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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry prepare for happy family occasion ahead of imminent UK visit

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will celebrate their daughter Lilibet's second birthday this week

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Archie and Lilibet at Frogmore Cottage
Andrea Caamano
Andrea CaamanoWebsite Editor
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were last seen in public earlier this month, as they travelled to New York, alongside Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, to attend the Woman of Vision Awards 2023, where the mother-of-two was honoured with a prestigious award.

Since then, and after being involved in a "near catastrophic car chase" involving paparazzi photographers, the couple have not been seen and have likely been spending family quality time in their Montecito mansion.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Doria Ragland at the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Awards: Celebrating Generations of Progress & Power© Getty
Doria, Meghan and Harry attended an event in New York together earlier this month

Meghan, however, will no doubt have been preparing for a very special occasion that takes place this week – Princess Lilibet's second birthday.

The Duchess is known for perfectly preparing for any celebration and in her and Harry's Netflix docu-series, Harry & Meghan, she was often seen setting up for parties or preparing fun activities such as an Easter egg hunt.

Princess Lilibet smiling whilst sat on the grass© Instagram
Misan Harriman took the official first birthday photos of Lilibet

Birthdays are very important for the Sussexes. Earlier this month, Prince Harry showcased just how important his children's birthdays are as he attended his father's coronation and flew out of the UK straight after the ceremony to make it in time to spend quality time with his son, Prince Archie, on his fourth birthday, which fell on Charles' big day.

While the couple will no doubt have a special day prepared for their only daughter, it will be a very different affair to her first birthday party, which took place in the UK.

Prince Harry seen lighting the candle on his daughter's first birthday cake© Netflix
Prince Harry seen lighting the candle on his daughter's first birthday cake

In 2022, the family-of-four travelled to London to attend the late Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and the Sussexes took the opportunity to throw their daughter an intimate backyard picnic at their Frogmore Cottage home.

Only a select few attended the private affair, including Meghan and Harry's good friend Misan Harriman, who took Lilibet's first official birthday portraits on the day.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Archie and Lilibet blowing a birthday candle© Netflix
The whole family helped Lilibet blow the candle on her cake

At the time, not much transpired of the family occasion, but fans did get a good look at Lilibet's incredibly special birthday cake.

Just days after Lili's party, baker Claire Ptak, who made Harry and Meghan's wedding cake in 2018, revealed she had created a stunning pink cake for the toddler.

Princess Lilibet's incredible first birthday cake© Instagram
Princess Lilibet's incredible first birthday cake

"It was an absolute pleasure to make this special cake last week for Lilibet's birthday. Wishing her a very happy year ahead!" Claire wrote on her Instagram at the time.

meghan markle prince archie princess lilibet montecito home© Instagram
Harry lives in Montecito with Meghan and their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet

Claire shared that she made the same lemon and elderflower cake she created for Meghan and Harry's royal wedding, but for little Lili, she used strawberry buttercream frosting.

Back in December, after the release of the couple's Netflix docu-series, fans were treated to a short video, which you can see below, taken at the private party, which showed Meghan helping Lilibet blow out the candles on her first birthday cake, as Archie climbs on the table to join in on the fun.

Harry and Meghan celebrate Lilibet's 1st birthday in UK

The clip also gave a sneak peek at the guest list, and showed Meghan's close friend Misha Nonoo in attendance. At the time, it was reported that Zara and Mike Tindall, along with their three children, Mia, Lena, and Lucas, as well as Peter Phillips and his daughters Savannah and Isla, were also in attendance.

Prince Harry walks down road
Prince Harry at the Royal Courts of Justice in March

Following Lili's big day, Prince Harry will prepare to return to the UK to give evidence regarding his claim against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) over alleged unlawful information gathering.

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