See the Special Way Prince Harry Wished Meghan Markle a Happy Birthday

Today, Meghan Markle celebrates her 38th birthday. And while she and her husband, Prince Harry, are notoriously private about their relationship, the 34-year-old Duke of Sussex took the chance to share a very public (and sweet) birthday message with his wife.

To mark the special occasion, the Sussexes’ communications team (presumably) posted a photo on the @sussexroyal Instagram account. It shows the Duchess of Sussex during last October’s visit to Tupou College and the Toloa rainforest in Tonga on their Oceania tour. As you’ll see below, Markle claps her hands and smiles in the photo while wearing a royal-boundary-pushing Veronica Beard shirtdress with not one, but two thigh-high slits.

The photo was taken shortly after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were expecting their first child, so it’s not only beautiful, it’s also meaningful.

To honor the occasion and the stunning candid of Markle, the caption read, “Wishing HRH The Duchess of Sussex a very Happy Birthday.” A cake emoji was added, of course. But that wasn’t the best part—it was obviously Prince Harry’s message.

“‘Happy Birthday to my amazing wife. Thank you for joining me on this adventure!’ – Love, H,” the note read. Um, can you say swoon?

Royal fans have long suspected that Prince Harry and Markle pen their own Instagram captions, and now we’ve finally received confirmation.

It’s not every day you get to be privy to personal correspondence between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but it’s Meghan Markle’s birthday and Prince Harry will get gushy if he wants to.

Happy Birthday, your highness.


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