The Duchess of Sussex was inundated with birthday wishes from the Royal Family the year she and Prince Harry decided to leave royal working life.
The Queen was the first to post a message of congratulations on social media before the Cambridges and Prince Charles and Camilla followed on.
However, Ingrid Seward, Editor-in-Chief of Majesty magazine, believes there was much more to the posts than just a short message of best wishes.
Ms Seward believes the Queen and other royals know how “sensitive Meghan is” and made sure to congratulate her despite the feud.
The Queen’s team posted a photo of the Duchess of Sussex smiling with Her Majesty at a joint event in 2018 in Chester with a message that said: “Wishing the Duchess of Sussex a very happy birthday!”
Ms Seward said: “I am sure Meghan’s first reaction will be ‘what a nice gesture’, then later she might consider it just part of the royal machine she and Harry hate so much.