MEGHAN Markle has sent out out sweet thank you cards to fans who wished her a happy birthday – but eagle-eyed royal watchers noted they arrived in Kensington Palace envelopes despite the couple's split from the Cambridge household.
The Duchess of Sussex turned 38 on 4 August last month and chose the same photo Prince Harry used for his Instagram birthday wishes to send out to royal fans.
Taken during the couple's Australia tour (shortly after they confirmed Meghan's pregnancy), the Duchess looks sensational in a blue shirt dress by Veronica Beard.
Meghan's thank you note read: "The Duchess of Sussex was so touched by your very kind Birthday wishes.
"Her Royal Highness sends her warmest thanks for your thoughtfulness and wishes you all the best."
Although royal fans were delighted with the thank you cards, a few noticed that the cards arrived in Kensington Palace envelopes – despite Harry and Meghan's Royal office now being located in Buckingham Palace.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted to create their own royal office in the grounds of Windsor Castle where their home Frogmore Cottage is situated.
But their bid to create a separate household was met with a resounding "no" from the Queen and Prince Charles, who fund their Royal duties.
A Royal source told The Times: “They wanted their household to be entirely independent of Buckingham Palace, but were told ‘no’. There is an institutional structure that doesn’t allow that kind of independence.”
Instead, the couple's staff has part of the Buckingham Palace office – which oversees the Queen and other Royals.
Kensington Palace is a working Royal residence – incorporating the offices of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, as well as Kate Middleton and Prince William.
The office take care of things like organising Royal visits, liaising with supported charities, writing speeches and dealing with media enquiries.
In more Royal Family news, Meghan Markle's new Smart Works clothing range will launch next Thursday – but it's only on sale for two weeks.
And Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton "don't wear diamonds before 6pm to avoid looking flashy", an etiquette expert has claimed.
Plus Meghan Markle has paid tribute to Vogue photographer Peter Lindbergh following his death at 74 and says she'll "deeply miss" him.
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