Queen Elizabeth Plans Meghan's B-Day Party At Balmoreal As Royals Eye Fall 2019 Africa Trip

Monday morning Meghan Markle news is that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reported to be invited to Queen Elizabeth II Balmoral estate in Scotland to celebrate Markle’s birthday on August 4.

"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," a source told the The Sun. "It is a testament to Meghan that she has been given this invite. It's a huge honor."

“It’s no secret Balmoral is Her Majesty’s favorite home and that’s why this invite is so special and heartfelt,” the source added.

The unofficial word comes the day after Sussex baby Archie made another appearance via Instagram, his tiny hand grasping dad Harry’s hand in pure poetry. A trip to Balmoral would mark Archie’s first royal holiday, according to The Sun.

More travel may be in Archie’s future, with unconfirmed news that the royal couple will be embarking on a royal tour this fall, traveling to several countries in Africa including Malawi, Angola and South Africa.

The trip will have a humanitarian focus including time spent on Harry’s charity Sentebale, founded in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, helping vulnerable children in Malawi, Botswana and Angola. Sentebale, poignantly, means ‘forget-me-not’ in Sesotho and honors both princes’ late mothers and their activist initiatives.

Many royal watchers believe that Prince Seeiso, who has a long and very close friendship with Prince Harry, will be one of Harry’s godparents. There were only two foreign royals at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May 2018: Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and his wife, Princess Mabereng Seeiso.

Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and his wife, Princess Mabereng Seeiso.

Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and his wife, Princess Mabereng Seeiso.

Harry has previously continued his mother Princess Diana’s commitment to eradicating land mines in Angola through his work with The Halo Trust.

Today June 17th, Prince Harry is working with HALO representatives, representatives of the Angolan government, conservation experts and philanthropists worldwide to discuss how clearing landmines from the unique Okavango headwaters in Angola is step one in protecting this precious habitat.

Twice as large as the UK, the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA) is Africa’s great wild space where Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe converge. At its heart is the World Heritage Site of the Okavango Delta, fed by headwaters rising in the far southeast of Angola. The success of the KAZA is of crucial importance to the development of southern Africa. Read more on Halo Trust website.

Meghan + Harry Introduce Baby Sussex To The World In Charming, Sensitive Interview + Photo Op

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured with their baby son in the majestic setting of St George's Hall at Windsor Castle today  via

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured with their baby son in the majestic setting of St George's Hall at Windsor Castle today via

Baby Sussex was introduced to the world today, lovingly cradled not by his mom Duchess Meghan but by his adoring father Prince Harry. This daddy pose actually doesn’t break new ground, as Prince Charles held Prince Williams in an official photo shortly after his birth. We all know that Prince Harry will break new norms in parenting, but it’s important to keep the facts straight.

Speaking of breaking norms, the baby’s name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Meghan and Harry have elected not to use courtesy titles at this time - so Archie will not be reffered to as the Earl of Dumbarton.

The beaming couple touched two themes strongly. First, their own adoration of each other sends hopeful joy into the universe. Meghan’s affectionate body language was on full display, cementing the threesome in unity. Some have charactericized this gesture as deference and insecurity on Meghan’s part. AOC sees it as a sign of female confidence and directional, female power, so go figure.

Second, Harry led the convo on how much babies change in the first 2-4 weeks after birth. The couple is making Baby Sussex into a living, breathing person impacted by his environment and changing every day. This commentary sets the stage for future work important to the couple, in its focus on early childhood development.

Harry said: 'Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks we're basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month really. But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows.'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured with their baby son in the majestic setting of St George's Hall at Windsor Castle today  via

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured with their baby son in the majestic setting of St George's Hall at Windsor Castle today via

Speaking for only a few minutes from inside the majestic St George's Hall at Windsor Castle, a radiant Meghan said quietly: 'It's magic, it's pretty amazing. He's just been the dream so it's been a special couple of days.”

“I have the two best guys in the world so I'm really happy. He has the sweetest temperament, he's really calm.”

