MEGHAN MARKLE received warm birthday wishes from Kate Middleton and Prince William but the picture the couple chose to accompany their tribute may highlight the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have not spent time with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in over eight months.
Meghan Markle turned 38 on Sunday and members of the Royal Family took to their social media to congratulate the Duchess of Sussex for the occasion. Kate Middleton and Prince William shared a picture taken at Christmas time of themselves with Meghan and husband Prince Harry to wish the Duchess a happy birthday. But royal expert Angela Morland suggested Kate and William’s “strategic” choice of the picture showed the two couples have not spent much time together amid ongoing rumours of a feud.
Speaking to This Morning, Ms Morland said: “It’s very, very strategic although I wonder how many actual pictures they have with the four of them together unprompted.
“I don’t think they’ve spent much time together.
“That’s quite an old picture, shall we point out? That was from Christmas time so they obviously don’t have a picture of themselves together from the past eight months.”
However, Ms Morland welcomed the picture for the “collegial” vibe the picture was giving off: “I like the fact that’s very collegial, it makes it look like they’re a unit, they’re happy with each other.
Meghan Markle has been dogged by rumours of a rift with Kate and William (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle received birthday wishes from Kate and William on Instagram (Image: GETTY)
If they hadn’t said anything, they would have been criticised for that
“If they hadn’t said anything, they would have been criticised for that.”
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have been dogged by persistent rumours of a feud the Royal Family but several outings the two Duchesses have gone on together in the past few months appeared to dismiss claims of a split.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex this week officially launched their personal charitable organisation after splitting up from the Royal Foundation they used to work on with William and Kate in June.
Announcement of the break up fuelled further speculation of relations between the two couples falling out after Meghan married into the family in May 2018.
Kate and William opted for a picture taken at Christmas to celebrate Meghan’s birthday (Image: GETTY)
A source last year told the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English: “While there are some tensions behind the scenes, Kate is pretty unflappable and nothing has become bad enough to make Harry and Meghan want to move out.
“People are genuinely pleased to see them so happy.
“The truth is that there simply isn’t enough room at Kensington Palace for them and I know they have been looking at Windsor as a possibility since before the wedding.”
Meghan and Harry relocated out of Kensington Palace shortly before the birth of their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and after the Queen granted the couple their personal household.
Meghan Markle and Kate were originally believed to be embroiled in a feud (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry and William were later claimed to have had a falling out (Image: GETTY)
Royal commentators have also suggested Prince William and Prince Harry originally caused the rift after the Duke of Cambridge gave his younger brother some unsolicited advice about his future bride.
Ms Morland had previously said: “There is some suggestion the rift sprung from Harry and William – William warned Harry maybe he needed to take a bit more time before he got married.
“These things, there’s always some truth in them, as we know to look back at the Charles-Diana years. The fact is they are part of the same family, they have to go to things together.”
Paul Burrell, a former courtier and confidence to Princess Diana, claimed the Duke of Sussex had felt “envious” of his brother due to his relationship with Kate and their children.
Mr Burrell said: “I think for a long time Harry has looked at his brother and envied him and thought ‘I’d like some of that, I’d like a nice family around me.’
“And now he has it, so it’s the beginning of the future for Harry.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK