Dear Gossips,

It was Meghan Markle’s birthday on Sunday and we went into the weekend anticipating how her birthday would be acknowledged. As we know, the royals have a standardised social media play for birthdays. But the Sussexes are anything but standard. 

Being that it was Royal Meghan’s first birthday since the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, I was wondering if we’d see a new photo of the baby with his mother. That didn’t happen. The photo they chose is from Meghan and Harry’s tour last year, just after confirming that they were expecting. It’s the caption that has their signature all over it, with a message from Harry to Meghan: 


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That’s the extra personalisation that the Sussexes are known for. 

As for the other royals, there were birthday wishes for Meghan from all the senior royal Instagram accounts: 


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The Cambridges used an exclamation point!


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And even Prince Andrew joined in:


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Someone wrote to me this weekend describing it as everyone getting into formation in support of Meghan to kick off what’s expected to be a quieter month in royal activity as, typically, their schedules are lighter in August. So the Sussexes will be recharging before their South African tour in the fall, their first as a family. While they made the announcement at the end of June, no specific dates were confirmed. We will probably hear soon exactly when they’ll be on their way. Archie’s first trip! And I don’t think it’s an accident that this is the destination. 

Yours in gossip,