Happy birthday, Meghan Markle! As the Duchess of Sussex celebrated with her family, well-wishes from fans – including more than 34,000 tweets an hour – poured in from both sides of the Atlantic
The most interesting – and perhaps surprising – messages came from none other than the British royal family. Numerous social media accounts tied to the Windsors dedicated space to wish the Duchess a happy 39th birthday.
Could it be that they’re finally learning their lesson about how important it is to treat her with the same respect they’ve been afforded for so many years?
Contrary to rumors that the British royal family was going to “snub” Meghan Markle on her birthday, the exact opposite has happened.
The first to wish the Duchess of Sussex a happy birthday was none other than Kensington Palace – the mouthpiece of Prince William and Kate Middleton – who posted a lovely photo on Instagram.
They were followed by greetings from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
Clarence House – the “home” of Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla – capped it off with well-wishes of their own.
All three accounts referred to Meghan Markle as “The Duchess of Sussex,” affording her a level of respect that few in the British gutter press have deigned to proffer.
While there’s no question that there’s been a fair amount of royal family tension – to the point that Prince William and Prince Harry have a seemingly irreparable wedge between them – reports of unvarnished animosity towards Meghan Markle seem overblown today.
If nothing else, the royals seem to have no desire to marginalize Prince Harry, his wife, or his young son.
Video: Meghan Markle celebrates her 39th birthday
I wish the British tabloids would follow suit.
If they can blithely skate by the variety of disgusting charges that Prince Andrew needs to answer for, surely they can keep their opinions of Meghan Markle and her choice of nail polish to themselves too.