Meghan Markle latest news – No birthday gifts from Duchess' family author claims as Meg set 'to share Lilibet pic'

MEGHAN Markle's family WON'T be sending her 40th birthday presents due to the ongoing painful rift with her dad, a royal author claims.

The Duchess of Sussex celebrates her 40th birthday tomorrow, but it's feared her party guest list will snub the Markle family – including her estranged dad.

Meghan has not seen her father for years, last speaking to him around the time of her wedding to Harry in 2018.

As the divide has continued to widen, Thomas recently revealed that he no longer even has his daughter's phone number – and it's highly unlikely he will be invited to the duchess' birthday celebrations tomorrow.

Meghan could also share a family photo with Lilibet to mark the day in what would be the first glimpse of the eighth-in-line to the throne, royal experts have claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry welcomed their daughter into the world on June 4 but the newborn baby is yet to be seen.

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

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    OFFICIAL EMBLEM FOR QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE REVEALED

    A 19-year-old university student’s “elegant’ design has been selected as part of a competition to find the official emblem of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It will take place in June 2022.

    The stunning emblem features a stylised crown that incorporates the number 70.

    Edward Roberts, the winner, said: “it’s just an amazing feeling to win it, I couldn’t believe I’d won it really. I thought I had achieved something by getting to the top 100 so to even win it – I was over the moon.” 

    The contest was launched by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and was open to young people aged between 13 and 25.

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    A PIECE OF CAKE

    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.

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    QUEEN LAUNCHES RANGE OF DOG BISCUITS FLAVOURED WITH ROYAL VENISON

    Her Majesty’s Game Bones snacks are made with game from the Sandringham estate in Norfolk and baked nearby.

    They come in a paper bag with a royal seal and are additive and preservative free.

    The packaging describes them as a tasty occasional treat and as a training aid. They cost £4.99 a bag.

    Luxury £50 pet beds and £30 leather collars are also available from the Queen’s shop at Sandringham.

    The 95-year-old monarch has owned a corgi or a dorgi, a cross between a dachshund and a corgi, since she was 18.

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    FIRST GLIMPSE OF LILIBET ON THE HORIZON

    MEGHAN Markle could share a family photo with Lilibet to mark the proud mum's 40th birthday in what would be the first glimpse of the eighth-in-line to the throne, royal experts have claimed.

    The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry welcomed their daughter into the world on June 4 but the newborn baby is yet to be seen.

    While working members of the Royal Family, Meghan and Harry posed with their son Archie a few days after he was born, gushing over their son's arrival.

    But royal fans are still waiting to catch a glimpse of little Lilibet, more than eight weeks since her birth on June 4.

    Now royal experts have claimed Meghan's 40th birthday tomorrow could provide the perfect opportunity for the proud parents to share an updated family photo.

    Royal commentator Phil Dampier told The Sun Online: "I think it's likely we will see a picture of the family."

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    MEGHAN’S FAMILY WON’T BE SENDING HER BIRTHDAY PRESENTS AS RIFT CONTINUES, AUTHOR SAYS

    The Duchess of Sussex celebrates her 40th birthday tomorrow, but it's feared her party guest list will snub the Markle family – including her estranged dad.

    Meghan has not seen her father for years, last speaking to him around the time of her wedding to Harry in 2018.

    As the divide has continued to widen, Thomas recently revealed that he no longer even has his daughter's phone number – and it's highly unlikely he will be invited to the duchess' birthday celebrations tomorrow.

    Tom Bower, who is currently writing a tell-all book on the duchess, said: "The Sussexes’ ­celebrity neighbours, agents, lawyers and PR spin doctors will flock to their Montecito haven.

    "But there will be no birthday cards from Meghan’s father and siblings, nor probably from her in-laws in London.

    Shunned Thomas, who lives in Mexico, has not had any contact with his duchess daughter for three years, and he has never met her husband Harry, or their two tots, Archie and Lilibet.

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    JAMES MAY SLAMS HARRY AND MEGHAN SAYING THEY’RE ‘SUPPOSED TO KNOW BETTER’

    James May told the Radio Times that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should “know better” than to talk about their personal lives in public.

    Slamming them, he added: “everyone’s got issues like that, and I don’t think the rest of us should know or care about it.”

    “I thought the whole point of a royal family is that they were supposed to be an exemplar.”

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    A RECAP: OPRAH’S INTERVIEW

    The bombshell interview was televised in the UK on the 8 March this year. While many viewers passed Ofcom complaints and voiced their fury, Oprah insisted Meghan Markle was “truthful” in her interview and that she didn’t realise the “racist” claims would be so impactful.

    In the revealing chat aired in March, Meghan told how her mental health had suffered during her time as a working royal – and she felt suicidal while pregnant with Archie.

    Meanwhile, Harry said his dad and brother were “trapped” in the Royal firm and that one member of the Royal Family had probed the duke about his unborn son and what colour his skin would be.

