NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! With minimal fanfare, Prince Harry marked his 38th birthday on Thursday while still grieving for Princess Diana and the 25th anniversary of her passing.
The day of the Duke of Sussex’s “second saddest birthday” was spent paying respects to the late monarch, who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96. With more than 70 years in power, Queen Elizabeth II was the monarch who ruled for the most time in British history. Additionally, she was the second-longest-reigning monarch in history.
“Prince Harry was left at Frogmore Cottage with Meghan on his birthday today. Kinsey Schofield, a royal expert and host of the “To Di For” daily podcast, told Fox News Digital that other members are gone on walkabouts and viewing floral arrangements in honor of the queen.
“Unfortunately, Harry’s birthday follows the queens and the Princess Diana death anniversary. It has been dubbed as his second-most depressing birthday.
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In a car accident in Paris, France, on August 31, 1997, Princess Diana passed away. Despite her dislike of the media and the spotlight, she was referred to be “the People’s Princess.” In 1996, she filed for divorce from Charles, and the paparazzi eventually tried to kill her.
The official royal social media platforms, including those run by his brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate Middleton, didn’t even acknowledge Harry’s birthday.
“Meghan and Harry are emotionally exhausted. On social media, the royal family usually sends Harry a happy birthday. It’s likely that a post was already curated and authorized before the queen passed away. Royal observers question whether the absence of a post is due to respect for the situation or if Buckingham Palace is aware of the variety of responses to the Sussexes’ current presence in the U.K.
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King Charles III spent the day mourning the passing of his mother, while William and Kate, the newly-appointed Prince and Princess of Wales, were spotted visiting with mourners at Sandrigham.
King Charles is taking the day off to unwind and think, according to Schofield. Meghan will make an effort to make Harry’s day memorable by serving him a home-cooked supper and possibly a sweet treat.
Prince Harry and Meghan are close friends with Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie. The Brooksbank family dropping by to honour the king’s youngest son would not surprise me. Additionally, we have heard that heated discussions on Harry and Meghan’s children’s names are taking place behind the scenes.
Archie and Lilibet’s future as “His/Her Royal Highnesses,” titles given to those with direct royal ancestry, is still a major source of conflict for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.