Although Meghan Markle’s birthday is two month’s away, the Queen is wasting no time planning her gift for the Duchess of Sussex. The royal family is known to celebrate milestones in the most extravagant fashion, and Markle’s birthday will be no exception. Queen Elizabeth’s gift for Meghan Markle’s 38th birthday just goes to show how much she cares for her grandson’s wife.
The Queen has reportedly invited Markle to celebrate her birthday on August 4 at Balmoral Estate, the royal family’s Scottish home. Markle will reportedly be joined by her husband, Prince Harry, and their newborn son, Archie. This estate is apparently the Queen’s favorite royal property, making this invitation incredibly momentous.
“The Queen and Prince Philip adore the couple and, of course, their new great-grandson Archie, and they have invited them to Balmoral for a few days. It is testament to Meghan that she has been given this invite. It’s a huge honor,” a source said to The Mirror. “It’s no secret Balmoral is Her Majesty’s favorite home and that’s why this invite is so special and heartfelt.”
The trip will be Markle’s first time visiting Balmoral, as well as baby Archie’s first-ever official royal trip. The itinerary for the trip reportedly includes a traditional afternoon tea with the Queen, and the Queen will also be preparing a special cake for the birthday festivities. In addition, Markle and Prince Harry will also be provided with their own wing of the estate, giving their family a little extra privacy during their stay.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip are known to travel to the Scottish Estate in July when it’s closed to the public. Apparently an invitation to stay at Balmoral with the Queen signals a prominent social status within her inner-circle.
This trip could inspire a change in the way Markle is received by both the royal family and the British people. Since her relationship with Prince Harry first became public, Markle has been no stranger to criticism of their union. Even after the Duke and Duchess celebrated their first wedding anniversary and the birth of their first child earlier this year, tabloids continue to publish unnecessarily harsh stories that at times include racist and sexist undertones. Apparently, the public consensus in Britain is that Markle used Harry to climb a social ladder, despite her being a well-established actress in the United States.
And the criticism doesn’t just stop with the public — reports of members within the royal family warning Harry against marrying Markle have also surfaced. Just last month, The Sun reported that Prince Phillip told Harry the following when things started getting serious between the two: “One steps out with actresses, one doesn’t marry them.”
Maybe after Markle is given the honor of a birthday celebration at Balmoral this year she will be fully accepted and respected as an important fixture in the British royal family.