Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Celebrate Princess Lilibet’s 3rd Birthday at Montecito Home

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry celebrate Princess Lilibet’s 3rd birthday with family and friends.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their engagement announcement photo call in November 2017; Princess Lilibet's first birthday portrait, taken by Misan Harriman, in June 2021. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GETTY; MISAN HARRIMAN)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their engagement announcement photo call in November 2017; Princess Lilibet’s first birthday portrait, taken by Misan Harriman, in June 2021. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GETTY; MISAN HARRIMAN)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter, Princess Lilibet, turned 3 years old on June 4, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex marked the occasion with an early celebration.

The family hosted a pre-birthday bash over the weekend at their Montecito, California, home, surrounded by close friends, family, and some of Lili’s young friends, according to PEOPLE.

Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born in California after Prince Harry and Meghan stepped back from their royal duties and moved to the U.S. with their son, Prince Archie, in 2020.

The couple’s decision to relocate allowed them to raise their children outside the royal spotlight. Lili’s birth announcement, shared on the Archewell Foundation website, revealed that she was named after Queen Elizabeth’s family nickname, while her middle name, Diana, honors Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.

Harry and Meghan affectionately call their daughter Lili, a nickname they used in the birth announcement. In March 2023, the couple began using their children’s royal titles following the christening announcement for Lili.

A photo of Prince Harry, Princess Lilibet, Meghan Markle and Prince Archie from the docuseries "Harry & Meghan" on Netflix. (PHOTO: YOUTUBE/NETFLIX)
A photo of Prince Harry, Princess Lilibet, Meghan Markle and Prince Archie from the docuseries “Harry & Meghan” on Netflix. (PHOTO: YOUTUBE/NETFLIX)

With King Charles’ ascension to the throne in September 2022, Archie and Lilibet were entitled to the titles of prince and princess, making them Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

The royal family’s official website was promptly updated to reflect Archie and Lilibet’s new titles, and the children are now referred to as Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet in their parents’ biographies on sussex.com, which launched in February.

Additionally, Harry and Meghan adopted the titles Duke and Duchess of Sussex as their children’s last name, aligning with royal family traditions.

Despite their high-profile backgrounds, Harry and Meghan have chosen to keep their children away from the public eye. The world got its first glimpse of Lilibet in the Sussexes’ 2021 holiday card.

“This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a ‘Mama’ and a ‘Papa,’ and Lili made us a family,” Harry and Meghan shared in their greeting.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex attend reception in Lagos on May 12, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, KOLA SULAIMON/AFP VIA GETTY)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex attend reception in Lagos on May 12, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, KOLA SULAIMON/AFP VIA GETTY)

In June 2022, the family traveled to the U.K. for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which coincided with Lili’s first birthday. They celebrated with a gathering at Frogmore Cottage, their U.K. home until last year.

During this celebration, the couple released the first portrait of Lili, taken by their friend and photographer Misan Harriman. The photo, taken during a “casual, intimate backyard picnic,” featured Lilibet smiling in a blue dress with a white bow in her red hair, reminiscent of her father Harry’s.

Fans got a closer look at Lili’s first birthday celebration in the Netflix docuseries “Harry & Meghan,” which premiered in December 2022.

Over the years, Harry and Meghan have shared glimpses of Lilibet’s personality, describing her as “very chilled” and determined to “keep up” with her older brother, Archie.

Archie turned 5 on May 6, and the Sussexes celebrated his birthday privately before embarking on their official trip to Nigeria, their first international trip since stepping back from their royal roles.

A photo of Meghan Markle, Princess Lilibet, Prince Harry and Prince Archie from the docuseries “Harry & Meghan” on Netflix. (PHOTO: NETFLIX)
A photo of Meghan Markle, Princess Lilibet, Prince Harry and Prince Archie from the docuseries “Harry & Meghan” on Netflix. (PHOTO: NETFLIX)

Although Archie and Lilibet did not join the tour, Harry and Meghan kept them in their thoughts.

While visiting a school in Abuja, Meghan mentioned that Lili’s favorite class was “singing and dancing” because of “all the jumping around,” and that Archie enjoyed construction activities, as evidenced by his interest in the students’ robotic projects.

At a women’s leadership event on May 11, Meghan described her children as “very chatty, sweet children,” and expressed how much she missed them during her trip, especially on May 12, which was Mother’s Day in the U.S.

The recent celebration at their Montecito home was a joyful occasion, reflecting the family’s close-knit bonds and their efforts to create a loving, private environment for their children.

As Lilibet Diana turned 3, it was a moment of reflection on the journey the Sussex family has taken since stepping back from royal duties and building a new life in the U.S.

A photo of Princess Lilibet, Meghan Markle and Prince Archie from the docuseries “Harry & Meghan” on Netflix. (PHOTO: NETFLIX)
A photo of Princess Lilibet, Meghan Markle and Prince Archie from the docuseries “Harry & Meghan” on Netflix. (PHOTO: NETFLIX)

Harry and Meghan continue to balance their public responsibilities with their private family life, ensuring that their children can enjoy a sense of normalcy.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s approach to parenting highlights their commitment to providing a nurturing and supportive environment for Archie and Lilibet, away from the intense scrutiny that comes with royal life.

Their Montecito celebration was a testament to this commitment, focusing on creating cherished memories with close friends and family.

As the Sussex family continues to grow and evolve, they remain dedicated to their values and the well-being of their children, marking milestones like Lilibet’s birthday with love and joy.

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