Meghan Markle recently celebrated her 41st birthday, and though she and Prince Harry are still not on good terms with the royal family, she didn't let the drama get in the way of her big day.
“The Duchess is enjoying a lovely birthday this year with her family and dear friends,” a rep for the Sussexes shared. We can assume the former actress spent the day with Harry, their two children, Archie and Lilibet, and her mother, Doria Ragland.
Prince William and Kate Middleton didn't participate in the festivities, but the couple still shared a public birthday message to Meghan via Twitter. Along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall made a similar statement on the social media platform.
Meghan's birthday follows the Sussexes' recent trip to New York City. While in the Big Apple, Harry gave a speech at the U.N. during an event that honored Nelson Mandela. While giving his speech, the Prince affectionately referred to his wife as his soulmate.
As Harry and Meghan spend more time in the U.S., it's clear they're enjoying their transition into life as Americans.
"Home for me now is, for the time being, is in the States and it feels that way, as well,” the Duke admitted to Hoda Kotb during a TODAY show appearance. “We’ve been welcomed with open arms and have such a great community in Santa Barbara, [California].”
The couple relocating to Meghan's home state followed their decision to step down as senior members of the royal family. The move was heavily publicized and later addressed by Meghan and Harry in a CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Adapting to royal life quickly became overwhelming for Meghan, as she was forced to deal with the public response to her role as a Duchess while experiencing racial discrimination from tabloids. The situation wound up taking a serious toll on her health — so much so, she admitted she contemplated suicide.
“I just didn’t see a solution," she explained. "I would sit up at night, and I was just, like, I don’t understand how all of this is being churned out. I realized that it was all happening just because I was breathing."
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