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.
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.