PRINCE HARRY was criticised by outraged royal fans after his formal birthday message to brother William, and one royal expert has provocatively suggested Harry may have done it on purpose.
There are increasing reports of a royal rift (Image: GETTY)
Prince William turned 37 yesterday and Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex simply commented on Kensington Palace’s Instagram: “Happy Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge!” This was despite Harry and Meghan’s previous social media posts and birthday wishes being much more informal. They did not make a separate post on their joint Instagram for the second-in-line to the throne as they did for Prince Phillip when he turned 98 earlier this month.
When Prince Louis turned 1 in April, they responded with cake and balloon emojis and wished their nephew “lots of love”.
The Queen was met with: “Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny. Wishing you the most wonderful day! Harry & Meghan.”
And Ingrid Seward, Editor of Majesty Magazine told The Sun that this may be a deliberate snub in the middle of reports of a deepening royal rift between the Cambridges and Sussex’s.
Ms Seward said: “I think it’s a snub if they don’t leave one for Prince William as they did for the Duke and for the Queen.
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“If they don’t I think it’s pretty rude and will certainly be construed as purposeful.”
Ms Seward continued: “But it’s not as if it’s a cousin or a friend – it’s Harry’s big brother.”
Murmurs of a royal rift have dogged headlines for some time.
The Sussex’s ended their association with The Royal Foundation, a charity set up to jointly coordinate the work of William and Harry.
William was best man at Harry’s wedding (Image: GETTY)
According to one royal insider speaking to The Times, William was considered to be too controlling and the move was hoped to ease tensions between the two brothers.
The paper reports William may have asked his brother if he was sure he wanted to get married.
William spent eight years courting Kate Middleton but was concerned Harry was rushing into things by proposing just a year after meeting Meghan.
The Sussex couple also moved out of Kensington Palace so they will not be living near the Cambridges anymore.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK