Royals ‘may have wished Archie happy birthday to avoid Sussex onslaught’

Royal Family members may have wished Archie a happy second birthday early to avoid an “onslaught” from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a royal commentator claims.

The Queen, Prince William, and Kate Middleton all sent birthday wishes to the youngster on Thursday.

Their messages were shared on their official social media accounts on Thursday morning and included photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Archie.

But Angela Levin, who wrote the 2018 biography Harry: Conversations with a Prince, questioned the timing of the posts.

She wrote on Twitter: "The Cambridges and Queen have wished Archie a happy 2nd birthday.

"I wonder if they put out the message early to avoid another Sussex onslaught."

It was not clear if she meant an "onslaught" from the couple or online trolls.

A family portrait was shared by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to their official Instagram account to mark the tot's birthday.

They have not seen Archie in over a year due to Harry and Meghan’s move to California last year after stepping down as working royals.

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The snap showed members of the Firm gathered around Harry and Meghan with their newborn baby Archie at his christening.

It was captioned: "Wishing Archie a very happy 2nd birthday today."

Meanwhile, a post was also shared from the Queen on the official Royal Family Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The post read: "Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today."

It was accompanied by a balloon emoji and a photo of the Sussexes clutching their son.

Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, later shared a message to their supporters on Thursday afternoon.

They said they have been "deeply touched over the past two years to feel the warmth and support for our family" in honour of Archie’s birthday.

The couple wrote on their Archewell website: "Many of you donate to charities on his behalf, and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service—all through the goodness of your hearts.

"You raise funds for those who need it most and continue to do so organically and selflessly. We remain incredibly grateful."

They also called for people to donate to a charity offering underprivileged communities coronavirus vaccines.

The Sussexes said they “cannot think of a more resonant way” to honour Archie’s birthday.

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