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Meghan Markle latest news – Lavish 40th birthday party at £11 million mansion ‘sees Duchess hire Oprah’s party planner’

MEGHAN Markle is hiring Oprah Winfrey's party planner for her lavish 40th birthday bash for 65 guests, a report says.

The Duchess of Sussex has reportedly tasked Colin Cowie with planning the milestone birthday at her and Harry's £11million mansion in Santa Barbara, California.

Cowie is known for his extravagant work and has organised bashes for big-name celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise and Kim Kardashian.

Harry has reportedly ordered a cake from local baker Posies & Sugar with guests set to enjoy "grazing tables" with locally sourced foods and wines.

A source said: "Megan wants a small gathering. About 65 people are invited, her closest friends and family. Colin was recommended to her by Oprah who always puts on fabulous parties."

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

  • MEGHAN MARKLE ‘HUMILIATED HER CRITICS & HUMBLED ROYAL FAMILY – HER NEXT STEP IS TO CONQUER THE WORLD’, SAYS BIOGRAPHER

    MEGHAN Markle “humiliated her critics and humbled the Royal Family”, according to a biographer.

    Tom Bower believes Meghan’s next step is to “conquer the world” ahead of her 40th birthday on Wednesday.

    He wrote in a column for The Sun: “She has humiliated her critics and humbled the Royal Family.

    “Her next steps are to conquer America, then the world.

    “Critics carp that Meghan’s megalomania has no limits. Her admirers retort that she is purposely fulfilling the American Dream.”

  • MEGHAN ‘RIGHTLY FEELS SHE IS AT THE HEIGHT OF HER POWERS’

    Tom Bower told The Sun: “Unlike many women who fear toppling over the cliff edge at 40, Meghan stands in the global spotlight as one of the world’s superstars, convinced her destiny will soar towards greater fame and fortune.

    “Within just 18 months of snubbing the Queen and abandoning Britain, Meghan and Prince Harry are ­enjoying an enviable lifestyle in their £11 million, nine-bedroom, 16-bathroom palace north of Los Angeles.

    “Financed by multimillion-dollar contracts with Netflix, Spotify and a four-book publishing deal, she is sitting in the sunshine beside a huge swimming pool in a five-acre, ­manicured garden, plotting how to realise her breathtaking ambitions.

    “At 40, Meghan rightly feels that she is at the height of her powers, the master navigator of her own ­narrative, and Prince Harry’s fate.

    “At her milestone age, the Duchess of Sussex can congratulate herself on defying all the odds.”

  • HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITY PLANNER ORGANISING BIRTHDAY BASH FOR MEGHAN MARKLE

    The Duchess of Sussex has reportedly tasked Colin Cowie with planning the milestone birthday at her and Harry’s £11million mansion in Santa Barbara, California.

    Cowie is known for his extravagant and was one quoted saying that “the equation for the gold standard of service isn’t 1+1=2. It’s 1+1=3. What can you do to stay ahead of the curve?”

    He’s organised bashes for big-name celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise and Kim Kardashian.

    Harry has reportedly ordered a cake from local baker Posies & Sugar and the party is supposedly going to be low-key, according to the Mirror. Guests on the day will enjoy “grazing tables” with locally sourced foods and wines.

    A source said: “Megan wants a small gathering. About 65 people are invited, her closest friends and family. Colin was recommended to her by Oprah who always puts on fabulous parties.”

  • WHEN DID HE 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.”

  • MEGHAN ‘HUMILIATED HER CRITICS’

    Meghan Markle “humiliated her critics and humbled the Royal Family”, according to a biographer.

    Tom Bower believes Meghan’s next step is to “conquer the world” ahead of her 40th birthday on Wednesday.

    He wrote in a column for The Sun: “She has humiliated her critics and humbled the Royal Family.

    “Her next steps are to conquer America, then the world.”

  • PRINCE HARRY MOCKED IN NEW HBO SHOW THE PRINCE

    Prince Harry is ripped to shreds in a hilarious first look at adult cartoon The Prince.

    Created by Family Guy writer Gary Janetti, a teaser clip of the HBO show sees the Royal looking around Hollywood apartments with his wife Meghan, voiced by Condola Rashad.

    Making fun of the lifestyle Harry left behind in the UK, Harry tells Meghan: “This might be the smallest palace I’ve ever been in.”

    “Well, it’s an apartment,” replies Meghan.

    To which Harry says: “Yes, an apartment palace, I know that.

