The Sun‘s latest report, published Friday, corroborated Scobie to some degree: There will be a “low-key birthday celebration” at Frogmore Cottage, the tabloid reported, and it won’t include a star-studded guest list like Markle’s baby shower in February.
Apparently, that’s a PR decision based on the super-lavish shower’s subsequent backlash. So a party on Lake Como with the Clooneys? That’s reportedly out. “The Clooneys clan will be in Villa Oleandra on Lake Como and the Sussexes will not want to be seen enjoying more of their lavish hospitality after the PR disaster backlash post the U.S. baby shower,” an insider told The Sun.
There’s also a report that Markle isn’t inviting Kate Middleton and Prince William to her birthday party. (Yes, there is alleged royal birthday party invitation drama.) “It is unlikely that the Cambridges will be invited to Meghan’s 38th birthday on Sunday,” a source told The Sun. However, apparently it’s not because they’re on bad terms—they’ve been spending a lot of time together. Markle is just intent on keeping her low-key day chill.
Markle could very justifiably just wanting to be having a small birthday gathering at home with Harry, Archie and a few friends and family without there being some dramatic PR reason behind it—she’s in the spotlight all the time—but as we know, the royal rumor mill never rests. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for any birthday posts from @sussexroyal on Sunday, though.