Meghan and Prince Harry used to run @sussexroyal Instagram account, after splitting from Kate Middleton and Prince William’s shared @kensingtonroyal account. However, during Megxit negotiations with Buckingham Palace, the couple had to renounce their use of the word “royal” in all of their ventures so it is now defunct. They are yet to set up a new Instagram account to honour their new charitable platform, Archewell, so do not have a public outlet to share updates about themselves.
For instance, Meghan and Harry have not been able to wish Prince George a happy seventh birthday — but last year, they used their social media account to acknowledge the special occasion by commenting on a photograph of their nephew.
Under one of the photographs posted by @kensingtonroyal, they wrote: “Happy Birthday!
“Wishing you a very special day and lots of love!”
The message was finished with a cake and red balloon emoji.
It was met with derision by some royal fans, who complained that the Duchess of Sussex was ignoring George’s official title of prince.
Prince George and Meghan Markle
Meghan and Harry left a birthday message on social media for George’s 6th birthday
However, her fans were quick to step in to speak up on Meghan’s behalf.
One Twitter user wrote: “Wow, so the haters are moaning on the fact that Harry & Meghan didn’t put prince in the birthday message for George, they also seem to think it’s just Meghan alone who wrote the message, the haters would have complained regardless if they had put prince or not.”
The account added that the criticism was pointed towards Meghan but it was sent from the joint Sussexes’ account.
Meghan and Harry were therefore equally responsible for sending the message.
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The user continued: “How can people just single out Meghan when the birthday message came from Meghan AND Harry’s Instagram account, this was the perfect excuse for the haters to use to single out Meghan YET AGAIN and bully her even more!”
Another supporter also spoke up and said: “Clearly wishing the birthday boy Prince George since that was the focus of the post.
“Dissatisfied with own lives, haters trawling to dissect anything for hating’s sake is all.”
Another fan replied: “So their nephew recently celebrated a birthday and yet another birthday message failed to meet their requirements.”
An additional comment read: “When it was Will’s birthday Meghan AND Harry addressed him as prince William but you haters complained that it was too formal.
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“This is just the perfect excuse for you haters to use to single out Meghan yet again and bully her!”
Some Instagram users were furious when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex kept their congratulations for Prince William simple for his 37th birthday in June last year.
The Sussexes wrote: “Happy Birthday to the Duke of Cambridge!”
An angry fan replied: “@sussexroyal you can’t even do your own post for your brother?
“That just seems tactless, especially when it is said that Meghan runs the page.
“Interesting way to feed the rumours.”
Reports of a rift between the royal brothers have been circulating for years, despite the pair being exceptionally close in their youth.
Royal fans were frustrated that the Sussexes did not address George as ‘Prince’
Some believe William tried to tell Harry he was rushing into the relationship with Meghan back in 2017, and since then there has been friction between the two brothers.
Meghan and Harry were also accused of trying to steal Kate’s limelight on her birthday earlier this year.
They chose to announce their decision to step back from the Royal Family the day before the Duchess of Cambridge’s 38th birthday on January 9.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex still wished her a happy birthday, but received a wave of backlash for not adding HRH.
A royal fan pointed out: “You seem to have forgotten to add HRH. You make it a point to add it when you refer to H&M. Please learn to give the same due respect to other members of the RF.”
Another royal fan alluded to the shocking announcement they were leaving the royal frontline, and said: “You’ve certainly made it one she won’t forget.”
Meghan was also accused of disrespecting George’s sister, Princess Charlotte, because her birthday message in May last year was written without mentioning her title.