MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have divided opinions sharply on social media after posting a previously unseen Christening picture on the day Harry turned 35.
While some were delighted, while others were quick to accuse Meghan in particular exploiting the occasion for PR purposes – especially since the couple took a PR battering for using private jets while calling on the world to be greener. The Royal couple have sheltered baby Archie from the world since he was born in May and he was not presented to the world on the day of his birth, while access to his christening was extremely limited. However, Harry’s birthday presented the perfect opportunity to share the touching image with the world via the Sussex Royal Instagram page – and Meghan did just that.
The Duchess of Sussex’s message said: “Your service to the causes you care so deeply for inspires me every day.
“You are the best husband and most amazing dad to our son.
“We love you – Happiest birthday!”
CNN’s Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter tweeted: “Wishing #PrinceHarry a very Happy 35th Birthday!
“His first birthday as a new dad was marked with a sweet message from his wife on #Instagram including a never before seen photo from Archie’s christening…”
Meanwhile Jayasurya Mayilsamy said: “Happy Birthday Prince Harry.”
And Carolyn Durand: “Sweet birthday message from #DuchessofSussex #MeghanMarkle as #PrinceHarry turns 35.
“And a sweet new photo of #Archie”.
Modern Sussex said: “Today Sussex Royal posted a collage in honor of Prince Harry’s birthday and we got a bonus image from the christening and I’m having all the feelings!
“It’s kind of grainy because the original was small but be still my heart…”
However, others were less magnanimous.
Sage14 said: “The shade is real! No other royal uses a pic of grifter #meghanmarkle in birthday tribute.
“They know she is not long for staying around despite what the P.R. is trying to spoon feed the masses.”
Another poster, Mizz Bronze, thought she detected a slight aimed at Thomas Markle, Meghan’s estranged dad, which whom she has a famously rocky relationship, and who is yet to meet Archie.
She said: “The most amazing father” to a child that is only 4 months old?
“Hm, I say its a dig at her own father.”
Dara Gloss was particularly caustic in her assessment of the picture.
She tweeted: “So predictable. Meghan markle is so boring.
“Everyone know the baby was born of surrogate, she doesn’t live with harry and Diana would have hated and seen right through this shady grifter.”
But Loxamillion said on Instagram “Oh look, there’s a new pic from the christening. Adorable. I wish it was a stand alone. Oh well. Happy Birthday Prince Harry!”
lemon121grove added: “THIS IS WHAT JOY LOOK’S LIKE. PICTURE PERFECT.”
Meanwhile holl_c_bb said: “The B&W photo of Harry kneeling in front of Meghan and Archie– how beautiful is that?! That photo is so candid as it captures little Archie and Harry looking right into each other’s eyes, with Meghan looking on….how very precious.
“This is the best photo, out of all them, taken that day…IMO…
But vibrant4u said: “The best husband huh? Oh, you have been married to another man before, I forgot”
Irritated Instagram user, floydhattierosie, said: “Do you want to keep it private? Or now you want the public to get their hard earned tax payers moneys worth? Can’t have it both ways”
apalmiola added: “How come she uses a title to refer to herself but not when she congratulates the Cambridge’s?? Meghan is truly full of herself she thinks she’s more royal than the actual royals”