Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Pay Sweet Tribute to Kate Middleton on Her 38th Birthday Amid Tensions in the Royal Family

Amid the tensions in the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t fail to pay a lovely tribute to sister-in-law Kate Middleton as she turned 38 on Thursday.

Despite how things are heated in the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan didn’t lose sight of the importance of family.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Women's Empowerment reception hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Royal Aeronautical Society. | Photo: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Women's Empowerment reception hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Royal Aeronautical Society. | Photo: Getty Images

In the midst of their major upheaval, the royal couple took time out to wish Kate Middleton a happy birthday as she turned 38 on Thursday.

As noted by PEOPLE, on Kate’s special day, Kensington Palace shared a new photo of the Duchess of Cambridge on social media, and Harry and Meghan took to the comments section to share their tribute.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at RSS Discovery as part of an away day to the Scottish City on October 23, 2015 in Dundee, Scotland. | Photo: Getty Images

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at RSS Discovery as part of an away day to the Scottish City on October 23, 2015 in Dundee, Scotland. | Photo: Getty Images

The Sussexes wrote:

“Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duchess of Cambridge today! ?❤️”

The congratulatory message came shortly after Harry and Meghan sent the world into shock when they announced that they were stepping back from their roles as senior members of the royal family. 

According to The New York Times, the couple also revealed that they would love to work to become financially independent and intend to shuffle between the United Kingdom and North America.

Daily Mail reports that the Duchess of Cambridge got into the birthday spirit earlier than usual this year. The publication noted that Kate kickstarted her year with early birthday celebrations with close friends and family. 

PEOPLE mentions that Kate and Prince William hosted their loved ones at their country home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk during the weekend. 

They then capped off the celebration by joining the Queen for Sunday morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church at her Sandringham Estate.

Some of the folks in attendance included Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, William’s childhood friend Tom van Straubenzee and his fiancée Lucy Lanigan-O’Keeffe, who happens to teach at Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s school.

Emilia Jardine-Paterson (L), Carole Middleton (C) and Michael Middleton (R) attend Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on January 5, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

Emilia Jardine-Paterson (L), Carole Middleton (C) and Michael Middleton (R) attend Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on January 5, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

The couple’s close friend David and Rose, the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley, also came around. 

The birthday celebration coincides with the annual tradition of the Cambridges to set aside a weekend at the start of the year to entertain their close friends for a few days of country pursuits.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on January 5, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on January 5, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

Usually, in the past, the Queen hosted the Cambridges and their friends at her Sandringham House for dinner. However, this year was different.

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