The Queen, Kate Middleton and Prince William wish Meghan Markle happy birthday on Instagram as the Duchess turns 39 in LA days before release of bombshell biography
The Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have sent public well-wishes to the Duchess of Sussex on her 39th birthday.
The official Royal Family Instagram account this morning posted a photograph of the Queen, 94, and Meghan Markle on their first joint royal engagement two years ago alongside the message: ‘Wishing The Duchess of Sussex a very happy birthday!’
It was followed shortly afterwards by posts from Kate and William’s Kensington Palace account and the Clarence House account, run by the household staff of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The messages come as the Royal Family reels from the bombshell claims made in the Sussexes’ biography Finding Freedom, released next week, which lays bare a rift between the couple and senior members of The Firm.
The book, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durant, claims relations between the Sussexes and the Cambridges grew so bitter that by March, when Harry and Meghan officially hung up their HRH titles, the couples were barely speaking. It is also said the Queen was ‘blindsided’ by Harry and Meghan’s ‘Megxit’ announcement.
There are fears the book’s publication could spark a fresh rift within the Firm.
Today’s birthday posts suggest the royals, led by the Queen, are eager to quash the damaging public image of feuding households and present a united front.
The Queen selected a photo of she and Meghan smiling together in Cheshire in 2018, while Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall chose one of the Duchess on her royal tour to New Zealand in the autumn of 2018. Kate and William shared a solo image of Meghan crouching down to speak to a British schoolgirl.
Meanwhile two charitable causes close to the Duchess’ heart, The Luminary Bakery and Camfed, have announced they have teamed up to mark the royal’s birthday.
The Luminary Bakery, which the Duchess championed in her September 2019 issue of Vogue last year, shared a previously unseen snap of Meghan visiting their site last year.
Posting the picture on Instagram, they wrote: ‘To celebrate, one of our Luminary grads, Monica who is based in London, will be joining Tisiyenji, in Zambia from Camfed to bake cakes “together” from across the globe to honour The Duchess of Sussex’s birthday & celebrate ALL women with through their beautiful bakes.’
In recent weeks, fans of the Duchess have launched a fundraising campaign to honour the royal’s big day, raising $62,000 for Camfed.
The media spotlight in recent weeks has focused on the sensational claims made by authors Omid Scobie and Cathryn Durand in Finding Freedom.
The authors say they have spoken to more than 100 sources including ‘close friends of Harry and Meghan’s, royal aides and palace staff (past and present)’, with all the information in the book having ‘at least two sources.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex deny giving any interviews or contributing to the book directly, but the intimate nature of some details raises questions over who the sources were.
The explosive biography has claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘hurt’ the Queen by unilaterally mapping out their future royal roles without her approval.
Her Majesty is said to have been ‘blindsided’ by the launch of the SussexRoyal website which accompanied their Megxit announcement in January.