be donated to a charity. Another forbidden gift is books given by author with controversial subjects.
This time during Harry and Meghan’s wedding, the couple had to return £7million worth of presents! There was an official statement provided, to explain the situation: "Gifts offered by private individuals living in the UK not personally known to the Member of the Royal Family should be refused where there are concerns about the propriety or motives of the donor or the gift itself."
Luckily, she can still count on amazing presents from her Royal family. Last year, Prince Harry allegedly got the Duchess a painting he chose from a Kensington gallery. Also, it is rumored that they went for a trip to Botswana. Meghan confessed that in the past her mother had told her to treat the birthday like "your own personal New Year".
PETA handbag for Meghan
This year, the Duchess of Sussex has even received an expensive, marvelous £290 handbag designed by Alexandra K, a Polish fashion designer, from American animal rights organization PETA. Unfortunately, Meghan is likely to return even this particular item along with other forbidden gifts because of the strict rules that the Royal family follows.
What a pity! The bag is unique, it's even made of a special high-quality vegan material. PETA director Elisa Allen admitted: "PETA hopes the gift will encourage the royal family and its fans alike to embrace compassionate brands like Alexandra K and to steer clear of cruelly obtained animal skins." Who wouldn't like to receive something like this on her birthday?
Meghan Markle receives first birthday present as a Royal and it is VEGAN ??— Ⓥ Aʟʟ Aɴɪᴍᴀʟ Rɪɢʜᴛꜱ ?☠️ (@allanimalrights) 2 sierpnia 2018
Animal rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has sent Meghan a vegan leather handbag by sustainable brand Alexandra K.https://t.co/boUNRzaEne@peta#vegan#veganismpic.twitter.com/CaL6IpWEog
Under what circumstances can Meghan Markle keep the gifts?
So what can she actually keep? According to royal guidelines: "Members of The Royal Family may accept gifts from government bodies, trade associations, guilds, civic bodies, the armed services, charities or similar organisations in the UK, especially those with which the Member of The Royal Family has an established connection, in the course of official engagements or to mark special personal occasions."
Whee! It's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex's 37th Birthday today! Prince Harry's very own, daughter in-law of Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales and a granddaughter in-law of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. pic.twitter.com/v8fIbYOPpT— Malam MB (@Malam_MB) 3 sierpnia 2018
Do Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton get along?
You are probably curious what Meghan Markle gave Kate Middleton on the first birthday after she was introduced to the Royal family (Kate turned 35 around that time). Well, as you can imagine, it’s not easy to find an appropriate present for royals. After all, they have simply everything. Also, you need to be tactful and not break any official rules as obviously everything is going to appear in media.
Photo from @britainsmonarchy - Kate often chooses a more feminine look whereas Meghan prefers an understated style - remember their wedding dresses? Once you understand your #stylepersonality choosing is so much easier!#hants#southampton#isleofwight#personalstylist#yellowpic.twitter.com/njdTEsCHXL— Helen Turnpenny Style Potential (@stylepotential) 8 sierpnia 2018
Meghan didn’t turn up empty-handed, she gave Kate a very thoughtful present! As the Royal family friend says "Meg had bought Kate a small birthday present – a very smart leather-bound ‘dream diary’ for her thoughts and ideas which Kate loved."
Diaries and journals are really popular as gifts and it’s something very personal and unique that always has a meaning.
Are Meghan and Kate friends? Meghan once said that the Duchess of Cambridge was "absolutely amazing" when she welcomed her into the family. During the Christmas holidays last year, Harry and Meghan were even invited to visit William and Kate at their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk. The two women were seen out in public with their husbands several times.
Cute nicknames in the Royal family
Royal family members certainly don't call each other by their formal titles... Harry calls his wife Meg. But Prince Charles allegedly calls his daughter-in-law "Tungsten"... Which is, as you may know, one of the strongest metals on earth... The Duchess calls her husband "Haz". Prince Harry's friends reportedly call him "Spike" or Potter, as in Harry Potter...