Meghan Markle ‘signs up Oprah’s party planner for low-key 40th birthday celebration’

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Meghan Markle has reportedly hired Oprah Winfrey’s previous party planner for her 40th birthday bash, as a source claimed the Duchess of Sussex will be celebrating her special milestone with around 65 guests on Wednesday.

The royal mother-of-two, who is married to Prince Harry, 36, is said to be excited to share a soirée with a select group of friends and family.

According to reports, Meghan, who turns 40 on 4 August, will be keeping the celebration very “low-key”.

It has been claimed that the Duchess of Sussex has got Oprah’s planner Colin Cowie on-board to help her with the arrangements, decorations and other party essentials.

The party is reportedly set to be taking place at the royal couple’s £11million sun-soaked Santa Barbara, California, home.

Oprah, who conducted a bombshell TV interview with Meghan and Harry in March earlier this year, was also reportedly the one who recommended Colin for her friend’s 40th.

A source told the Mirror: “Meghan wants a small gathering. About 65 people are invited, her closest friends and family.”

The publication went on to report that Colin was “recommended” to the Duchess of Sussex by Oprah.

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The source added: "Colin was recommended to her by Oprah who always puts on fabulous parties."

Colin is a well-known celebrity party planner, and has also created stunning events for A-List stars such as Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Aniston in the past.

The party is said to be an incredibly elegant and beautiful affair, and will feature a number of stunning personal touches.

There will be also reportedly be “grazing tables” full of delicious foods, snacks and nibbles for the former Suits actress’ friends and family to enjoy at the event.

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Locally sourced foods and wines will also reportedly be provided for the guests.

Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is said to have arranged for a gorgeous semi-naked birthday cake for his wife’s special day from a local bakery called Posies & Sugar.

The small business is known to decorate cakes in a simple iced style and often use delicate flowers to complete the bakes.

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Meghan has been known to pull out all the stops for her celebrations in the past, as aside from the royal couple’s incredible wedding at Windsor Castle she also enjoyed a gorgeous baby shower worth a reported $500,000 in New York ahead of giving birth to Archie, now two.

Despite that, the Duchess’s 40th is expected to be a much more pared-down affair, and will be in keeping with California’s coronavirus restrictions.

OK! has contacted Meghan Markle's representative for comment.

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