Happy 41st birthday Meghan! Prince William and Kate Middleton lead the royal family in sending best wishes with the Duchess
- Prince William and Kate Middleton were the first to wish Meghan happy birthday
- Moments later, Prince Charles and Camilla also shared a birthday message
- Both couples shared a photo of the Duchess of Sussex at the Jubilee for occasion
Prince William and Kate Middleton lead the royal family in sending their well-wishes to Meghan Markle on her 41st birthday today.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s Instagram and Twitter accounts posted a photograph of the Duchess of Sussex from the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in June alongside the simple message: ‘Wishing a happy birthday to the Duchess of Sussex!’
Shortly afterwards, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall went on to share a similar message and image of the mother-of-two, 41.
The images selected by both couples show Meghan at the Queen’s Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, and do not feature her husband Prince Harry.
The service was one of the only events from the Queen’s Jubilee which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended. It marked the first time the couple were seen with The Firm since the frosty Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020, shortly before they officially stepped down as senior royals.
Prince William and Kate Middleton lead the royal family in sending their well-wishes to Meghan Markle on her 41st birthday today
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram and Twitter shared a simple message: ‘Wishing a happy birthday to the Duchess of Sussex!’
Prince Harry and Meghan missed both the Platinum Jubilee Party and Pageant – as well as the Epsom Derby during the four-day festivities.
The couple made only one public appearance over the Jubilee weekend, despite flying in from the US with their two children – Archie and Lilibet.
They did not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour, and were also seemingly relegated to the second row during the Thanksgiving service.
Meghan is celebrating her big day shortly after it emerged her friend and favoured author, Omid Scobie, is writing yet another book, promising a ‘new chapter of the royal story’ that will dish out ‘exclusive revelations’.
Kate and Prince William were the first members of the royal family to publicly send their best wishes to Meghan today
The journalist previously co-wrote the bestseller Finding Freedom, a sympathetic account of Meghan and Harry’s relationship and how they came to leave the UK and step away from royal duties.
That tome went into exhaustive detail about the Sussexes over 400 pages, including specifics about luxury holidays and Meghan’s cravings for sweets.
But Scobie doesn’t seem to have tired of the subject that has proved so lucrative, with the new book – as yet untitled and written solo – due for release next year.
While Meghan admitted that she had authorised a friend to give interviews for Finding Freedom, it is not clear if she has given the nod to the follow-up.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall went on to share a similar simple message alongside an image of the Duchess from the Jubilee
Scobie does, however, promise ‘deep access’ to the Royals and their entourage.
Some royal-watchers believe the new volume may counter claims made in acclaimed biographer Tom Bower’s new book, Revenge, which is critical of the Duchess.
The book – which Meghan’s estranged father Thomas helped with – includes a slew of allegations, including that the Duchess once made Kate Middleton cry.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry is releasing his own ghostwritten memoir this year, which he has described as ‘a first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful’.
The news comes as it was claimed Prince Harry and Meghan won’t be visiting the Queen when she takes her summer break at Balmoral despite an invite.
Her Majesty reportedly asked the couple and their two children, three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, one, to stay at her Scottish residence and told royal staff to prepare.
It was said that the Sussexes would not have to spend time with other royals such as Charles and William.
However the couple, who last went to Balmoral in 2018, are said to not be planning to attend the Scottish Highlands estate over the next few months.
A Balmoral insider told The Sun and Page Six: ‘Staff have been told to expect the full list of royals including Harry, Meghan and their children.
‘They are preparing for the Sussexes.’
Another sources is reported to have said: ‘I would be stunned if they did turn up.’
It is understood the couple are planning to stay in the United States before the release of Harry’s memoir.