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It’s early hours over in Santa Barbara, but we’re sure Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and the couple’s kids Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, have some big plans for the Duchess of Sussex’s 41st birthday. While stateside festivities have yet to get underway, members of the royal family already celebrated Meghan’s birthday with a few tributes on social media. Though, much like last year’s well-wishes, Meghan’s 2022 birthday posts have one glaring difference from those that came two years ago.
First, let’s dive into how the royal family commemorated Meghan’s birthday. For their part Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall took to Twitter and shared their birthday tributes with a photo of Meghan from the recent Platinum Jubilee. “Wishing a happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex,” the message from the Cambridges read — you can see the tweet below.
Wishing a 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 shared from the official Clarence House Twitter account on behalf of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. But if you take a look at the respective Instagram accounts for both profiles, Meghan’s birthday tributes aren’t featured on the grid. Instead, they’ve been relegated to Instagram Stories, which as we know expire after 24 hours.
It’s the second year in a row the royal family has opted to celebrate Meghan’s birthday by omitting her birthday tributes from the ‘Gram grid. But two years ago, members of the royal family, including the Cambridges, wished the mom of two happy birthday with a sweet Instagram post that still lives on the grid. We have a feeling this trend has something (probably everything) to do with Harry and Meghan’s 2020 decision to take a step back as working members of the royal family.
Not to mention, the ongoing tension between the Sussexes and Cambridges might’ve added to the decision over the past two years. Like his wife, Harry’s birthday tributes have also gotten the Instagram Story treatment, which makes us wonder if this is a new trend that will inevitably stick for years to come.
Even as casual British royal family observers, there’s still so much we don’t know about what happens in the House of Windsor. 2022 is poised to be a memorable year for the royal family. But with historic highs come lows and pitfalls. Royal biographer Tina Brown takes readers from the troubling years following Princess Diana’s death, to the rift between Princes William and Harry, the scandals of Prince Andrew, and Queen Elizabeth’s steady resolve through it all in The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor — the Truth and the Turmoil. Brown’s book features new, intimate details about the royal family, and contemplates how the House of Windsor moves into a new era.
Before you go, click here to see Meghan Markle’s best fashion moments as a royal.