On Thursday, Meghan Markle turns 41, and according to People, she’s celebrating privately with her husband, Prince Harry, and their children, Archie and Lili Mountbatten-Windsor, in California. But likely before Meghan was awake, she already had well wishes from her in-laws back in the U.K. In the morning, Prince William and Kate Middleton wished her a happy birthday from their Twitter account, and about five minutes later, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, did the same.
Kate and William’s account said, “Wishing a happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex!” Camilla and Charles added a balloon emoji to their post, which read, “Happy Birthday to the Duchess of Sussex.”
The accounts both used photos of Meghan attending the Platinum Jubilee service of thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Using public social media to celebrate birthdays has become a bit of a royal tradition, and they usually feature either family photos or pictures at a recent formal royal event. Meghan’s presence at the service was her first appearance at an official royal engagement since Commonwealth Day, shortly before Harry and Meghan stepped back from their roles as senior royals and moved to North America.
Last year, Meghan celebrated her birthday by launching an Archewell mentorship program called 40X40, where she asked 40 prominent friends to mentor women attempting to return to the workforce after the pandemic for 40 minutes each. She announced the program in a humorous video with Melissa McCarthy, which also featured a glimpse of Harry juggling through a window at the couple’s Santa Barbara home. Princess Eugenie, Adele, Gloria Steinem, José Andrés, and Stella McCartney were also among the list of mentors.
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