Meghan Markle has hired Oprah Winfrey’s party planner for her 40th celebrations this week, according to a source.

Colin Cowie was reportedly recommended by the TV host after her explosive interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The celebrity event planner has put on parties for the likes of Tom Cruise and Kim Kardashian, but Meghan’s 40th on Wednesday is set to be a low-key affair.

‘Meghan wants a small gathering. About 65 people are invited, her closest friends and family,’ a source told The Mirror. 

‘Colin was recommended to her by Oprah who always puts on fabulous parties.’

The party will reportedly be held in the grounds of Meghan’s California mansion, in line with Covid rules after the state eased most of its lockdown restrictions seven weeks ago.

It’s believed Prince Harry has ordered a cake from Posies & Sugar, a bakery in nearby Santa Barbara that creates custom treats for weddings and big celebrations.

Lucky guests will reportedly dine out on ‘grazing tables’ made up of locally sourced food and wine.

The dialled down affair should be a marked contrast to Meghan’s lavish baby shower in 2019.

Meghan reportedly celebrated the impending arrival of her first child Archie at New York’s five-star Mark Hotel, where some rooms cost as much as £57,000 per night.

Colin Cowie was Vogue’s No.1 wedding planner and caterer in 2018, and he regularly shares his expert hospitality advice on Instagram.

In a recent post, he wrote: ‘The equation for the gold standard of service isn’t 1+1=2. It’s 1+1=3.

‘What can you do or offer to stay ahead of the curve?

‘What can you do to make your product and customer service better than anyone else’s? I ask myself those questions every day.’

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