Meghan Markle celebrated her 42nd birthday on Friday, but there was no acknowledgement from senior members of the royal family. Last year, the official Twitter accounts for the royal family, including Prince and Princess of Wales and King Charles and Queen Camilla, publicly wished Meghan a happy birthday on social media. However, this year, neither of the official Twitter accounts sent birthday wishes to the duchess.
On Meghan’s 41st birthday, the @KensingtonRoyal Twitter account for Prince William wrote, “Wishing a happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex!” and shared a picture of Meghan smiling in a white coat and matching hat. The Clarence House account, used to share updates on Prince Charles and Camilla, shared an identical tweet with a different picture of Meghan.
But in June of this year, there was also no social media acknowledgement from senior members of the royal family for Harry and Meghan’s daughter, Princess Lilibet, on her second birthday. Prince Archie also did not receive birthday wishes on his fourth birthday, which coincided with King Charles’s coronation in May.
The Independent has reached out to Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace for comment on the lack of birthday wishes. This year’s birthday is particularly significant for Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, as relations between the Sussexes and the royal family have deteriorated over the past year. The release of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix docuseries “Harry & Meghan” and Harry’s tell-all memoir “Spare” have caused further strain, with Harry making various claims about his difficult relationship with senior members of the royal family.
Tensions have consistently worsened since Harry and Meghan decided to step back from their royal duties in 2020 and relocate to Los Angeles. It has been reported that the Sussexes did not receive an invitation to a royal family gathering in commemoration of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. On 8 September, King Charles III is expected to mark the anniversary of his mother’s death and his own accession at Balmoral Castle. However, according to a source from The Sun, there has been no outreach to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex regarding the event. The source added that if they are not included in the plans, Meghan and Harry will find their own way to mark the occasion.
Ahead of Meghan’s birthday, she and Harry were spotted leaving a popular restaurant in Montecito, California.