Is Duchess Meghan throwing herself a 40th birthday party in Montecito?

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We’re talking about birthdays so much right now because it’s August and therefore Leo Season, and so many politicians and celebrities are Leos. It’s basically a prerequisite for the Leo sign: you’ve gotta love attention, you’re all about being popular. In addition to Jason Momoa, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Roger Federer’s Leo asses, the Duchess of Sussex is also celebrating a birthday during Leo SZN. It’s a big one too: the big 4-0. So how will Meghan celebrate her 40th b-day? Will she take a tour of her Eleventy Thousand Bathrooms in her Montecito Palace? Will she drop a photo of baby Lilibet? Will she hire Oprah’s party planner and host a little birthday gathering? No one knows!

Meghan Markle has hired Oprah Winfrey’s party planner for her low-key birthday party when she turns 40 on Wednesday, a source has claimed. The Duchess of Sussex, 39, has reportedly enlisted top celebrity wedding and event planner, Colin Cowie, to organise her birthday celebration at the £11million mansion she shares with husband Harry in Santa Barbara, California. The party planner was recommended to mother-of-two by the TV host who is a friend of the couple after their ground-breaking interview earlier this year.

‘Meghan wants a small gathering. About 65 people are invited, her closest friends and family,’ a source said, speaking to The Mirror. ‘Colin was recommended to her by Oprah who always puts on fabulous parties.’

Prince Harry has reportedly ordered a cake for his wife from a local bakery, Posies & Sugar, which creates cakes in a simple semi-naked icing look and decorated with flowers. Meghan’s guests will reportedly be treated to ‘grazing tables’ at the party, complete with locally sourced foods and wines, to celebrate her milestone birthday this week.

The party will be held in line with Covid rules as California has eased its restrictions. Meghan’s birthday bash is expected to be a low-key event compared to her extravagant $500,000 baby shower in New York before Archie’s arrival in 2019.

[From The Daily Mail]

They just had to take a jab in there about the fakakta baby shower! They also managed to print the price of Montecito mansion and yet completely avoided saying how many bathrooms M&H have! How many again, I’ve forgotten? Twenty? Thirty? Anyway, I suspect this is complete bullsh-t, just making up a story because of the connection with Oprah and that’s it. Meghan just gave birth two months ago, I doubt she’s in the mood to host an elegant birthday party. But maybe, who knows. Perhaps it’s like a birthday party/come and see the baby party. I just doubt that 65 people are going to Sussexham Palace.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    Maybe there’s a party planned, maybe there isn’t. With a 2 month old at home (let alone Archie) my guess is the Sussexes are still being pretty careful.

    But what we DO know is that if she is throwing herself a party, or if Oprah is throwing one for her, or her mother is – the Mail doesnt know a damn thing about it. This really sounds like they got the name of Oprah’s go-to planner and a local bakery and that’s the basis for this story.

    • Snuffles says:

      Same. I’m projecting here but I just can’t imagine being in a big party mood with a 2 month infant, a toddler and a pandemic surge.

      • Cate says:

        Me either. Honestly the only way I can see this maybe being true is if she’s doing some sort of fundraiser for one of her charities her birthday and a “party” is part of it? And even that sounds like a stretch. My guess is her real party is getting a fancy cake and having Doria over.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      This is nothing but made up hater fan fiction BS.

    • MMadison says:

      Clearly they have NO ACCESS. IMO this is why we got the Jack story. Eugenie is being pressed to give info on Harry and maybe she’s refusing (speculation big time)

      • Oh_Hey says:

        I’d actually believe that – Eugenie is the only royal beside the queen Harry seems to like and she’s coincidentally the one with a mess on her hands the week Meghan turns 40?

        They wanted deets, she said no, they waited for her or Jack to do something dumb looking and here we are.

      • MMadison says:

        @Oh-Hey: to continue down the path of speculation I believe all of the attacks on Eugenie has to do with photo of Lili. The British media wants that photo bad!

  2. Klu says:

    What’s weird is Meghan hasn’t even said much for the last year except for the interview. She clearly isn’t starving for attention and with a 2 month old baby, I highly doubt a party is on her list. I just hope she has a nice day with some of the best wine money can buy.

