There have long been rumours that all is not well between The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle and Harry. The two brothers were understood to have a tense relationship after Harry claimed William was ‘trapped’ within the royal system during his Oprah interview. Meanwhile, Meghan claimed in the same chat that she was left in tears after a conversation with the Duchess of Sussex.
However, any frostiness appears to have been put to bed as Prince William and Kate took to Twitter to wish Meghan Markle many happy returns as she turned 41 on August 4 this week: ‘Wishing a happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex!’ they wrote alongside a picture of Meghan taken outside St Paul’s Cathedral during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this summer.
The response from the public was, disappointingly, hostile as usual: ‘She really doesn’t deserve anything from us,’ wrote one critic. ‘I guess it’s to keep them quiet cause can you imagine if they didn’t wish her a happy birthday on social media,’ added a second. ‘Couldn’t think of anyone worse to say happy birthday to,’ spat out a third.
But the so-called ‘royal rift’ appears to be settling if reports from the Mirror about the brothers texting and FaceTiming with their children to ‘rebond’ are true. ‘We’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers,’ said Prince Harry in his documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. ‘We’re certainly on different paths at the moment, but I’ll always bet there for him, as I know he’ll always be there for me.’
Despite the onslaught of abuse, family backlash, and serious life changes, Harry and Meghan's relationship has still survived and they've now been together for six years. So, in case you want to look back on how it all began, here's a timeline of their hotly debated relationship...
July 2016: Meghan And Harry Meet
So when did the future Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were introduced by a mutual friend in July 2016, originally thought to be Markus Anderson (also the director of Soho house) but who was later confirmed to be Violet von Westenholz. Meghan said in an interview that before she met the Harry she didn't know much about him 'the only thing that I had asked [our mutual friend] was, 'Well is he nice?'. According to Harry he knew Meghan was The One from 'the very first time we met.' after only two dates Harry asked Meghan to accompany him on a trip to Botswana.