Meghan insisted that a US broadcaster attend the public unveiling of Baby Sussex, choosing CBS and Meghan’s friend Gayle King to attend. King was also a guest at Meghan’s New York baby showers, writes the Daily Mail. Whether it was a hat draw or something more special remains to be seen.

King was with the couple at Frogmore Cottage over the weekend, arriving in the UK to film a ‘royal special’ “The show, Meghan and Harry Plus One, is set to air on CBS on May 17, and will feature chats from royal insiders and Meghan's friends to mark the one-year anniversary of the royal marriage and the birth of their first child,” accoring to DM.

Baby Sussex arrived at 5.26am on Monday, weighing 7lb 3oz, and is thought to have been born at the Portland Hospital in London, a plush US-owned hospital favoured by many wealthy American expats.

Meghan - who had been more than a week overdue - is believed to have gone into labour late on Sunday, when she was driven 28 miles away to a London hospital, ending her hopes of a home birth. 

Later in the day Archie met his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and several other members of the royal family. Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland has been with Meghan & Harry for some time, and will stay on to not only help with Archie, but to help Meghan use yoga to return her body to its pre-pregnancy state.

Later in the day Archie met his great-grandmother  Queen Elizabeth II  and several other members of the royal family. Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland has been at her side and will stay on for a time as a new order comes to the Sussex household.

Later in the day Archie met his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and several other members of the royal family. Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland has been at her side and will stay on for a time as a new order comes to the Sussex household.

Chez Panisse Alum Claire Ptak Of Violet Cakes Shares Meghan & Harry Details Of Royal Wedding Cake

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Chez Panisse alum Claire Ptak, owner of East London Hackney bakery Violet Cakes, designed a magnificent wedding cake that was as simply elegant as Meghan Markle's wedding dress by Clare Waight Keller.  Ptak and her team of six bakers, including head baker Izaak Adams, worked on the spring-inspired, three-part layered cake creation, assembling it in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace over the past week. 

The Independent in London shared the specifics of the cake:

The cake has been made from 200 Amalfi lemons, 10 bottles of Sandringham elderflower cordial, 20kg of butter, 20kg of sugar and 500 organic eggs from Suffolk.

The inside consists of layered lemon sponge that’s been drizzled with an elderflower syrup and sandwiched using buttercream and lemon curd, while the outside has been decorated using a white buttercream made from elderflower Swiss meringue.

“The elderflower is so quintessentially British to me as a Californian,” said Ms Ptak. The cordial was sourced from elderflowers sourced from the Queen's Sandringham estate.

“It’s a kind of ethereal, floral flavour which I think is very special, especially for a wedding.”

Ms Ptak is joined by Violet Bakery head baker Izaak Adams (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Ms Ptak is joined by Violet Bakery head baker Izaak Adams (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Ptak met Meghan Markle several years ago when Markle discovered Ptak's 'The Violet Bakery Cookbook' and asked to interview her for her lifestyle blog, 'The Tig', now closed. 

“I feel really happy that we share a similar ethos about provenance and sustainability,” says the baker. “Prince Harry really cares and his father is a big supporter of organic farming, which is also very dear to my heart.” Besides the elderberry cordial, Ptak sourced as many ingredients as possible from the Sandringham Estate, the private Norfolk home of Queen Elizabeth II. 

Like Markle, Ptak is a native of California, growing up in Inverness close to San Francisco. At age 14, she began working in small cafes and later a local bakery. Expecting to pursue a career in film as a student at the all-female Mills College in California, Ptak discovered the Berkeley-based Chez Panisse.

Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters opened the restaurant in 1971, with a commitment to promoting premium, locally sourced ingredients and intimate dinner party-style ambience. “Alice is really a mentor to me,” says Ptak. “She was studying at the Sorbonne in Paris and when she returned from France she felt she had to do something to make [American] food better.”

Love and an Englishman intervened, after Ptak trained under Waters for three years, prompting the talented baker to move to London. And while she no longer works in the kitchen, Ptak returned there to oversee every detail of the wedding cake.