    • DuchessL says:

      I think that being unfortunately what they said “the most hated woman on the planet”, the one they accused of controlling Harry and having him wrapped around her finger, pulling him out of family and country etc she had to remain low key after the interview because anything she would have said would have been taken as pouting gas on the fire. She let Harry shine and he is shining so bright. He will be his own person following this and they will both come out stronger. I hope to see what they’re up to soon.

    • molly says:

      But… but, I was told she’s ME-GAIN! I was told she demands the spotlight and steals it from any and everyone around her!

  3. lanne says:

    That 500000 price of the shower including the price of clooneys plane service that she didn’t pay for. And the full price of the hotel suite that Serena paid for. They decorated flowers and ate cookies dammit.

    • Chelsea says:

      Yeah this always gets me. They put that huge price tag on it as if the actual party itself had entertainers and everything dipped in gold when they were literally making flowers that Meghan ended up donating to local hospices and charities. Like yes the travel and accommodations were expensive but that was paid by her friends who were trying to whisk her away privately in a way that would get around being detected which worked for the first few days she was there until her whereabouts got leaked.

      And given that we now know how bad things were for her at the time it makes even more sense why her friends were willing to go to such lengths to get her out of the country where they could spoil her.

    • booboocita says:

      Didn’t Serena Williams pay for much of that shower? OMG, a Black woman paid big bucks for a luxury baby shower for another Black woman? Clutch the pearls — don’t they know Black women aren’t allowed to have nice things?

      • Becks1 says:

        I always thought that was a HUGE part of the issue with the shower – well I thought it was two big issues. The first being the idea that Meghan had wealthy friends who wanted to celebrate her (and who weren’t just wealthy bc of who they married for the most part) and the second was because Serena in particular was the one who paid for the suite, maybe she was the actual hostess, IDK – so not just a wealthy friend, but a wealthy Black friend.

  4. Mac says:

    The Daily Mail has absolutely zero clue about what Meghan is doing. Total fan fiction.

  5. Haylie says:

    All these birthday party stories this month are nothing more than white resentment lightning rods. Black and biracial people aren’t supposed to have nice things and these stories get the Karens hopping mad. See that Obama birthday post yesterday.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Exactly this. As I was thinking after the Obama kerfuffle as well….even IF they were having a gathering, so many people are having weddings right now with larger numbers of people in attendance, WITH the appropriate precautions and who knows, they might even have a rule that vaccinated/recently tested people only are invited (at least that would be the smart thing to do). I would wager that if they (Obamas and/or Sussexes) WERE having a party they would follow any and all precautions necessary, and H+M certainly wouldn’t do anything to put their unvaccinated children in danger. I would bet my last dollar that these same people that are bitching and moaning about this are going out unmasked and partying it up/breathing all over people.

    • Green Desert says:

      TRUTH, Haylie.

  6. Bettyrose says:

    Not happening. An outdoor party with a few vaccinated & recently tested friends is fine but exposing Archie and Lily to unmasked revelries while the Delta variant ravages California? I doubt it.

  7. fluffy_bunny says:

    I doubt Meg is having a big party during a pandemic wave when her kids can’t be vaccinated yet. I’m sure Harry will give her an IOU for a party once the pandemic is under control. My son’s birthday is also tomorrow. No big plans. I did order a cake from the Cake Boss bakery and my husband had a fit.

  8. (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

    Most of CA, esp. So. Cal, is still coded in the highest transmission zone for Covid spread. I wouldn’t think they’d chance having a lot of people over, even outside, as we know that vaccinated people can STILL HAVE AND SPREAD Delta, asymptomatically, not with two very small kids at home.

    I wouldn’t doubt she’d have her mom, and maybe a few of her best friends join them to celebrate. This is just more anger-mongering with an RR “source” to stir the racist, jealous shit.

  9. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Holy hell!!!! I’m a Leo (shameless shout out here!), gonna be 64 on the 10th and while I knew President Obama is in the club, I had NO idea about Duchess Meghan! (As far as affleck/lopez …meh)
    Maybe her and President Obama can hook up the shindigs. Can you just IMAGINE the hysterical teeth gnashing and wailing from salty isle???? Not to mention the nuclear melt down over here?
    (It won’t happen of course but wouldn’t it be fun to watch?)
    Anyway Happy Birthday 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂 to all us Leo’s

    • betsyh says:

      Happy birthday MelinsMom! My mom was born on August 4 like Meghan and Obama. She too was truly dedicated to public service. I was born on September 15 like Prince Harry. Sometimes I wonder if my fascination with this couple is astrologically determined. :-)

      • Malificent says:

        My great-aunt was also born on August 4, and she was the most kind-hearted, selfless person I have ever known.

