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Meghan Markle latest news – Harry ‘buys ludicrously expensive birthday cake for Duchess’ lavish, A-list heavy 40th’

Prince Harry has pulled out all the stops and ordered a bespoke birthday cake for Meghan Markle's 40th.

The posh bakery can charge anywhere from £160 plus for cakes, with their spciality being ‘naked’ cakes where some of the cake's layers are visible underneath the icing.

Before the showstopper will make its appearance, it's reported that guests will enjoy "grazing tables" with locally sourced foods and wines.

The guest list for her birthday has yet to be fully revealed, but it is expected that her mum Doria and close pal Oprah will be there.

In an explosive interview earlier this year, the Duchesses dad criticized the couple's "bad behavior" and the effect it has had on raising their son Archie and newborn girl Lilibet.

The former Hollywood lighting director has yet to meet his two grandkids.

Read our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the very latest updates...

  • WILL MEGHAN'S DAD BE AT THE BIRTHDAY BASH?

    The guest list for her birthday has yet to be fully revealed, but it is expected that her mum Doria and close pal Oprah will be there.

    In an explosive interview earlier this year, the Duchesses dad criticized the couple's "bad behavior" and the effect it has had on raising their son Archie and newborn girl Lilibet.

    The former Hollywood lighting director has yet to meet his two grandkids.

  • LET THEM HAVE THEIR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO

    Prince Harry has pulled out all the stops and ordered a bespoke birthday cake for Meghan Markle's 40th.

    The posh bakery can charge anywhere from £160 plus for cakes, with their spciality being ‘naked’ cakes where some of the cake's layers are visible underneath the icing.

    Before the showstopper will make its appearance, it's reported that guests will enjoy "grazing tables" with locally sourced foods and wines.

    Read more here.

  • PLAIN JANE… OOPS WE MEAN HARRY

    Prince Charles’ aim to have “slimmed-down” monarchy with fewer working royals when king could cause public outcry.

    While much of what he wants to do remains speculation, if it were to become reality, he will have the power to make his son “plain Henry.”

    His decision to do this would be detrimental to the firm as: “The formal removal of the HRH from Diana… after her divorce, was seen as a petty, spiteful act and not one that would actively be sought to be repeated.”

  • WILL IT BE ANOTHER "PR DISASTER"?

    Meghan was faced with a "PR disaster" over her £300,000 baby shower for Archie.

    She came under fire after a string of incidents; from flying on a private jet to staying in the most expensive suite in New York. This saw her be criticized for acting more like a glamorous superstar.

    All eyes are now on her and what the Duchess has planned for her 40th birthday on Wednesday.

    Time will only tell if it's a success...

  • MEGHAN MARKLE AND KATE MIDDLETON’S FEUD MOCKED IN CHEEKY NEW CLIP FROM THE PRINCE

    Meghan and Kate's apparent feud has been mocked in a cheeky new clip from The Prince.

    The sister-in-law's relationship features in the latest work from the creator of Family Guy.

    The controversial 12-part HBO Max series holds nothing back as it shows the ins and outs of the British royal family.

    The new series was originally set to air in May but was postponed following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

    Read more here.

  • QUEEN'S BROOCH COLLECTION REPORTEDLY 'WORTH £90M'

    According to diamond experts, The Queen's brooch collection is worth at least £90m.

    While many of the prized jewels have been passed down to her through generations, others have been gifts.

    The diamond topping the leaderboard is her Cullinan diamond, estimated at around £50 million.

  • PARTY INVITES (CONTINUED...)

    At the top of the guest list, celebrity pals Serena Williams and Amal Clooney will be seen making a grand entrance.

    They attended her baby shower for Archie previously, which was a great success.

    For her 40th, Meghan wants a "low-key" affair, with "about 65 people are invited, her closest friends and family."

    Coronavirus restrictions on gatherings have recently been lifted in California, which means the couple will not break any rules by having friends and family over for the birthday party.

  • MEGHAN MARKLE HIRES KIM KARDASHIAN PARTY PLANNER

    Meghan Markle has hired Kim Kardashian's party planner for her “low key” 40th birthday celebrations, with Oprah and the Clooneys on her guest list, reports claim. 

    She wants an intimate celebration at her and Prince Harry’s mansion in Santa Barbara, California. 

    Read more here.

  • THE ROYAL RIFT (CONTINUED...)

    It was widely reported that Meghan Markle made Kate Middleton cry at a fraught bridesmaid dress fitting ahead of the wedding.

    But Meghan hit back at those allegations, claiming instead that Kate made her cry.

    There have subsequently been claims that Kate went to apologise and Meg threw flowers in the bin.

    William was said to be particularly upset about Meghan's claims.

  • THE WAYS THE DUCHESS HAS UPSET THE ROYAL FAMILY

    As Meghan prepares to celebrate her landmark 40th this week, we take a look back at how her arrival into the family caused a rift.

    Tensions reportedly took hold early on,

    with Prince Harry apparently taking umbrage when his older brother raised concerns about the speed of his new relationship.

    And it's claimed the rift only deepened when William learned of allegations that Meghan had bullied Palace staff.

