Harry’s birthday snub to William before Megxit spotted by eagle-eyed fans: ‘Rude!’

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PRINCE HARRY was accused of snubbing his older brother Prince William on his birthday just months before he and Meghan Markle announced their royal exit, reports claim.

Harry and Meghan have stopped using social media since their dramatic royal exit last year, even though they had just set up their new platform Sussex Royal with an accompanying Instagram account.

Harry’s birthday snub to William before Megxit spotted by eagle-eyed fans: ‘Rude!’ (Image: Getty)
Harry’s birthday snub to William before Megxit spotted by eagle-eyed fans: ‘Rude!’ (Image: Getty)

This page was deeply controversial when it was first established in April 2019, as the couple previously shared William and Kate’s account — the split marked the beginning of a deeper rift between the couples.

So, when the pages separated, many speculated whether the Sussexes would continue the royal tradition of posting photographs of their relatives online to honour their birthdays.

William and Harry saw each other briefly during Philip's funeral (Image: Getty)
William and Harry saw each other briefly during Philip’s funeral (Image: Getty)

When the Duke of Cambridge was celebrating his 37th birthday, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, Ingrid Seward, claimed: “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.

“If they don’t, I think it’s pretty rude and will certainly be construed as purposeful.

“That is the trouble with Instagram, it becomes your slave.”

The Sussexes' post to mark the Queen's birthday in April 2019 (Image: Instagram @sussexroyal)
The Sussexes’ post to mark the Queen’s birthday in April 2019 (Image: Instagram @sussexroyal)

Speaking to The Sun in 2019, she said: “But it’s not as if it’s a cousin or a friend — it’s Harry’s big brother.”

The Sussexes’ account did not do a separate post for William in the end, but simply commented on William and Kate’s shared account — then called @kensingtonroyal, now known as @dukeandduchessofcambridge.

The comment read: “Happy Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge!”

The Sussexes added a formal comment to the post on the Kensington Royal Instagram account (Image: Instagram @kensingtonroyal)
The Sussexes added a formal comment to the post on the Kensington Royal Instagram account (Image: Instagram @kensingtonroyal)

Another commented: “Sharing a photo of the two brothers with a kind message would be so nice.”

This formal reply was in a sharp contrast to the celebratory posts the Sussexes published when it was the Queen’s birthday three months earlier.

They attached an image of the Queen as a young woman, as a grandmother with Harry and William, and laughing in 2018 with Meghan.

The Sussexes’ affectionate caption read: “Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny.

“Wishing you the most wonderful day! Harry & Meghan.”

Harry and William used to be close but now have a strained relationship (Image: Getty)
Harry and William used to be close but now have a strained relationship (Image: Getty)

The pair wrote a similarly warm caption for the Duke of Edinburgh, when he was celebrating his birthday just weeks before William.

It read: “Wishing His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Sir, Grandpa, a very Happy 98th Birthday!”

The Sussexes had to stop using their new domain name Sussex Royal after the Queen put her foot down during the Megxit negotiations last year.

She came to the conclusion that the couple could not continue to use anything with the word ‘royal’ in it if they were no longer going to represent her.

The Sussexes and the Cambridges used to share a social media account (Image: Getty)
The Sussexes and the Cambridges used to share a social media account (Image: Getty)

They were in the process of officially setting up the Sussex Royal Foundation, too — even though they used to share William and Kate’s charitable vehicle The Royal Foundation.

They were forced to abandon these efforts last year.

The Sussexes have since set up a three-pronged platform, Archewell, which covers their philanthropic efforts and their “creative activations” with Netflix and Spotify, which now provide their main source of income.

Harry and William’s relationship is thought to still be tense, although the brothers are set to appear together on July 1 for the unveiling of the Princess Diana memorial statue which they commissioned together in 2017.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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