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.

Bazaar.com Bats Down Rumour That Harry and Meghan Will Be Moving Abroad

People so love conflict, especially spreading stories about the royal feud. Most recently, we have Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan being shipped somewhere away from Britain for a long period — perhaps three years — due to their extreme popularity.

Harper’s Bazaar begs to differ. “Britain is their home and where they want to raise their family,” says a friend of the couple. “If they are to work abroad it would be a short stint.”

The Times of London claimed the Sussexes might move to Africa “for two or three years,” establishing a home in one of the continent’s 19 Commonwealth states. Allegedly, Prince William is involved in the plan to provide a timeout between the brothers, while also “harnessing” the global appeal of the Sussexes, but Bazaar puts down that claim.

“Not the case,” says a Kensington Palace source. “Prince William has nothing to do with these plans. The Duke supports whatever the couple choose to do.”

To underscore how totally out of control rumors are, it’s said that Meghan wants to become President of the United States one day.

“These discussions, which the couple are driving, are very much embryonic,” says the source, who is familiar with a number of their future endeavors. “Both the duke and duchess are keen to balance projects in Britain and overseas, particularly countries in Africa. There are many exciting possibilities … but moving away for years? That’s not an idea they are throwing around. We’re talking a few months away or a series of trips.”

As Bazaar.com points out, it’s totally reasonable that the Sussexes would want to work in Africa. Harry spent almost nine weeks of 2015 involved in conservation projects in Southern, followed by two months in 2016. Meghan joined a clean water initiative in Rwanda in March 2016, and the couple also traveled together to numerous parts of Africa, including Botswana, in 2017. “They have no plans to change this pattern,” an insider. tells Bazaar. “Africa will always play a lead role in their humanitarian work.”

It’s an exciting time for the young couple to be engaged with Africa. It’s easy to write about problems on the continent, but there’s also a tremendous energy, entrepreneurial and creative talent exploding from one country to the next.

As the world awaits the Sussex baby, it appears that Meghan and Harry have elected to have a home birth away from the public’s prying eyes and the traditions of Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s, where both her sister-in-law and mother-in-law gave birth. Stay tuned.

Proud Fans Prince Harry & Doria Ragland Support Meghan Markle At Cookbook Launch

Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry at the lunch celebrating Meghan’s new cookbook. Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry at the lunch celebrating Meghan’s new cookbook. Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Meghan Markle’s beloved mother, Doria Ragland, made her way to Kensington Palace this week, attending the Thursday launch of her daughter’s cookbook at Kensington Palace. Ms. Ragland doesn’t plan on turning up at future royal engagements, but Vanity Fair confirms rumors that Meghan’s mom may well be getting her own quarters in London so that she can spend more time with her daughter and Prince Harry. Doria Ragland is liked very much by the entire royal family and is being encouraged to spend more time with her daughter and extended new family.

The cookbook was Meghan’s idea, although Katie Nicholl writes that the Duchess of Essex took no credit for ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’, which benefits victims of the 2017’s Grenfell Tower fire in West London. ‘Together’ was birthed by the Hubb Community Kitchen, a group of women who came together after the fire to cook for the families of those who lost homes in the fire.

The luncheon menu featured coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala, baba ganoush, and chapatis. Several guests hailed from the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre of West London, where the Hub Community Kitchen is based. For dessert, guests enjoyed caramelized plum upside-down cake, sweet puff pastries, and mint tea, of course.

In her speech, Meghan called the project “a tremendous labor of love,” thanking the women of Hubb for embracing her when she moved to London. “I feel so proud to live in a city that can have so much diversity. It’s 12 countries represented in this one group of women. It’s pretty outstanding.” She added, “The power of food is more than just the meal itself; there’s the story behind it. When you get to know the story and the recipe, you get to know the person behind it. That’s what we’re talking about in terms of coming together, to really engage and talk and be able to celebrate what connects us, rather than what divides us. That, I believe, is the ethos of Together.”

Ragland, who told guests to call her Meghan’s mom, reportedly embraced each of the women from Hubb, telling them “I am just as excited as you are.” As she said good-bye to the group, she told the Daily Telegraph, “The power of women. We make things happen. We’re curious, we say yes. We show up.”

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