The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton publicly wished Meghan Markle a happy birthday amid reports of a rift between the Sussexes and the royal family.

Meghan Markle has turned 40 on Wednesday, August 4, with her in-laws led by Queen Elizabeth II publicly greeting her on social media.

The Royal Family account, representing the Queen, shared three photos of Markle, including an image of the Queen and Markle and one with Markle, Prince Harry, and their two-year-old son. The photo caption reads: "Wishing the Duchess of Sussex a very Happy Birthday today!" 

Along with a birthday greeting that reads "Wishing a Happy 40th Birthday to the Duchess of Sussex," Prince William and Kate Middleton also posted a photo of Markle from her 2018 Royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga, ET Online reported.

The Clarence House account, representing Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, shared another photo of Meghan Markle for her birthday with a caption: "Wishing the Duchess of Sussex a very happy 40th birthday!"

The Sussex family had officially stepped down as senior members of the royal family. They had also opened up their life as royals during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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Royal Family Rift With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

The royal family's relationship with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has been strained in recent years, and it is no secret.

In an explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, Markle revealed that a royal family member expressed concern about how dark her unborn child's skin might be. On the other hand, Prince Harry called out his father, Prince Charles, for not returning his calls.

But Meghan was complimentary toward the Queen during the interview, saying the Queen"has always been wonderful to me."

Newsweek reported that Buckingham Palace released a statement a few days after the interview, saying some recollections may vary. 

Prince Harry still returns to the United Kingdom to be with family on certain occasions, including the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip. The Duke of Sussex also returned to the United Kingdom in July for the unveiling of his late mother's statue. The statue of Princess Diana was located at Kensington Palace.

Meghan Markle did not attend both occasions as she was pregnant during the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral and has just given birth to their daughter Lilibet at the time of the statue unveiling, CBS 8 reported.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Projects

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their first project with Netflix in April, featuring "The Invictus Games," a tournament for wounded veterans, CBS News reported.

With the working title "Heart of Invictus," the series will be directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and produced by Joanna Natasegara.

Last month, Markle and Harry announced that their second Netflix project would be focusing on a 12-year-old girl's adventures in an animated series. The working title of the said animated series would be "Pearl, according to an Associated Press report.

Meghan Markle will serve as an executive producer with filmmaker David Furnish, who had worked as a producer on "Rocketman" and "Sherlock Gnomes."

The couple is also creating content podcasts for Spotify. They are currently living in California after they decided to walk away from their Royal duties. A lot of women from history inspired the animated series.

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Written by: Mary Webber

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