Prince Harry heartbreak: Meghan Markle birthday tinged with ‘deep sadness’


MEGHAN MARKLE has received birthday messages from senior members of the Royal Family as she turns 39. One royal commentator has claimed the heartfelt wishes are bittersweet for Prince Harry and his wife, as they are tinged with “profound sadness.”

Meghan Markle is celebrating her 39th birthday on August 4 and is understood to be marking the milestone in Los Angeles with husband Prince Harry, 35, and their one-year-old son Archie Harrison. Senior Royal Family members, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall all wished Meghan a happy birthday on social media, despite the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry stepping down as senior royals in March.

The sweet messages seemed to confirm Harry and Meghan are still much-loved members of the Windsor Family despite no longer being working royals.

One royal commentator has claimed Meghan’s birthday is bittersweet because it may lead the Royal Family to reflect on what they have lost with Meghan and Harry’s departure from the Firm.

At the time of their wedding in 2018, Meghan and Harry seem to signal a new chapter for the monarchy and in their relatively short stint as senior royals they attracted a new set of younger royal fans.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams compared Meghan and Harry’s royal exit to “a great hope crushed in its infancy” – a phrase Harry’s mother Princess Diana once claimed could be her epitaph.

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Prince Harry heartbreak: Meghan Markle birthday tinged with ‘deep sadness’ over royal exit (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Harry heartbreak: Kate and William wished Meghan a Happy Birthday (Image: Twitter)

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told “The royal Twitter accounts wish Meghan many happy returns for today.

“Yet looking back over the last year the one has a profound feeling of sadness.

“Diana thought her epitaph would be ‘a great hope crushed in its infancy’.

“In a totally different context, this might refer to the enormous potential Harry and Meghan, with their global reach had as senior working members of the monarchy.”

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Prince Harry heartbreak: The Royal Family Twitter account shared a flashback snap of Meghan and the Queen to mark her birthday (Image: GETTY)

Mr Fitzwilliams added: “Yet it didn’t last two years after they married because of their clearly expressed unhappiness with what royal life involves.”

The Queen and Prince Philip are due to travel to Balmoral this week where they were expected to host Harry, Meghan and Archie this summer ahead of the pandemic.

Meghan and Harry settled in Los Angeles in March and are expected to remain in the USA for the foreseeable future.

International travel is likely to remain off the cards for the royal couple until it is deemed completely safe for them to do so.

Mr Fitzwilliams suggested they may have chosen to postpone their visit to the Queen until next summer.

He added: “As the Queen reportedly heads to Balmoral, it is to be hoped that next year, Harry, Meghan and Archie, currently trapped by the pandemic in Los Angeles, will join her as they were reportedly planning to do this year.

“Hopefully by then, they will also have been able to start their charitable and commercial ventures with success.”

Meghan and Prince Harry were expected to launch their new non-profit venture Archewell soon after their royal stepdown.

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Prince Harry heartbreak: Meghan and Archie on his birthday in Los Angeles (Image: Save The Children UK)

However, the couple are understood to have postponed the launch to focus on more pressing issues posed to people by the coronavirus.

Meghan and Harry have maintained ties with their UK charities with video calls during lockdown.

The couple have also volunteered with local organisations near their home in Los Angeles.

Meghan and Harry have kept their UK home Frogmore Cottage despite relinquishing their royal roles and are expected to visit the UK once the pandemic has eased.