    “Lots of tiny palaces inside one big palace.”

  • THE PRINCE

    Harry and Meghan are also part of HBO’s new show The Prince.

    Meghan is portrayed in the show as a gold-digger while Harry is depicted as stupid.

    One episode revolves around him popping out to a supermarket to get milk in LA.

    He says to wife Meghan: “The most incredible thing happened.

    “I found this place — you’re not going to believe it. Stacks and stacks of food as far as your eye could see and people just roaming the corridors taking it.”

  • SARAH FERGUSON DEFENDED HARRY AND MEGHAN

    Sarah Ferguson has defended Meghan Markle and Prince Harry saying “there should be no judgement of race”.

    The Duchess of York, who is the ex-wife of Prince Andrew jumped to their defence, saying: “There should be no judgement on race, creed, color or any other denomination.

    “I wish Harry and Meghan so much happiness.

    “I know Diana would be so proud of her sons and their wives.”

  • CONTINUED

    A royal insider said: “Harry and Meghan’s former staff members are convinced that this book is being written to settle scores and will likely include a lot of detail about their time within the Royal Family.

    “Based on the Oprah Winfrey interview, some of these ex-workers simply do not trust that a full and accurate picture will be presented.

    “Conversations have already started about what steps they might be able to take to protect their own reputation and that of the monarchy post-publication.”

  • LOUIS PORTRAYED AS THUG AND QUEEN AS MAFIA BOSS IN NEW HBO ANIMATED SERIES

    In the show, Prince Louis is portrayed as a thug who smashes a cup of tea on the floor.

    In another scene, Prince George turns to a royal aide and asks: “Excuse me, do you have any tea that doesn’t taste of p***?”

    The cartoon Queen, shown as a mafia-style boss who reads The Sun, shoots dead an aide who startles her. An admiring George then says: “She’s such a bad b*tch.”

    It also jokes about Prince Philip, who died in April aged 99, being near death, and shows him struggling to breathe.

    Prince Harry is also in the show — voiced by Orlando Bloom, his real-life neighbour in Montecito, California — and depicted as stupid. One episode revolves around him popping out to a supermarket to get milk in LA.

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  • 8 WAYS MEGHAN MARKLE COULD CELEBRATE HER 40TH BIRTHDAY NEXT WEEK

    There is a landmark royal birthday on the cards, as Meghan Markle celebrates turning 40 next week.

    But exactly how will the Duchess of Sussex choose to mark the milestone on August 4th?

    Her New York baby shower, ahead of giving birth to two-year-old son Archie in 2019, suggests that the mum-of-two is a fan of marking special occasions in a significant way.

    Then again, she was spotted spending her 37th birthday, shortly after her 2018 wedding, at the marriage of Prince Harry’s friend Charlie van Straubenzee to Daisy Jenks.

    While the details of how the duchess will choose to welcome in her 40s are being kept under wraps, here’s how we think the royal birthday girl might spend her special day…

    Read the full story here.

  • WATCH: OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR ANIMATED COMEDY THE PRINCE ON HBO MAX

    Official trailer for animated comedy The Prince on HBO Max
  • ‘EXPERIENCES, ADVENTURES, LOSSES AND LIFE LESSONS’

    Royal courtiers are reportedly braced for a string of bombshell allegations in the Duke of Sussex’s book, which is due to be published next year.

    Harry will recount “experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons” he had as a royal.

    But a small band of staffers who worked for the Duke and Duchess are now said to be concerned that the book could paint a false picture of the couple’s life in the Palace.

  • ‘HEART OF INVICTUS’

    At Archewell, she is likely to play a key role in the production of ‘Heart of Invictus’ – the first series announced by Harry and Meghan.

    On the website, it is described as “a multi-episode production that will spotlight a group of extraordinary Invictus Games competitors from around the globe on their road to Invictus Games The Hague 2020.”

    The event is set to take place next year after being rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • ROYAL AIDES COULD LAUNCH LEGAL ACTION AGAINST MEGHAN AND HARRY

    Royal aides could launch legal action against Meghan Markle and Prince Harry if the Duke’s forthcoming memoir is inaccurate, a source has claimed.

    Last week Harry announced he would be releasing a memoir next year – as Her Majesty celebrates 70 years of service – in which he will recount “experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons”.

    A small band of staffers who worked for the Duke and Duchess are now said to be concerned that the book could promote a false narrative of how they were treated while living in the UK, reports Mail Online.

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