THE Queen, Kate Middleton and Prince William today wished Prince Harry a “very happy birthday” – but Meghan Markle was nowhere to be seen in the pictures.
The Duke of Sussex will ring in his 36th birthday in Los Angeles after a whirlwind 12 months that has seen his life transformed.
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And the Royal Family tweeted this morning, writing: “Wishing The Duke of Sussex a very happy birthday!”
It was accompanied by a picture of the Queen and Prince Harry taken during a Queen’s Young Leaders reception at Buckingham Palace in 2017, rather than a pic of Harry and his wife.
The Cambridges then tweeted a photo of Harry racing William and Kate at a Heads Together relay at London’s Olympic Park in 2017 with the message: “Wishing a very happy birthday to Prince Harry today”.
Harry’s dad Prince Charles and Camilla then joined in the well-wishes, writing: “Wishing a very happy birthday to the Duke of Sussex today.”
The birthday messages come as Prince Harry has thrown himself into his new life outside of the Royal Family after he moved to the US with wife Meghan.
A source has said they are no longer receiving financial support from the Prince of Wales and viewed the £2.4 million payment as “another significant step in their new life”.
The couple previously took over funding for their own security when they quit as senior working royals.
Harry and Meghan have spent much of the lockdown supporting local charities in California or championing causes like gender politics and equality.
In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, the couple have spoken to young Commonwealth leaders and Harry raised the colonial background of the Commonwealth: “When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past.
“So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do.”
The duke and duchess were recently pictured at a preschool learning centre in Los Angeles helping youngsters replant their garden as they marked the 23rd anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales’s death.