    Here are 40 times the headstrong Duchess has clashed with her in-laws.

  • WHEN DID JACK BROOKSBANK AND PRINCESS EUGENIE ANNOUNCE THEIR ENGAGEMENT?

    In a statement on January 22, 2018, Buckingham Palace announced the pair were engaged to be married in the autumn of 2018.

    The couple got engaged while on holiday in Nicaragua earlier in January.

    Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr Jack Brooksbank.

    "Her Royal Highness and Mr Brooksbank became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month.

    "The wedding will take place in the autumn of 2018 at St George's Chapel in Windsor, with further details to be announced in due course."

  • WATCH: ROYAL EXPERT SAYS PRINCE HARRY'S MEMOIR IS 'STRANGE WAY TO GET LESS PUBLICITY'

    Royal expert says Prince Harry's memoir is 'strange way to get less publicity'
  • KEEPING IT LOW KEY

    Her Majesty is currently on holiday at her estate in Balmoral, Scotland, where she’s keeping a low-profile; enjoying picnics and walking her dogs.

    The monarch usually spends her summers at the Scottish retreat, arriving there in August. She sometimes extends her stay until October.

    It was a special place as is where she and Prince Philip spent part of their honeymoon in 1947. This year is her first summer visit to Balmoral without her beloved husband, who died in April this year. 

  • MEGHAN MARKLE ‘UPSET’ (CONTINUED...)

    After the bombshell interview with Oprah, she said that Meghan had "been given advice, that it would be best if she could be 50 per cent less than she was. 

    “That was the quote, if she could be 50 per cent less."

    Meghan and Prince Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah was broadcast in March this year. 

  • MEGHAN MARKLE ‘UPSET’ THE ROYAL FAMILY BECAUSE SHE WAS ‘CLEVERER THAN THEM’

    A royal biographer claims he was told that Meghan Markle “upset” the Royal Family and courtiers by being “cleverer than them.”

    Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey previously claimed that Meghan was "advised to be half herself" shortly after joining the Royal Family.

    Read more here.

  • MEGHAN MARKLE HAS 'GUTS AND SELF-BELIEF' TO BE US PRESIDENT

    A biographer has claimed that Meghan has the "guts and self-belief" to be President of the US and could run for the job within the next ten years.

    The Duchess appears to have her eyes firmly set on scaling the political hierarchy, standing 'in the global spotlight as one of the world’s superstars'.

    Her dreams may become reality. Tom Bower points out that becoming 'President Markle' is a realistic task, especially as California has a tradition of electing Hollywood actors to political office.

  • PRINCE CHARLES ‘READY TO BE KING’

    Prince Charles is in quite an “uncomfortable” and “frustrating” position as he feels he has been ready to take on the position of king for around 20 years now.

    With the Queen still going strong at 95, Charles is set to inherit the throne at old age, as an expert says: “It may not happen for quite a few years to come.”

    And, if he does become king then “he’s not going to have a very long shot before he passes on and it goes to William.”

    The Queen is set to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in 2022, being the first British Monarch

    to do so. 

  • WHO IS CHANEL PYSINK?

    The new top exec has previously worked as Director of International Content for Disney+.

    She has now been hired to work with Meghan and Harry to oversee their multi-million dollar shows on Netflix.

    Her LinkedIn page boasts her as, "an experienced non-fiction content executive with a proven track record of building creative strategies within global media corporations."

    She has worked for top streaming, news, and broadcast networks targeting US and international audiences around the globe."

  • PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN HIRE DISNEY EXEC TO OVERSEE THEIR NETFLIX SHOWS

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have hired a former Disney+ executive to oversee their multi-million dollar shows on Netflix.

    Chanel Pysnik has got an extensive background, previously working on a project with David Beckham.

    It is planned that she will oversee nonfiction series and documentary film productions.

    Read more.

  • PRINCE CHARLES’ ‘SLIMMED DOWN’ MONARCHY

    The Queen has always seen Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as much-loved members of her family, despite the royal dramas that have ensued recently.

    However, in a shock 360, The Express claims that Charles could choose to do what his mother will not, and strip them of their titles.

    This would mean that Harry and Meghan would individually lose their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles and HRH titles.

    Nothing is set in stone yet, so we shall wait to see what happens when Charles is king.

  • QUEEN ‘TERRIFIED’ PRINCE HARRY COULD TARGET CAMILLA

    Prince Harry’s bombshell memoir move could inflict major chaos upon the Royal Family. High profile members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles and Prince William have been warned to prepare for attacks.

    According to the Daily Mail, the Queen is most worried about the Duchess of Cornwall, as he “has never been close to” her.

    While Prince Harry’s book is currently untitled, it is due to be released toward the end of this year.

  • CLUELESS AMERICAN TOURIST DIDN’T RECOGNISE THE QUEEN

    A royal aide has recalled an amusing incident of how a group of clueless American tourists didn't recognise the Queen - and even asked her if she had met herself.

    As she was walking on her estate in Balmoral, Scotland, the US tourists failed to recognise her.

    The tourists comedically asked if she lived in the area and she replied that she had a house nearby.

    Read more here.

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