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.

Will Her Majesty Tell Meghan Markle About Her Diplomatic Foxtrot With Ghana's President Nkrumah?

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Body language often tells all, as this charming, delicious photo of Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle shared a "royal giggling fit" in the British town of Chester this weei. The queen and Markle officially opened the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Chester's Storyhouse Theatre on their first solo public engagement together.

Writing for The Daily Beast, Tom Sykes explains that Markle is taking on official royal duties with astonishing speed, even travelling to Chester overnight on the sleeper train with Her Majesty.  Meghan wore her new pearl diamond drop earrings, confirmed by Kensington Palace to be a gift from the queen. They were sublime with her elegant nude haute couture Givenchy dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller, who also created her wedding dress. 

There are many reasons why Her Majesty and Markle "became besties", writes Sykes. By now we know that the Queen's corgis adore her, but I didn't know how much they express disdain for other members of Britain's royal family. The Queen was thrilled that her corgis sat quietly at Meghan's feet the entire time of their first greeting tea. 

Prince Hatty told BBC interviewer Mishal Husain: “I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at; this one walks in, absolutely nothing.”

Meghan herself said the dogs were, “Just laying on my feet during tea, it was very sweet.”

The royal writer Christopher Andersen, author of multiple royal biographies including the best-selling and newly reissued e-book Diana’s Boys says the centrality of dogs to their relationship should not be underestimated.

“Everyone in the Royal Family, without exception, detests the Queen’s corgis, and the corgis return the favor. Charles, Philip, Anne, Andrew, Edward, William, Harry, all have gone on record saying they cannot abide Her Majesty’s dogs. They bark, they nip, they pee everywhere, and they are famous for sweeping into a room and tripping people up. But they love Meghan. And the Queen has practically adopted Meghan’s adorable rescue beagle, Guy.”

Stykes' final remarks are worth noting. In addition to her obvious and genuine connection to Markle, Queen Elizabeth may be "setting her face" against the "small-mindedness" of "those courtiers who continue to grumble, with thinly disguised racism, about the royal family letting an outsider like Meghan in."

She’s more than good enough for me, the queen is not-so-subtly stating, so get over yourselves.

In setting her face against such small-mindedness, the queen is playing her own very significant part in dragging the House of Windsor into the modern age.

This is not the first time, Queen Elizabeth has taken on the establishment, and if I were a royal researcher, an investigation might uncover many examples of her regal defiance. The Queen's relationship with her new royal granddaughter Meghan Markle might bring back memories of her royal foxtrot in Ghana.

Perhaps in the privacy of a quiet royal corner -- guarded by the royal Corgis and Meghan's rescue beagle Guy -- the Queen and Meghan will share all kinds of girl talk about the historical moments around privilege and racism in her worldly reign.