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Prince William and Kate Middleton send birthday wishes to Meghan Markle

Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Charles and Camilla shared near identical photographs of Meghan Markle from their only public meeting with her in two years on her 41st birthday today.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram and Twitter accounts posted a photograph of the Duchess of Sussex from the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in June alongside the simple message: ‘Wishing a happy birthday to the Duchess of Sussex!’

Shortly afterwards, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall went on to share a similar message and image of the mother-of-two, 41.

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The images selected by both couples show Meghan at the Queen’s Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, and do not feature her husband Prince Harry.

The service was the only event from the Queen’s Jubilee which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex publicly attended. It marked the first time the couple were seen with The Firm since the frosty Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020, shortly before they officially stepped down as senior royals.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Charles and Camilla shared near identical photographs of Meghan Markle from their only public meeting with her in two years on her 41st birthday today

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram and Twitter shared a simple message wishing the Duchess a ‘happy birthday’

Prince Harry and Meghan missed both the Platinum Jubilee Party and Pageant – as well as the Epsom Derby during the four-day festivities.

The couple made only one public appearance over the Jubilee weekend, despite flying in from the US with their two children – Archie and Lilibet.

They did not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour, and were also seemingly relegated to the second row during the Thanksgiving service.

Palace aides were said to have choreographed timings for the Platinum Jubilee service to ensure that Prince William and Kate didn’t bump into Meghan and Harry.

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall went on to share a similar simple message alongside an image of the Duchess from the Jubilee

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The service was the only event from the Queen’s Jubilee which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex publicly attended

The couple sat apart from Prince William, Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla in the church after royal aides ensured they sat on separate sides of the aisle in a carefully orchestrated plan.

As well as the seating arrangements in the cathedral, timings were also carefully considered by Palace aides, with the couple arriving and leaving the service at different times to William and Kate to avoid bumping into each other.

Harry and William have had a long-standing feud, while Harry has accused his father Charles of cutting him off financially and Meghan claimed an unnamed royal made a comment about Archie’s skin tone before he was born – with the Sussexes having a war of words with the Palace following last year’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.

Meghan is celebrating her big day shortly after it emerged her friend and favoured author, Omid Scobie, is writing yet another book, promising a ‘new chapter of the royal story’ that will dish out ‘exclusive revelations’.

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Kate and Prince William were the first members of the royal family to publicly send their best wishes to Meghan today 

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