• Prince Archie had a big birthday
  • Prince Harry's son turned 6
  • The royal family said nothing

In a surprising twist that has royal watchers buzzing, Prince Archie, the eldest child of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, celebrates his birthday without a public nod from the Royal Family. As social media floods with wishes for the young prince, the official Royal Family accounts have conspicuously bypassed the occasion.

A Birthday Without Royal Fanfare

This article delves into the heart of the matter, exploring the reasons behind the silence and what it means for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their children.

May 6, 2024, marks a significant milestone for Prince Archie, the son of Meghan and Harry, as he turns five. Yet, amidst the cake, balloons, and social media tributes from fans worldwide, one thing is notably missing—a birthday wish from Buckingham Palace.

Archie's fifth birthday coincides with the first anniversary of his grandfather King Charles' coronation. Prince Harry attended his father's crowning ceremony last year, heading to the airport shortly after the event to fly back to California for his son's birthday festivities.

Meghan missed the coronation, staying in the U.S., where they moved in 2020 after stepping back as working members of the royal family, with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, now 2.

A source told 'People' magazine ahead of Archie's fourth birthday that a "low-key" party was planned at the family's home. "They'll have friends around them and Meghan's mom, Doria [Ragland]. Meghan will definitely have support that weekend," the source said.

Little sister Lilibet was also set to be part of the festivities. "They are so sweet together. Archie loves Lili. He's such a sweet boy. When she's not around, he asks, 'Where's Lili?' " the source added.

The policy switch 

On a day that could have been filled with royal birthday greetings, the Royal Family's Twitter account chose instead to commemorate the first anniversary of King Charles III and the Queen's Coronation. This move has left many fans and followers puzzled and somewhat disappointed.

But before we jump to conclusions, royal expert Danielle Stacey sheds light on the situation. According to Stacey, the Royal Family's social media accounts have, in recent years, particularly under King Charles III's reign, reserved public messages for working members of the Royal Family.

Since Meghan and Harry stepped back from their senior royal roles in 2020, they, along with their children, have not been on the receiving end of public birthday wishes.

It turns out, the lack of a public birthday wish might not be a snub after all. A source revealed to Us Weekly that there's no established protocol for wishing non-working members of the Royal Family a happy birthday.

This policy also applies to other royals like Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, and Zara Tindall, along with their offspring.

Despite the Royal Family's silence, Meghan and Harry's fans have not held back, taking to social media to shower Prince Archie with love and birthday wishes. The support underscores the global affection for the Sussex family, regardless of their royal status.

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As Prince Archie celebrates his fifth birthday, the conversation around royal protocols and public acknowledgments takes center stage. While the Royal Family's silence may have raised eyebrows, it appears to stem from a broader policy rather than a direct snub.

Nonetheless, the love and support from fans worldwide ensure that Prince Archie's day is special, royal acknowledgment or not.