The Queen stayed "notably" silent on Meghan Markle's birthday, raising eyebrows from royal fans and commentators.
Meghan celebrated her 41st birthday yesterday (August 4) and it is thought she spent the day at home in the US with her immediate family, Prince Harry and her two children Archie and Lilibet.
But this year had a notable difference to her previous birthdays since joining the Royal Family back in 2018, as this year she was not publicly wished a happy birthday by the Queen in what has been described as a "notable" snub.
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Every year since she became the Duchess of Cambridge, Her Majesty has taken to the Royal Family's Twitter account to publicly wish her a happy birthday – even after Megxit caused a royal frenzy.
This year there was eerie quiet in the place of well-wishes, as the only post made from the account was about Princess Anne's visit to Edinburgh.
The Firm's official Instagram account also neglected to post about Meghan's birthday.
Royal correspondent Richard Palmer told the Daily Express that while it was "notable" that the Queen had not acknowledged the Duchess' birthday, it may not be for as sinister a reason as it seems.
He wrote: "The Queen's website neglected to mention the big day after deciding it will only mark the birthdays of non-working members of the family when they end in a zero."
And Meghan wasn't slighted by all senior royals, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did send a public birthday message to sister-in-law Meghan.
Kate and Wills took to Twitter and their Instagram stories, writing "Wishing a happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex!" along with a picture of the former Suits star taken outside St Paul's Cathedral during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations back in June.
Meghan's quiet birthday comes in stark contrast to her 40th last year, which saw her launch her 40×40 campaign – in which she hoped to gather 40 of her friends who would spare 40 minutes of their time to mentor women who were trying to get back into the workplace.
However, one royal expert described the initiative as a "bit of a flop" and called for Meghan to share the results of the campaign.
To Di For podcast host Kinsey Schofield said: "I think Meghan's 40×40 campaign was a bit of a bust, but it's hard to evaluate it without hearing or seeing any of the results.
"The intention was great but I think the execution was not," she continued.
"They should have followed up with unique stories about the elite mentors participating, what the women being mentored learned in the process.
"Did they get any professional opportunities because they were mentored by someone Meghan knows? That is great press."
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