The Royal Family have seemingly taken a reprieve from their long-running feud with Meghan Markle as they wished her a happy 41st birthday.
The Duchess of Sussex celebrated her birthday on August 4, reportedly in Montecito alongside her husband Prince Harry, and their two children Archie, three, and Lilibet, one.
Details of her celebration aside, what really got royal watchers talking was the hope that the highly anticipated feud between the Sussexes and the Royal Family could soon be cooling off after the likes of Prince William and Prince Charles delivered birthday messages to Markle.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the first to deliver their good wishes, taking to Twitter to “wish a happy birthday to the Duchess of Sussex!”, alongside a photo of Markle as she attended the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.
Wishing a happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex! pic.twitter.com/HrYdCbe6N1
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) August 4, 2022
Prince Charles and Camilla soon followed suit, wishing their daughter-in-law a happy birthday alongside a similar photo from the Jubilee celebrations.
Happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex! ???? pic.twitter.com/r0LdKJ6ZZ1
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) August 4, 2022
Although the messages were brief and simple it potentially signals a major step forward in relations between the Sussexes and members of the Royal Family after a bitter few years.
Noticeably absent, however, from the birthday wishes was the Queen whose official social media accounts remained quiet for Markle’s birthday.
Instead, the Queen opted to highlight Princess Anne’s appearance in Edinburgh for the rehearsals of the Edinburgh Tatoo.
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Despite the Queen’s silence, countless birthday messages were delivered via social media to Markle from an adoring public.
— Elizabeth Di Filippo (@mselizabethr) August 4, 2022
With her mentorship initiative, 40×40, parental leave advocacy, and more, Meghan Markle has consistently used her platform to empower women and drive change. Happy Birthday, Meghan! pic.twitter.com/G0rZjeasPK
— The Rep Project (@RepresentPledge) August 4, 2022
wishing Madame Duchess, Meghan Markle, a very happy 41st birthday ✨♌️????https://t.co/VkajjsEoE0
— Laura Kramer (@Laura_Kramer) August 4, 2022
a very happy birthday to meghan markle, the duchess of sussex! thank you for all the amazing work that you do ❤️ pic.twitter.com/j0pCo272uM
— best of harry (@harrysussex_) August 4, 2022
Since stepping down from royal duties in 2020 and the infamous Oprah Winfrey interview in 2021, the Sussexes have been mostly estranged from the Royal Family.
Harry has been outspoken about his royal life several times, taking more than a few public swipes at the royal family which certainly hasn’t helped ease tensions.
During the Oprah interview, Harry described royal life as a “mixture between The Truman Show and being in a zoo” and opened up about Prince Charle’s parenting style.
“I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on,” he said.