PRINCE William and Kate Middleton’s birthday with the Queen “will be about family” unlike Meghan Markle’s “showy” 40th, royal experts have claimed.

The Duke of Cambridge, who turns 40 today, is said to have been given the go-ahead for the bash at either Windsor Castle or Sandringham Estate.

It's thought it was agreed he and Kate, who turned 40 earlier this year, should "celebrate their landmark birthdays in style".

And the Queen, 96, may join them and other senior royals at the bash – if she is feeling up to it.

And Royal biographers believe it will be a stark contrast to how Meghan Markle celebrated her 40th.

In August last year the Duchess of Sussex launched a much-hyped 40th birthday campaign.

Meghan asked A-listers including Adele and Stella McCartney, as well as members of the public, to donate 40 minutes of their time to "help women re-entering the workforce" for her 40×40 project.

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She promoted the initiative in a glitzy comedy video recorded at her home in exclusive Montecito.

But last month The Sun revealed it has reportedly been quietly dropped – less than a year after it was launched.

Now Angela Levin, who has long been a critic of the duchess, believes William and Kate’s birthday will be much more “wholesome” than Meghan’s flashy affair.


Speaking to The Sun she said: “The 40×40 campaign died a quiet death. 

“Did Meghan really think she could have celebs solve all of women’s problems within 40 minutes? It’s ridiculous.

“William and Kate will be equals on their birthday. It won't be about either of them, it'll be about both of them.

“It will be very family-oriented and wholesome rather than ‘look at me’.”

Meanwhile, Royal commentator Phil Dampier claims that William and Kate will focus on a guest list filled with friends and family rather than glitzy celebs for show.

He said: “As always I think the Queen will be telling William and Kate to start picking their guests as she did with their wedding.

“When they got married William was looking at the guest list and there were maybe 600 people and he said ‘I don’t know these people’.

“The Queen said to him ‘start with your friends – chuck it all away and start with everyone you know and work from there’.

“I’m sure it’ll be the same with this party.

“They’ll invite the people that actually mean something to them rather than who’s the biggest celeb they can get.

“They’ll bring the people they’re closest to, the people they work with, people from the charities they support.”

Wills has had joint birthdays in the past, sharing his 18th party with Prince Andrew's 40th, Princess Anne's 50th and Princess Margaret's 70th.

But in a royal first, William will not have the Union Flag flown from government buildings on his big day — a move said to spare Prince Andrew’s blushes.

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The Sun last night revealed the Government has withdrawn the honour for all of the Queen’s children’s birthdays — a change thought to have been signed off by Her Majesty herself.

Insiders said it was “so as not to upset Andrew, who is decidedly prickly on these sorts of matters”.

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