Meghan's birthday may provide subtle sign that royal reunion is overdue - expert

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Is a royal reunion on the cards? (Image: Getty Images)
Is a royal reunion on the cards? (Image: Getty Images)

Meghan Markle's birthday may prove to be a signal to her and Prince Harry that a reunion with their royal relatives is overdue, an expert has claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex turns 42 today and even though it's unclear exactly how she will be marking her big day, no doubt husband Prince Harry will be doing all he can to make it special. Her birthday comes as relations between the Sussexes and the Royal Family still remain rocky.

Meghan chose not to attend King Charles' Coronation earlier this year and Harry is still at loggerheads with his older brother Prince William. The last time she visited the UK was last year when she and Harry happened to be here when the late Queen died and they stayed for the ceremonies and her funeral afterwards.

Relations between relatives on both sides of the Atlantic remain rocky and royal expert but historian Dr Tessa Dunlop says Meghan's birthday could prove a potential turning point.

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She told the Mirror: "We can be fairly sure royal Britain will be given a wide berth. Even on her 38th birthday (Meghan's last as an official member of the royal family), the couple hid away in Frogmore Cottage, apparently burnt by criticism of an ostentatious baby shower in New York and struggling with life as working royals. A reminder that their fallout with Britain runs deeper than just family, who are unlikely to let the day pass without comment.

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"Expect gushing social media posts from both the Prince and Princess of Wales and the King and Queen. Last year both couples celebrated Meghan's day with pictures of the Duchess at the Platinum Jubilee, this year fresh photographs from shared events are thinner on the ground.

"Meghan in black, honouring the late Queen would not be appropriate for a birthday message. A sign perhaps that a reunion is overdue."

So what might Meghan actually get up to on her big day? Tessa added: "Birthdays are a brilliant chance to reset. I anticipate that Meghan will use her 42nd birthday to take stock and look forward to projects less personal and headlines less hard-hitting.

"She might plump for a night in with her prince to signal all is ok on the home front, or perhaps they'll opt for a jaunt to their favourite sushi restaurant in Montecito with a clutch of celeb friends.

"A natural Leo and someone who sees herself as a leader, there may even be the launch of a new idea, like her 40x40 mentoring scheme to get women back to work on her 40th.

And with September 2024 proving to be Harry's 40th birthday, Tessa also wondered if this could also help soothe royal relations. She said: "We know Harry misses big crazy meals at the palace – he told us in their Netflix series – but Balmoral, where the royals will congregate later this summer, has long been problematic for the prince.

"Too reminiscent of losing his late mother, and made more complicated when the Queen died and Meghan wasn’t welcome.

"Birthdays are about self-care and I suspect Meghan will feel best protected in her home environment, with mum Doria and children Archie and Lilibet nearby.

"Big public statements and meetings with the House of Windsor have a tendency to take on a life of their own. That can wait. After all, there's always Harry's 40th next year."

Tessa Dunlop is the author of Elizabeth and Philip, The Story of young love, marriage and monarchy by Pegasus Books.

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