A few days have passed since Prince Harry marked his 39th birthday, yet there hasn’t been a single public birthday wish from the Royal Family.
Unlike previous years when the Royal Family would publicly acknowledge birthdays via their social media accounts, this time, there was a noticeable absence of well-wishes from senior royals, leaving Prince Harry’s birthday unacknowledged.
Prince Harry has been in the spotlight for his strained relationship with his family, particularly with King Charles and Prince William. His decision, along with his wife Meghan Markle, to step back from their senior royal roles intensified the rift.
They added further fuel to the fire with a series of high-profile interviews and a Netflix documentary where they laid bare their grievances which included being unable to contend with relentless media scrutiny and the lack of support from other members of the royal camp.
Many speculate the ongoing tension between Harry and his family is the reason for the Royal Family’s radio silence.
While the Royal Family failed to acknowledge his birthday, those in attendance for the sixth edition of his Invictus Games made a point to celebrate Harry’s big day, the crowd singing Happy Birthday to him. Prince Harry loved the song and gave a thumbs-up, while Meghan beamed as she sat beside him.
From all of us at the @InvictusGamesDE, a heartfelt HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the founder and patron of @WeAreInvictus, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex ???? You’ve given hope, inspired millions and never stop putting a smile on peoples faces ???? pic.twitter.com/ibbTuURDEj
— Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 (@InvictusGamesDE) September 15, 2023
The birthday wishes were not just confined to the stands of the Invictus Games, with fans and well-wishers from across the globe taking to social media to mark Harry’s birthday.
— ArchHazLiliMeg (@ArchHazLiliMeg) September 15, 2023
So much love all over social media for Prince Harry on his 39th birthday . Great to see the royal couple are so happy pic.twitter.com/GkZcDgb4o3
— terry christian (@terrychristian) September 15, 2023
— claire (@claireXanda) September 15, 2023
Happy Birthday Prince Harry. May you and Meghan keep smiling for the rest of your days. We love you so much ???? ???? ❤️ ???? pic.twitter.com/sIAdU4A4sE
— DAILY DIARIES FRIDAY (@Squad_sussex96) September 15, 2023
— Anna (@Anna__with_an_A) September 14, 2023
Not many People have the Ability to Motivate, inspire, encourage and Support People Through Their Words and Works.
However Prince Harry is Among Those Few.
Happy 39 birthday ???? ????????goes to Prince Harry ????????
we love and appreciate your hard work and dedication ♥️???????????????? pic.twitter.com/JJmdN1bDb5
— DejaHudson( Sussex squad)(H&M) ???????????????????????? (@ChanteHudson4) September 15, 2023
In addition to his appearance at the Invictus Games, Harry kicked off his birthday celebrations on Thursday, September 14 when he and Meghan enjoyed dinner at the Brauerei Schumacher restaurant with friends.