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    'AMBITIOUS' MEGHAN MARKLE LOOKING TO TAKE OPRAH'S CROWN

    According to the Mirror, A PR expert believes there is still a lot Meghan Markle wants to achieve, making she's got her sights set on bigger things after her 40th birthday.

    It 'wouldn't be surprising' if Meghan has set her sights on achieving even bigger things.

    Andy Barr told Closer Magazine that: "Meghan is 100 per cent the driving force behind this power couple – she has a lot of ambition and a lot she wants to achieve.

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    IS IT LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT?

    When it comes to remembering about matters close to the heart, Kate Middleton is quick to recall her awkward first meeting with Prince William… but he can't remember it!

    The Duchess admitted that when she met Wills for the first time at university in St Andrews in Scotland – her reaction was less than cool.

    "I actually went bright red when I met you and scuttled off feeling very shy about meeting you," she said.

    Although it wasn't quite love at first sight as the two became good friends before dating, William admitted he and Kate, "did split up for a bit. We were both very young, it was at university and we were both finding ourselves and being different characters and stuff."

    However, all that starts well ends well as Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot in 2011 after eight years together. 

    They celebrated 10 years together in April this year.

    Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot in April 2011
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    'KIDS! WE'RE GOING OFF GRID'

    Kate Middleton and Prince William have reportedly taken their kids on a secret holiday to the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall.

    Hello! has revealed today that the family have spent the past three weeks completely off the grid. Quietly sneaking their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis away, Hello! reports they're spending some well-deserved time together in Cornwall.

    It's not the first time they've visited the Isles, as Kate, William, and the kids spent their vacation there last year too.

    The Isles of Scilly are reachable by air (by aircraft or helicopter) and ferry, with them being known for its beautiful beaches and picturesque scenery.

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    HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: INSIDE THE QUEEN'S SCOTLAND HOLIDAY

    The Queen's annual summer holiday began in late July this year as she departed from Windsor Castle for her Scottish retreat of Balmoral Castle.

    The trip usually lasts for around three months, with Her Majesty departing in either September or early October.

    No doubt the holiday will be be tainted with sadness, as it's her first without her beloved husband Prince Phillip, who died earlier this year in April.

    However, despite this, Her Majesty will be kept preoccupied, with her days filled with family picnics, fishing, and deer stalking.
    Other events that occur during the summer are Highland Games where the royals will watch everything from the Caber Toss to a huge Tug O' War.

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    WHEN DID MEGHAN VISIT BALMORAL?

    Every year, the Queen and her extended royal family head to Scotland to enjoy the holidays.

    Her Majesty has spent a 12-week break at her special Highlands retreat Balmoral every summer of her 69-year reign. Last month, the monarch made her first trip away from Windsor since Prince Philip’s death.

    It is claimed that Meghan first visited the pad in 2017, but her first official visit came after her 2018 royal wedding.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE 'WOULD BE “BORED OUT OF HER MIND” BY ROYALS’ SUMMER HOLIDAY TO BALMORAL THIS YEAR'

    Royal author Phil Dampier claims the Duchess of Sussex is focused on a “full-on Hollywood” life as she reaches her milestone 40th birthday tomorrow.

    In fact, it's so much so that Phil told Fabulous: “Harry and Meghan certainly won’t miss going to Balmoral as a guest of the Queen."

    Meghan will definitely be preoccupied with getting her party right. “They have very much gone full on California and won’t worry about how it looks back in the UK".

    “She is very much free to do what she wants and I’m sure they will.”

    Every year, the Queen and her extended royal family head to Scotland to enjoy the holidays
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    QUESTION OVER GIFT (CONTINUED…)

    Another royal expert, Richard Fitzwilliams, told The Sun he was 'sure' the Royal family "will be in touch with Meghan. They will wish her 'Happy Birthday'.

    "They normally do so for birthdays.

    "But I wouldn't know if they'd send anything and it's unlikely that we will find out.

    "We wouldn't be told if anything special will be sent."

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    WIDENING RIFT (CONTINUED…)

    There are fears that the growing divide between Harry and his brother may never be fixed as William finds it "impossible to trust him again", pals fear.

    But with Meghan blowing out 40 ­candles on her birthday cake on Wednesday, it's expected that the very public fall-out will briefly be put to one side.

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    ROYALS ‘TO SHARE MEGHAN MARKLE 40TH BIRTHDAY MESSAGE “THROUGH GRITTED TEETH”'

    An expert has claimed today that the Royals are expected to share a birthday message to Meghan Markle to mark her 40th "through gritted teeth". It has been said they don't want to make the rift worse.

    Despite Meghan and Harry quitting the Firm more than a year ago and starting a new life in the US before unleashing a string of allegations against the Royals, Meghan will still receive a birthday message.

