If you are Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, you simply can not win. No matter what your approach to the task at hand, there are snotty types standing on the sidelines waiting to critique you.
“Lots of love!”
The latest incidence of this was yesterday. It was Prince George’s sixth birthday and his uncle and aunty popped up on Instagram to wish the little guy a happy birthday.
Perhaps you saw the beautiful trio of photos George’s parents shared on Insta? If not you can see them here.
“Happy Birthday!” Meg and Harry’s birthday message began. “Wishing you a very special day and lots of love!”
Naw. So cute. But guess what? LOTS of people were not happy. In fact they hated the message.
They didn’t like it that George’s name and title were not included. They thought it was disrespectful. They blamed Meghan for its informality. And they took to the comments to let the Sussexes know they were unhappy – quite viciously at times.
No matter that Meg and Harry probably spent half an hour Facetiming the birthday boy and his family on their holiday in Mustique. No matter that they would have given him a brilliant present. No. People instead focused on the language used in an Instagram update. Le sigh.
“His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge,” one follower corrected pointedly – and there are literally hundreds more like that.
It’s not the first time that the couple has come under fire for birthday messages and gosh it’s hard to believe that is even a thing.
For Charlotte’s birthday, they wrote: “Happy Birthday Charlotte! Lots of love, H and M xo.”
CUTE! Nope. People were angry that they didn’t refer to Charlotte as HRH (Her Royal Highness).
“Princess Charlotte for you. When will you learn to have some respect, Meghan?” someone posted and again there are hundreds of similar messages, many of them targeting Meg.
For Louis’ birthday, they wrote: “Happy Birthday Louis! Sending lots of love from both of us.”
And guess what? Same deal. The royal title bores popped up and told them off AGAIN.
“PRINCE Louis for you! Sorry that your son is not a prince,” one mean bugger wrote. Yep. There are similar messages by the hundred.
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🎂 Happy Birthday Prince George! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share new photographs of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness's sixth birthday. This photograph was taken on holiday with the family by The Duchess of Cambridge. Thank you everyone for all your lovely messages!
But wait, there’s more …
For William’s birthday, the pair tried, “Happy Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge!” on Kensington Palace’s celebratory post.
Still not okay. They didn’t use William’s name and the message was deemed too formal. This time Harry copped some flack too.
“Is that all you could manage? You didn’t even post something on the account for your brother. Very sad,” one follower wrote crossly.
For the Queen, the couple posted a series of images on their now Instagram with an all-bases-covered message: “Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny. Wishing you the most wonderful day! Harry & Meghan.”
People seemed to like this one a lot more, deeming it respectful and a fitting way to honour the monarch. #SoJudgey
Honestly, this ridiculous phenomenon proves that people have way too much time on their hands, and confirms that Meghan and Harry’s privacy push for their family makes complete sense. Who would want to be exposed to this nonsense?
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended #TheLionKing European premiere in London at the Odeon Theatre. In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced #ProtectThePride, a global conservation campaign to support efforts protecting the rapidly diminishing lion population across Africa. As a part of their commitment to this cause, Disney also made a donation to The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming environment & community initiative which will be formally announced this autumn. The Duke and Duchess are committed to advancing conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, and working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. This evening Their Royal Highnesses had the pleasure of meeting the cast and creative team behind the film, as well as supporters of @africanparksnetwork, of which The Duke is President. Photo credit: PA images / Getty images – Chris Jackson