The youngest member of the royal family, Prince Louis, celebrated his first birthday yesterday, and in a rare royal move, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wished their young nephew a happy birthday via social media.
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A birthday prince
Using their newly created Sussex Royal Instagram account, Aunt Meghan and Uncle Harry sent their well-wishes to the little Prince by commenting on the photos shared on the Kensington Palace Instagram account – run by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The three photos, taken by Kate Middleton, show Prince Louis playing happily in the grounds of the family’s home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, where they have been spending the past few weeks while the children are on school holidays.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share these new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow,” read the caption.
Lots of love
Taking to the comments section, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote: “Happy Birthday Louis! Sending lots of love from both of us,” before adding a red balloon and birthday cake emoji and signing it off with an, “xo.”
Meg and Harry’s sweet message has fans guessing it is Meghan herself running the Sussex Royal account.
The public post has also worked to put rumours of a royal feud to rest after Harry and William appeared to give each other the cold shoulder at the royal family’s Easter service over the weekend.
News of a rift between the Cambridges and the Sussexes have been brewing for months, following reports Prince William warned Harry he was moving too fast with Meghan when he proposed in 2017.
The rumours then gained traction when Meghan and Harry moved out of their apartment at Kensington Palace where they were neighbours with Wills and Kate, instead choosing to take up residence at Frogmore House in Windsor Castle.
The latest reports suggest Meghan and Harry are now planning to put even further distance between them with suggestions they are hoping to spend some time in Africa following their birth of their baby.
“It’s more likely to involve them going somewhere for a couple of months, rather than moving somewhere,” a source told the Daily Mail. “When you look at the duke’s focus on environmental issues, it’s a great opportunity to go and work in a more in-depth way in one place. It’s an invaluable chance to be on the ground and do some hands-on conservation work, rather than undertake the ‘traditional’ royal tour model. The Sussexes don’t have the constitutional constraints that William and Kate have, so they have a little more flexibility to explore and be creative while being respectful of the constraints of the institution.”