The British royals came together on social media to congratulate Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex on his 36th birthday Sept. 15. But Meghan Markle fans are angry she was left out of the photographic tributes.
The Duchess of Sussex's fans were outraged in the comments sections of social media accounts of Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. They were especially unhappy with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - whose photo greeting had William, Kate and Harry but no Meghan.
One fan thinks the photo choice was intentional. Another said that it was "selfish."
On Prince Charles' Instagram account fans of the Sussex pair accused the royals of being rude for leaving out Meghan. However, in August, the royal family's birthday greetings for the duchess didn't include Harry in pictures.
One royal fan said birthday greetings for Prince William usually didn't include Middleton in the same way tributes for the Queen don't always include Prince Philip. The fan didn't think there was anything wrong with the family messages for Harry - there was "no hidden message."
According to E! Online fans have been looking for signs everything is OK with William and Harry. The biography Finding Freedom confirmed the brothers, once very close, were now distant and undergoing a rift.
Meanwhile, royal biographer Ingrid Seward said in a Vanity Fair report that Harry was happier than he has ever been. Seward said she doesn't think the duke misses his old life as an active member of the royal family.
A source, however, said Harry was upset he couldn't fly home to spend a summer at Balmoral with the royal family owing to COVID-19. In a video call to a charity group, the duke said he would have come home from the U.S. if it weren't for travel risks and restrictions.
Harry and Markle have been living in California since mid-March. Royal observers said the Sussexes would be in the UK for two events. Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie said the pair still had charities in the UK that required them to visit in person.