This week, Meghan Markle turned 41, and the Queen seemed to ‘snub’ her.
Meghan’s birthday was on August 4, and it’s believed that she quietly enjoyed it with her husband, Prince Harry, and their kids, Archie and Lilibet.
They reportedly celebrated her birthday at their California home. The Queen is alleged to have ‘snubbed’ Meghan by failing to publicly wish her happy birthday over in the UK.
The Queen has celebrated Meghan Markle’s birthday on the Royal Family Twitter account ever since she became a royal, but there was no post to commemorate her special day yesterday.
The Queen’s silence and absence of a public birthday greeting for Meghan Markle have given the impression that she has been sidelined.
The Royal Family Twitter account has publicly wished Kate a happy birthday every year since she wed Harry in 2018, including last year when she turned 40.
The account did not make any mention of Meghan’s birthday this year, though, and the only post it published yesterday was on Princess Anne’s trip to Edinburgh.
The official Instagram account for the Royal Family did not also share anything about Meghan’s birthday.
Richard Palmer, the royal correspondent for The Daily Express, called the failure to recognize Meghan’s birthday on the accounts “notable,” but added that it might be due to a new custom.
“The Queen’s website omitted to mention the big day after deciding it will only commemorate the birthdays of non-working members of the family when they end in a zero,” he wrote in the publication today.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did, however, publicly wish Meghan a happy birthday.
Wishing The Duchess of Sussex a happy birthday on Twitter and in their Instagram stories, Prince William and Kate wrote.
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They also posted a photo of Meghan that was shot earlier this summer during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Their greeting to Meghan on her birthday coincides with a conflict between William and Prince Harry, Meghan’s husband.
It has been widely reported that the two brothers’ chilly relationship was caused by William’s worries over Harry’s rapidly growing romance with Meghan before their 2018 royal wedding.
The tense argument swiftly came to a head when Harry, who had resigned as a senior royal, told Oprah Winfrey that his brother was “stuck” in the royal system.
As previously reported, there has apparently been tension between Meghan and Kate. During the heated dispute prior to the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding day in May 2018, Kate was reportedly left “sobbing.”
The claims that Meghan made Kate weep were denied in Finding Freedom, the 2020 book about the royals written by Meghan’s friend Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
However, Meghan said that she was the one crying in her and Harry’s candid interview with talk show diva Oprah.
For the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee festivities, Harry and Meghan traveled to the UK earlier this summer with their kids Archie and Lilibet. However, they were not pictured with William and Kate and are not known to have spent much time with them privately.
The Sussexes did not attend any additional celebrations; they merely made a brief appearance at Trooping the Colour and then went to a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were among the other royals who publicly wish Meghan a happy birthday.
Happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex! was written beside a photo of Meghan from the Jubilee celebrations on the Clarence House Twitter page. A balloon emoji came after it.