They say that life begins at 40 (up until then, you’re apparently doing research). So, the fact that Kate Middleton reaches the big 4-0 this week is a pivotal moment in the duchess’ life – and, indeed, a pivotal moment for the monarchy, especially since Kate’s taking an increasingly more central role in the family as the Queen scales back her duties. So, it’s fair to assume that all eyes will and should be on the birthday girl over the next few weeks.
But according to insiders, there’s fear among palace aides that a Sussex-shaped cloud could appear at any minute and cast a shadow over celebrations. After all, it’s long been noted that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a habit of dropping bombshells at the very worst of times and consequently taking the spotlight from the royals. And while there’s no suggestion that they do it intentionally, there’s no denying that there have been a fair few coincidences over the years when it comes to ill-timed photo opps and revelations.
Now, we’re told, palace officials are holding their breath and desperately hoping that they make it through Kate’s birthday without a Sussex truth bomb dropping without warning.
Could Meghan drop another bombshell on Kate’s birthday? ©Getty
“There’s a very real fear inside the palace about what Harry and Meghan could do that may consequently overshadow Kate’s birthday,” says an insider close to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who will be celebrating Kate’s birthday on 9…