        On the other hand, I also have an ex who was born on August 4, and he was NOT the most kind-hearted person. But he’s a distant cloud of dust on my trail. And my son is named after my aunt, so she’s in my heart every time I say his name.

      • notasugarhere says:

        August 4th was also the Queen Mum’s birthday.

    • Cessily says:

      Leo also.. 16th.
      I hope she does have a celebration, I have no doubt it will be a cautious one and planned accordingly to keep their family and guests as safe as possible.
      Everyone else seems to be vacationing with non household members and headed to parties or festivals..
      Celebrities and Royals are taking Holidays all over the globe where is that outrage?

      • Ursaline says:

        Ditto! I’m going to be 50 on the 12.

      • SarahCS says:

        Ooh the 16th is my cousin’s 40th and my boyfriend’s brothers birthday too! Popular date. We won’t be seeing any of them as my cousin is in France so it’s been nearly two years since I last saw her and Simon is on the other side of the country so no trip there either.

        At one point we had six family birthdays in August (although my grandfather was the 31st so into the Virgo party).

        The 40th celebrations are definitely postponed for when we can finally get together.

      • truthSF says:

        Ha! My birthday is on the 16th as well. Every year, I envision me and my 8/16th b-day twin, Angela Bassett having a wonderful celebration together! Madonna and Kathie Lee Gifford also share birthdays on the 16th. Jennifer Lawrence in the 15th. Halle Berry on the 14th. Whitney Houston’s on the 9th. So many famous Leo’s ♌

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Happy Birthday fellow Leo’s!!!!! It is a fun club!

    • Becks1 says:

      Happy birthday all! I’m not an august baby but my 14 year anniversary is tomorrow, so I always liked that Meghan and I sort of shared that date lol.

    • Carmen says:

      July Leo here. My birthday was last week on the 27th and let’s just say I’m over the hill and ready to roll.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Mine was the 26th.!! We have so many Leo’s CB’s in the house!!!! Though, we didn’t celebrate as my darling sister passed on that day, from pancreatic cancer. I haven’t stopped crying.
        But in true Leo fashion, I have birthday weeks, not just a day! I know, I am shameless…

  10. Snuffles says:

    They know nothing, per usual. But this is the kind of event they would have salivated over to write articles about for weeks. They’re pissed they are being deprived, yet again.

  11. Ainsley7 says:

    I don’t necessarily believe any of it except the cake. I don’t know if it will be from the specific bakery, but a semi-naked cake with flowers is very much Meghan’s aesthetic. I am also a little Pinteresty. So, I’m not judging. It just made me laugh that what rang truest to me was the cake description.

    • Becks1 says:

      It seems to be her aesthetic and also very trendy right now, so that part was funny to me, because it felt like someone at the DM popped into a bakery and asked “whats popular right now?” and that’s what Meghan is getting. It kind of reminds me of the stories from last year about how she was going to have a drink by the pool and Harry was going to make her dinner. Like it seemed like a very reasonable guess for her bday.

  12. Over it says:

    Well if she does or doesn’t have a party two things are perfectly clear.
    One , she paid for it with her money that she makes so no one in Britain can say shit about it.
    Two, If she is having a party, then not one of her friends would talk to the daily mail or any other British tabloid or media. Same thing in Britain about it,

    Meghan is free, she is free to live her life her way doing whatever she wants in her monte Cali mansion with its 40 bathrooms.
    Because could have had a bad bitch paid for that shit with her money.along with could have had a badass husband.
    So suck it b——-es. You lost, Harry and Meghan won .

  13. LaraW” says:

    Yeah, a blowout birthday bash with the delta variant making its rounds? No.

    Where the hell did they pull this “65 people” number from? Maybe based on the number of bathrooms.

