Was Meghan Markle’s Birthday Wish to Prince George Disrespectful?

It may be hard to believe, but Prince William and Kate Middleton’s son is already six years old. It seems like only yesterday that Middleton was standing on the steps of St.Mary’s hospital in London while introducing the world to their first-born son. Since then, we have watched Prince George go from being an adorable and lovable baby to a respectful young boy who is also now a big brother to two other siblings.

To celebrate Prince George’s birthday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided to share a series of pictures of their oldest son on the official social media page. Man fans were excited to see the new photos of the young prince and were quick to send their birthday wishes to Prince George. One couple that had also wished George a happy birthday was his aunt and uncle: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. While it was not surprising that Duke and Duchess of Sussex would want to wish their nephew a happy birthday, man people had thought that the message that they had written was very disrespectful

So, what was Markle’s message to Prince George on his special day, and was it disrespectful? Here is everything that you need to know about Markle’s special message to her nephew. 

Prince George turns 6

Prince George
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On July 22, young Prince George celebrated his sixth birthday. While the young prince was busy celebrating his birthday on a secluded private island, his parents made sure to take a few minutes out of their vacation to celebrate his special day with all of their fans on Instagram by sharing a few different photographs of the young, happy-looking boy. 

They captioned the picture with a sweet ‘Happy Birthday’ message to Prince George, while also letting everyone know that these pictures were personal pictures that were taken from the Duke and Duchesses of Cambridge’s home and they had also thanked the public for all of the birthday wishes that the young prince was receiving from the public.

Meghan Markle’s message to George on his birthday

On one of the pictures that were shared, there was a comment that was sent from Prince Harry’s and Markle’s personal Instagram account that read: “Happy Birthday! Wishing you a very special day and lots of love!”

Instantly, fans started to criticize the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s message by suggesting that it was extremely disrespectful. Some argued they should have addressed him as a prince since he’s the future king.

“What a generic way to wish him happy birthday. Not even saying his name,” on Instagram follower commented.

Another commenter had said: “One day Prince George will teach you how to be respectful, you will remember this day.”

Was Meghan Markle’s message disrespectful?

Markle and Prince Harry were not the only ones to wish Prince George a happy birthday. Prince George’s grandparents, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker-Bowles, had also taken to Instagram to share the slideshow of the pictures that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had already shared and they captioned the pictures by writing, in part: “A very Happy Birthday to Prince George who turns six today.”

Many people felt that because Prince Charles and Parker-Bowles had posted their birthday message on their own Instagram account – instead of commenting on a photo – the message was a little more heartfelt and personal.

However, it is important to note that American-born Markle had not grown up around the royal family and is still pretty new to the royal life and is still learning all of the many different protocols that the royal family has adopted over the years. Additionally, we don’t know if this was the only birthday message that Markle sent to Prince George. There is a good chance that Markle had actually sent George a more personal birthday wish away from the public eye. 

Not all royal fans thought that Markle’s message was disrespectful. Some commenters had said that Markle had actually sent George a “lovely birthday message.”

No matter how Markle’s message was interpreted, it doesn’t seem as if she was intentionally trying to be disrespectful to her young nephew in any way. What’s more, Markle appears to be getting a disproportionate amount of heat for the message but it is important to note that she co-shares the account with her husband.