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It’s still early days in Santa Barbara, but we’re sure Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the couple’s children Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, have big plans for the Duchess of Sussex’s 41st birthday. While the celebrations in the US have yet to begin, members of the royal family have already celebrated Meghan’s birthday with several testimonials on social media. Although, like last year’s good wishes, Meghan’s 2022 birthday messages have one distinct difference from those two years ago.
First, let’s dive into how the royal family celebrated Meghan’s birthday. For their part, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall tweeted their photos of Meghan from the recent platinum anniversary. “Happy birthday to the Duchess of Sussex,” read the message from the Cambridges – you can see the tweet below.
Happy birthday to the Duchess of Sussex! pic.twitter.com/HrYdCbe6N1
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) August 4, 2022
A similar message was posted on the official Clarence House Twitter account on behalf of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. But if you look at the respective Instagram accounts for both profiles, you’ll see that Meghan’s birthday tribute is not listed in the grid. Instead, they have been moved to Instagram Stories, which we know will expire in 24 hours.
For the second year in a row, the royal family decided to celebrate Meghan’s birthday by removing her tribute from the gram grid. But two years ago, members of the royal family, including those of Cambridge, wished the mom-of-two a happy birthday with a sweet Instagram post that still lives on today. We have a feeling this trend has something (probably everything) to do with Harry and Meghan’s decision in 2020 to take a step back as working royals.
Not to mention that ongoing tensions between the Sussexes and Cambridges may have influenced the decision over the past two years. Like his wife, Harry’s birthday tribute has also received an Instagram Story treatment, leaving us wondering if this is a new trend that will inevitably continue for years to come.
Palace Papers: Inside the Windsor House – Truth and Turmoil Tina Brown
Even as casual observers of the British royal family, there is still a lot we don’t know about what goes on in the House of Windsor. 2022 promises to be a memorable year for the royal family. But with all-time highs come crashes and traps. Royal biographer Tina Brown takes readers from the troubled years following Princess Diana’s death to the rift between Princes William and Harry, Prince Andrew’s scandals and Queen Elizabeth’s unwavering determination against all odds. Palace Papers: Inside the Windsor House – Truth and Turmoil. Brown’s book contains intimate new details about the royal family and reflects on how the House of Windsor is moving into a new era.
“Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – Truth and Turmoil” by Tina Brown
Before you leave, click here for Meghan Markle’s best fashion moments as royalty.