Why Fans Think Prince William and Kate Middleton Snubbed Meghan Markle In Family Photo

There have been so many reports and rumors over the past several months about a possible royal feud that fans are now dissecting everything Prince William, Prince Harry, and their wives do. So it’s no surprise that after William and Kate Middleton shared a family photo on Instagram wishing Queen Elizabeth II a happy birthday, fans took notice that Meghan Markle was not in the picture. Many accused the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of intentionally snubbing her and voiced their opinions about it on social media.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Here’s why some think the royal pair just added fuel to the feud fire with the picture.

Fan reactions to photo without Duchess of Sussex

The queen’s 93rd birthday fell on Easter Sunday and to mark the occasion William and Middleton posted a birthday tribute to Her Majesty on their official Instagram account.

The photo used featured the pair with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as well as the queen, Prince Philip, and Prince Harry standing behind his brother without Markle. The photo was taken in 2016 before the former actress joined the family and fans made it known that they were not thrilled about the pic that was chosen.

The comments ranged from social media users labeling William and his wife as “passive aggressive” to demanding to know why Markle was left out to angry emoji faces.

“Interesting picture. Why was a picture of Harry barely visible BEHIND William chosen with no Meghan in sight? A picture is worth a thousand words. Wow,” one user wrote.

“Almost like you [sic] looking for trouble. Is there not enough rumors and speculation going around?” another asked.

Prince William was previously called out for snubbing Markle

This isn’t the first time Prince William has been called out for snubbing his sister-in-law.

In December, a video of the royals leaving church lit up the internet with some claiming that the future king was purposely ignoring Markle after she said something to him. The blink-and-you-miss-it moment was captured at the very beginning of the clip when it appeared that the Duchess of Sussex was trying to speak to William but he didn’t respond.

Many royal fans commented on the video and were split as to whether the Duke of Cambridge intentionally snubbed Markle or just didn’t hear her.

Why the latest photo probably wasn’t a snub

Fans seem split on the latest photo as well but there is some evidence to support that it’s probably not a snub at all since the prince and Middleton likely don’t run their Instagram account.

It should also be noted that whoever chose the photo also cropped out Prince Charles, who was beside the duchess in the original picture, and nothing is being made about that. So the chatter now may very well be more of an overreaction than a snub.

Read more: How Meghan Markle’s Life Will Change Once Prince William Becomes King?

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