‘Low-key’ fourth birthday party for Prince Archie at Harry and Meghan’s £11million California home as his cousins take center stage at coronation
- Sources said Archie had a lemon cake baked with fruit from their garden
- Prince Harry hurried to Heathrow Airport immediately after the coronation service
Prince Archie enjoyed a ‘low-key’ fourth birthday party at home yesterday as his cousins took center stage at the coronation.
Sources close to the Sussexes confirmed that Archie had a “private party” on his birthday at the £11 million mansion in Montecito, California, and a lemon tart baked by the Duchess of Sussex with fruit from their garden.
Prince Harry left the coronation straight after the service and hurried to Heathrow in a darkened electric BMW, where he was escorted to the VIP Windsor Suite.
“He was always determined to get back in time to spend part of Archie’s birthday at home,” a source says.
The Duke of Sussex was reported to have boarded a 3:45 a.m. flight that would have seen him land in Los Angeles at 6:55 p.m. local time. The drive to Montecito from Los Angeles Airport takes approximately 90 minutes. The source said: “Harry was determined to get back in time to put Archie to bed.”
Royal fans shared birthday messages for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie (pictured) as he turned four
Sources close to the Sussexes confirmed that Archie (pictured) had a “private party” on his birthday at the couple’s mansion in Montecito, California, and a lemon cake baked by the Duchess of Sussex with fruit from their garden
When asked if any of the partygoers included celebrity neighbors like Oprah Winfrey, the source replied, “Some of their friends are celebrities, so yes, that’s likely.” It will be a small, intimate gathering.’
Archie’s grandmother Doria Ragland was expected to be at the party, as well as Meghan’s close friend, makeup mogul Victoria Jackson, 65. Another source told the MoS that Meghan “stayed home to celebrate Archie’s birthday because she felt it wouldn’t look authentic.” to do something else’. The source added, “She wanted to minimize the drama.”
Her estranged father Thomas Markle, 78, told the MoS he believed “it was best” for the Duchess to stay home. “There are too many differences between Meghan, Harry and the Royals,” he added.
Mr. Markle stayed up all night to watch the ceremony on TV at his home in Rosarito, Mexico. “It was wonderful to see the good people of Britain welcome their new king and queen,” he said.
The mother-of-two apparently made a smash cake with strawberries and whipped cream while Prince Harry decorated their home with balloons to celebrate his first birthday (pictured), a source told People magazine at the time.
Archie is pictured with his parents and grandmother, Doria Ragland, living at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor