'Sad' detail in royal family's Archie birthday tribute

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The Queen, along with other members of the royal family, has shared a 'Happy Birthday' message via her social media account for her great-grandson Archie's second birthday.

But royal fans have spotted a 'sad' detail about the photos used by her Majesty's account, as well as William and Kate's, and even Charles and Camilla's post, which some have pointed out includes a bit of a snub. 

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"Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today," the caption on the monarch's post read, alongside a photo of the Sussex family, which was taken almost two years ago when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle first introduced Archie to the world.

William and Kate chose to use a large family group photo from Archie's Christening, while the Clarence House account of Charles and Camilla also used a photo from the same day, but appear to have cut Meghan out of the snap.

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The relationship between Harry and his family remains 'frosty' despite his recent visit to the UK to attend Prince Philip's funeral.

He and Meghan left London in 2020 to set up a life in the US, after stepping back as senior royals.

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Now royal fans have pointed out how 'awkward' it is that the old images seemed to be the only ones there were to use for the birthday posts.

"Is that the only photo they have, taken two years ago?" one person asked.

"Happy birthday to Her Majesty's grand child. (Sad this page can't use more recent pic.)" another also noted.

While a third wrote: "It's sad that The Royal Family doesn't have an updated photo of Archie. The heartbreak... 😢"

"Very sad state of affairs when the supposed future king cuts the mother of his grandchild out of the photo with which he chooses to share. Yes, they haven’t seen Archie for over 12mnths, but to not include Meghan," was another comment.

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The Queen hasn't seen Archie in some time, but they are said to Zoom often. Photo: Getty

Meghan is currently pregnant with their second child, with the pair sharing the exciting news back in February.

“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother," they said in a joint statement. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child."

The pair announced the joyous news with a stunning black and white snap taken in the gardens of their Californian mansion.

In the photo, Harry can be seen resting his hand on Meghan's head as she lies in his lap cradling her bump.

The Queen hasn't seen Archie in some time, but they are said to Zoom often, as Harry revealed in his interview with James Cordon.

Archie's birthday comes amid rumours that Prince Harry might cancel his upcoming trip to the UK in July after the "very, very cold reception" he received from the royal familyat Prince Philip’s funeral.

A royal expert has claimed Harry, 36, may reconsider his return for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother Princess Diana.

“Some quarters of the family did give him a frosty reception and perhaps that did shock him somewhat,” Russell Myers told talkRADIO, adding the birth of Harry and 39-year-old Meghan Markle’s second baby could provide a “convenient excuse” not to “face the family”.

That statue of Princess Diana was commissioned to mark the twentieth anniversary of her death and recognise all the incredible work she did as well as the impact she had on the UK and around the world. It will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on July 1, 2021, marking what would have been her 60th birthday.

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