    Royal commentator Phil Dampier told the Sun Online: "But whether a present will be sent privately, I don't know, such is the state of the relationship.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE ‘LIKELY TO SHARE FAMILY PHOTO WITH LILIBET’ FOR HER 40TH BIRTHDAY IN FIRST GLIMPSE OF DAUGHTER

    Meghan could share a family photo with Lilibet to mark the proud mum's 40th birthday in what would be the first glimpse of the eighth-in-line to the throne, royal experts have claimed.

    The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry welcomed their daughter into the world on June 4 but the newborn baby is yet to be seen.

    With Meghan's 40th tomorrow, it could provide the perfect opportunity for the proud parents to share an updated family photo.

    Royal commentator Phil Dampier told The Sun Online: "I think it's likely we will see a picture of the family.

    Meghan holding the feet of her first baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to mark her first Mother's Day in 2019
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    WHY WAS PRINCE GEROGE TROLLED AT THE EUROS?

    The youngster received cruel comments online after he made an appearance at Wembley with his parents for the Euro 2020 final on Sunday 11th July.

    During the game, Prince George won the hearts of the public after he was caught on camera celebrating England's goal.

    The wholesome scene brought happiness to Twitter where social media users shared their thoughts on the rather mature behaviour of the overjoyed little prince.

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    PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON'S 'CONCERNS' ABOUT PRINCE GEORGE GROWING UP IN SPOTLIGHT

    While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend a lot of time in front of the cameras, it’s their children that often steal the limelight.

    As their children are growing up and becoming more of a focus for the paparazzi, the parents are concerned about online trolls. George's appearance at the Euro final with his parents sparked a wave of online trolling.

    "He’s growing up in a different era to his parents. Times have changed since then. There wasn’t social media or internet trolls when William and Kate were children."

    "The Cambridges feel it’s necessary to shield George, Charlotte and Louis from the spotlight and have become cautious about the appearances [they] make. Kate and William are being more selective about the events he attends."

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    THE EFFECTS OF PRINCE HARRY LOSING MORE PATRONAGES (CONTINUED…)

    Harry’s loss of MORE patronages is a “psychological blow” that shows he’s “past the point of no return”, claims a royal expert.

    "But he can't really complain because he decided to quit the UK – he can't pick and choose the things he can do – he has made his bed and has to lie in it."

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    EXPLAINED: HOW KATE MIDDLETON AND PRINCESS ANNE WILL FILL IN FOR PRINCE HARRY

    On Sunday, the Times reported that Kate has been selected as the new patron of the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League. The official announcement will come before the Rugby World Cup.

    According to a senior military source, Princess Anne will soon step in as the next captain-general of the Royal Marines. Harry took over this role from Prince Philip in 2017.

    “She’s really well connected to the navy and, as a consequence, has a soft spot for the Royal Marines. We are very comfortable with her, especially given her outstanding sporting background.”

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    VIDEO OF THE QUEEN SHOWING HER NONCHALANT SIDE GOING VIRAL

    An old video from 2005 of The Queen saying 'nah' is going viral.

    The unearthed vid shows the Queen and the artist, Rolf Harris, having a conversation where she has the most nonchalant answer to his question about her aging.

    Fans have taken to the internet to express their joy: “The Queen answering a question like every bloke in the U.K. Can't get over the Queen saying ‘nah.'”

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    OFFICIAL EMBLEM FOR QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE REVEALED

    A 19-year-old university student’s “elegant' design has been selected as part of a competition to find the official emblem of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It will take place in June 2022.

    The stunning emblem features a stylised crown that incorporates the number 70.

    Edward Roberts, the winner, said: “it’s just an amazing feeling to win it, I couldn’t believe I’d won it really. I thought I had achieved something by getting to the top 100 so to even win it – I was over the moon.” 

    The contest was launched by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and was open to young people aged between 13 and 25.

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    HOW OLD WAS PRINCE PHILIP WHEN HE DIED AND WHEN WOULD HE HAVE BEEN 100?

    Prince Philip was 99 years old when he passed away (April 9, 2021) after celebrating his last birthday in lockdown with Queen Elizabeth II.

    The Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle, but despite being the son of a prince and princess, he was not a King.

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    Prince Philip was born on June 10, 1921, in Corfu, Greece
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    QUEEN'S GRANDSON OPENS UP ABOUT 'HARDEST PART' OF PRINCE PHILIP'S FUNERAL

    Peter Phillips, the Queen's grandson, reveals that not being able to hug the Queen was the hardest part of Prince Philip’s funeral.

    Due to Covid restrictions being in place during the funeral, it meant it had to be conducted with social distancing protocols. This meant the grieving wife of Philip was forced to sit alone for the service.

    "Everybody saw the image of Her Majesty sitting alone. It would have been the same for any other family; the hardest part is not being able to hug those closest to the person who’s been lost.”

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