Meghan Markle turned 40 on Wednesday and on this occasion, the Royal Family shared tributes to the Duchess of Sussex. For those unversed, Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, stepped back as senior royal in January last year and moved to California to build their own empire.
The official Instagram and Twitter account of the royal family, which represents Queen Elizabeth II, shared few photos of Markle, including one of her with the Queen.
“Wishing the Duchess of Sussex a very Happy Birthday today!” the photos were captioned.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, who have not been on best terms with Markle and Prince Harry, also posted a photo of the Duchess of Sussex on their Instagram and Twitter handles.
“Wishing a happy 40th birthday to the Duchess of Sussex!” the photo was captioned.
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla also wished Markle by writing, “Wishing the Duchess of Sussex a very happy 40th birthday.”
In February, Harry and Markle permanently quit royal duties, an year after they announced plans to “step back” from their roles. The following month, Markle and Harry sat down for a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which the former accused certain members of the Royal Family of voicing concerns over his son Archie’s skin colour. She also spoke about the suicidal thoughts she experienced after marrying into the family.
There were several “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born. That was relayed to me from Harry. Those were conversations that family had with him,” she said, without revealing who was involved in those conversations.
In June, they welcomed a baby girl, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The baby’s first name, Lilibet, pays homage to the Queen‘s nickname. Her middle name is in honor of her grandmother and Harry’s mother, Diana.
“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales,” said a statement from the couple.