    Next story will be “Harry got this SOOPER EXPENSIVE gift thing for his wife blah blah Netflix deal blah Spotify blah money blah Hollywood something something HBO series The Prince.” And also some stupid stuff about what the RF accounts will post to wish Meghan a happy birthday. Cue Clarence House awkward emoticons and stilted language from Kensington Palace three days after her actual birthday.

    I do wonder what Elizabeth will secretly send as a gift. Next zoom appearance: H&M with The Golden Piano, lol.

    • Carmen-JamRock says:

      @LaraW” says:
      “Where the hell did they pull this “65 people” number from?”

      LOL yeah…my question exactly. Must be the same place from which they pulled the 650 guests for the party they planned for Pres Obama’s 60th.
      These shitrag b*tches have no imagination.

    • Lady D says:

      I like to think that the queen has been quietly sending jewels Meghan’s way since they moved to the States, and of course something nice for her little namesake Lilibet. Just a dream.

      • Cessily says:

        Is that why there are all those PW tabloid stories about his concern for the Queens jewels?

  14. Lucky Charm says:

    What is a grazing table?! Is that just a fancy British term for buffet? LOL. And I agree with @Becks1, they don’t have a clue what the Sussexes are doing, this is just a bunch of “here’s a name, let’s make up a story”.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think they are the “new” thing – like the big charcuterie tables that are all over pinterest? with meats and cheeses and fruit? I assume either that or just tables with lots of appetizers.

    • Talia says:

      I thought grazing tables were American. It’s where you put the food loose on the table rather than in bowls or dishes.

      Because if you are going to have a party while Covid rages, a way of serving food that means everyone breathes on all of it is ideal.

      I can’t see a 65 person indoor party happening and if it does, I doubt this is how they’d feed people.

    • FilmTurtle says:

      In the Before Times, right before the lockdown happened, I went to a party with a grazing table and people lost their minds like they’d never seen such an amazing sight. It was actually a very attractive, artistic display down one long table. People had little plates and they would just pick stuff from it that looked good (like @Becks1 said, it was a giant charcuterie display, basically). The caterer told me that everyone wanted a grazing table for their parties. But I can’t imagine anyone feeling comfortable with that kind of display NOW after 16 months of sanitizing everything we touch.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      Grazing tables are a fancy way to say “open buffet”, but w/out the glass shields above the chafing dishes/platters 😊 The food is laid out, artistically, with greenery/flowers/fruit/candles, etc, and you just “graze” down the table, picking up what you want and put it on your plate(s).

      NOT the best idea during a contagious pandemic, with everyone breathing on it, using the same utensils…

  15. Elaine Stritch says:

    A small gathering of 65… lol

    • L4frimaire says:

      That’s an oddly precise number. Why not 50 or 70, or maybe 40 for her 40? Everything here is so random.

  16. Scorpion says:

    Ah, the predictable fan fiction, followed by the hysteria. BTW, Squaddies are reporting that Mr Cowie is currently out of the country 😁
    I hope she throws a party in each bathroom 😂

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      I haven’t heard the name Colin Cowie since the late 80s early 90s! He was the BIGGEST name! Didn’t even know he was still in business!

      • L4frimaire says:

        Seriously. Colin Cowie? Definitely a blast from the past. He doesn’t even seem like Meghan’s style. Didn’t he use to have some wedding show or something?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Last I heard of him was 7-8 years ago, with an anniversary party for Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete.

  17. Em says:

    Meghan doesn’t eat cake for her birthday, she eats French fries, she has said that multiple times, this looks like an advertisement for the companies/ persons mentioned in that article using her name to attract clicks. The mail doesn’t know any of her plans and will never know.

  18. Sofia says:

    This reminds me of when people were running stories about Archie having a big birthday bash for his 1st birthday and yet nothing seemed to happen (or at least, we didn’t hear anything about it). So I agree with others who’ve said they’ve pulled various bits and made a story.

  19. Sunshine says:

    Abigail Spencer also turns 40 on the same day. Agree with someone above who said this will be an IOU birthday. A 2 year and 2 month old is just too much of a show stopper.

  20. S808 says:

    So glad all they can do is speculate. Back in 2018-2019 I used to pray for times like this lmao

  21. Amy Bee says:

    Last year for her birthday, Meghan was supposedly having a getaway to Malibu in the middle of a pandemic when in reality she had just suffered a miscarrage and had bought a new house. So I don’t believe this story.

