Here’s How Meghan Markle Celebrated Turning 41 Yesterday

The Duchess of Sussex spent her birthday privately.

Meghan Markle
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Yesterday was Meghan Markle’s 41st birthday, and, in addition to possibly reading members of the royal family’s happy birthday messages to her, Meghan rung in her next trip around the sun with “family and dear friends,” according to an exclusive obtained by Us Weekly.

“Meghan Markle is spending her 41st birthday the best way she knows how—with the people she loves the most,” the outlet reports.

A rep for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Us that “the Duchess is enjoying a lovely birthday this year with her family and dear friends.” That likely means quality time with husband Prince Harry and children Archie and Lili, and likely mom Doria Ragland as well.

And while it was unclear what friends joined in on the celebration, Harry spoke to Today’s Hoda Kotb in April, saying that the U.S. now feels like home to him and that “we’ve been welcomed with open arms and have such a great community in Santa Barbara [California].”

After celebrating four years of marriage this year, Harry just a few weeks ago proved their love remains strong, despite all obstacles thrown their way: in a speech in honor of Nelson Mandela Day at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, the Duke of Sussex referred to Meghan as his “soulmate.”

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.