Princess Lilibet is three! Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s birthday plans – from ‘celeb guests’ to ‘surprise from the King’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter, Princess Lilibet, celebrates her third birthday today. King Charles' granddaughter was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California on June 4, 2021 and is the younger sister of Prince Archie.

Initially styled as Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor, it was confirmed in 2023 that she and her elder brother would use princely titles as their parents did not want to deny them their "birth right".

Even though she is seventh in line to the throne, Lilibet has spent very little time in the UK and was the first of the late Queen's great-grandchildren to be born abroad.

As she celebrates her exciting day, what is the young royal likely to get up to? Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond has explained a few possibilities.

This image shows Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, after celebrating her first birthday
Princess Lilibet is celebrating her third birthday -Credit:PA

"Three-year-old birthday parties are all about bouncy castles and little girls in princess dresses," Jennie told OK! "Of course Lilibet is already a princess, but I’m sure her mum will still want to dress her up for her big day. After all, that’s half the fun of having a little girl.

"If Lilibet is anything like my three-year-old granddaughter, now is the time that she will be pining for a pet to cuddle…and a make up bag full of child friendly (and washable) lipsticks and nail varnish. So I hope Harry is ready for guinea pig cage cleaning duties!"

Christmas card image of Prince Harry, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and their children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet
The family will be celebrating Princess Lilibet's third birthday -Credit:Alexi Lubomirski/Duke and Duchess of Sussex

As for what the day could involve, Jennie added: "I expect her birthday will be full of sunshine, squabbles with her brother, fun games with her toddler friends and some delicious home cooking from her mum.

"It will no doubt be in all American affair at their Montecito mansion and I would expect to see a sprinkling of celebrities and a laid-back party, which hopefully will include some other toddlers.

"It would be nice to think the day might include a video call to Lilibet’s grandfather, King Charles and hopefully some sort of gift has been arranged and will be delivered to Montecito for her birthday."

Archie and Lilibet are yet to receive roles during the Coronation
Archie and Lilibet have spent very little time in the UK -Credit:Netflix

Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet have rarely visited the UK and have not had the chance to build up a strong family relationship with their cousins - leading to experts to question whether the youngsters will be able to gain a strong understanding of their royal heritage.

After Prince Harry has made it clear that he would like his children to grow up with an understanding of their background, an insider told royal author Tom Quinn: "Meghan does miss some aspects of life in the UK and worries that her children will blame her if they never get to see their cousins and feel as adults that they have been deprived of what might have been a fun and meaningful existence in the UK."

the Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie
Prince Archie was born in London but has only visited a handful of times -Credit:PA

This idea, former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond says, is "a legitimate point". "Children grow up and are innately curious about their heritage and background… and when your heritage is one of the most famous families in the world, it will undoubtedly seem rather odd and perhaps sad that you hardly know or remember them," Jennie tells OK!.

"Imagine Archie, aged 15, telling his friends, 'My grandpa is/was King! And my Uncle is/will be King too.' But he hardly knew or met them. How sad… and Meghan would have to bear the brunt of the responsibility for that."

Jennie continues: "I’m sure that, like Harry, she wants the very best for their children... and that will include an understanding of their background. I just hope that by the time Archie and Lili grow up, things will be calmer and the family more united, even if they continue to live thousands of miles apart. This is not the children’s fault or responsibility so let’s hope the adults can make it a better world for the next generation of royals."