  22. luna says:

    PageSix denied this story already. Harry is taking her for a romantic trip, it seems. Now that makes much more sense.

  23. Lizzie says:

    Totally made up for clicks. I guess the Jack B. yacht story didn’t make up for the lack of a Meghan article even if it is totally fabricated.

  24. taris says:

    if we’ve learnt anything lately, it’s that noone – least of all the british media – have any idea what meghan and/or harry are ever up to, until *the sussexes themselves* want us to know.
    i seriously doubt there’s some big bash planned (and the oprah connection concocted here is honestly so lazy). and i get that these people are sooo desperate to write *something* about meghan every two days (clickbait and all), but damn, the fan fiction is getting increasingly embarrassing.

  25. Tessa says:

    I see nothing at all wrong with her having a party and it will be her first with Little Lily. Kate will probably have a huge party and her stans will praise her to the skies, what a “perfect” person she is etc etc. I don’t see Meghan having a “large” party.

  26. MellyMel says:

    This sounds like fan fiction once again. It’s possible she may have a party since 40 is a big birthday, but it would probably be just a few really close friends. Though I forgot her and Obama had the same birthday…could you imagine if they had a joint party? The RR, British media and racists here in the US would go insane!

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Right. If she’s having a party her friends are NOT saying anything. If she’s having a party she freaking deserves one. That insanity would be a sight to behold.

  27. Curious says:

    guess as most parents with a 2month old and maybe she is still breast feeding, plus all the heartaches they been through, they might just decide to have a quiet evening alone with their children and Grandma Doria. or just a few trusted friends comes over for a quiet dinner.very risky to go places,one never know. they go out to eat and bring back covid19 home.. plus they both seem very busy with their job commitments too.

  28. Chelsea says:

    65 is not small lol. That’s a full blown party. I’m not sure if she’s up for hosting that many people so quickly after birth and she doesnt really seem the type do something like that generally. Were there even a dozen people at her baby shower? Have we ever heard of her throwing herself a big party even pre-Haary? Pretty sure thd answer is no.

    That said if she were to chose to they’ve got a crapton of space in their backyard which honestly looks like a freaking public park or a country club with how large it is and the kindnof amenities they have. Whatever she decides I hope she has a great day.

  29. Curious says:

    will say though Harry is younger than Meghan. Meghan looks younger than Harry. she is a very very young 40 yr old.

  30. L4frimaire says:

    This whole article is ridiculous. Also, if I was having a big milestone party, either I’d go out of town to celebrate or I’d be having it on the weekend if it fell on a weekday so all my friends could attend. Basic big birthday logic. The party already happened or happening a little later, or M is in some fabulous location getting massages and chilling the fck out with a few nearest and dearest. Between this and bitching about Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard estate, I guess some people have issues with certain Leo’s with nice real estate celebrating big birthdays tomorrow .

    • Curious says:

      as always its always fantasy bullshit from the press. me being the only mix race living in a white residential area. my neighbour said , it must be nice to have a private driver. that driver is my husband. and she had like a sly laugh. i replied, yeah.. i thought after reading about Meghan , wow this woman was jealous that my husband an i went grocery shopping and he carries everything into the house. but the time she was spying from her window,i had hurt my hand. which she did not know. been through a lot with these people.i kept on being me.i am older now. and still have long hair. i heard since i am old i should cut my hair. i will always keep on being me. i am not moving, this is my first house. but Meghan made me stronger. i was silent for too long. smiling AT INSULTS.feel like was keeping the peace. but its time i lift my sword of voice up.

  31. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    I’m so looking forward to a family photo or baby Lily photos.

  32. Nev says:

    Leave my Duchess alone. Thanks.

  33. jferber says:

    So I guess the royals in England have never done anything “extravagant,” huh? Their very existence is predicated on extravagance, vanity, hypocrisy, pretension, vulgarity, racism and sexism. Live your best lives, Sussexes. Have a VERY happy and private birthday party, Meghan, with your beautiful family and friends.

  34. Athena says:

    So Meghan hires a top party planner but Harry had to order the cake. I would expect someone on the party planner’s staff to do that.

  35. Alexandria says:

    She’s achieved a lot. She can do what she wants to celebrate her life as long as they’re not illegal or spreading the virus unnecessarily.