The Sussexes ‘did a video call’ with Duchess Kate for her 40th birthday?

Britain's Prince Harry, his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Westminster Abbey for a service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force

It was the question no one was asking: did Prince Harry and Meghan call the Duchess of Cambridge on her birthday? Considering the mountain of shenanigans which has gone down in the past four years, I would guess no. But I always forget that Meghan isn’t like me. Meghan is actually a nice, conciliatory person. So maybe Meghan sent a small gift, something meaningful and inexpensive, like a photo frame or sheet music for the keen pianist. Us Weekly’s “royal expert” claims that there was a phone call though:

Celebrations from abroad. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made sure to send their regards to sister-in-law Duchess Kate on her 40th birthday earlier this month.

“They did a video call,” royal expert Christopher Andersen exclusively told Us Weekly on Tuesday, January 11. “They wished her a happy birthday. [It was] very private.”

The Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan author noted, “Harry and Megan were not about to post anything the way they did two years ago.”

He explained that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex publicly displayed “their affection” for Kate on her 38th birthday in 2020, but things have since changed between the couple and the rest of the royal family. “This time everything was kept private,” Andersen added.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who turned 40 on Sunday, January 9, enjoyed a “small family affair” at her and husband Prince William’s Anmer Hall estate with family and friends, according to the 72-year-old American journalist.

“Kate only has a very small circle of friends,” Andersen explained, noting that the duchess has an “interesting” tradition of baking her own cake — a “holdover” from her mother, Carole Middleton, who is the founder of Party Pieces.

The duchess opted for a “very low-key” party in part because there will be a lot of “big bashes” coming up for the royals this year, the author said. In fact, Kate’s husband, 39, will be hitting the birthday milestone in June, so a joint celebration is in the works thanks to Queen Elizabeth II.

“The queen has a big thing planned for [William] and he is going to throw something as well,” Andersen told Us. “So, there will be big parties again, if COVID allows anything like that to happen.”

[From Us Weekly]

On one side, I feel bad that Kate was basically told “lol, we’re not going to do anything for your birthday but we’ll do a huge blowout for your husband.” On the other side, Kate threw herself a huge, keen party in the media, organizing a wall-to-wall buttons extravaganza about how she is the most special, the most normal, the most queen-like person to ever exist. As for the alleged video call… yeah, doubt it. But I think my theory about Meghan sending a little gift is probably correct – Meghan seems like that kind of person.

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139 Responses to “The Sussexes ‘did a video call’ with Duchess Kate for her 40th birthday?”

  1. vs says:

    Meghan is a much better person than I could ever be! I would never ever talk to that mediocre woman if I were in her shoes
    A woman who used the racist narrative of the angry black woman attacking a fragile white woman ….. no way! so this convenient leak seems not very believable but it might just be because I know I would have ignored a woman like Kate for the rest of my life

    • ABritGuest says:

      Christopher Anderson is just trying to sell his book based on tabloid stories, other books & what Harry & Meghan have said in recent interviews eg talking about zooming the queen & Philip on Corden.

      I also feel like Kate’s mouthpieces like Camilla Tominey, Rebecca English or Katie Nicholls, not this guy would be the first ones to report on such a call if it happened to keep their “Kate the peacemaker” stories going.

      My guess is people like Kate & Will first saw Lili when we all did. There was radio silence on what Lili looked like in the press before their Christmas picture which meant their palace sources didn’t know & the press couldn’t make it up & be obviously wrong

    • superashes says:

      I wonder if Meghan’s gift was a bundle of sage to help Kate get that Victorian ghost out of her house.

      • Soapboxpudding says:

        😂

      • Christine says:

        She’s lucky Meghan is her sister-in-law. I would send roses for each and every remotely special occasion, if I were her sister-in-law. Arbor Day, Groundhog Day, and allllll the other days.

  2. Becks1 says:

    LOL, like he knows anything. The video call was so private but this american journalist/biographer has it. Right.

    And of course they wished her happy birthday two years ago publicly. They still had social media two years ago and were still using Sussex Royal on IG.

    I am sure Meghan sent her some kind of super thoughtful gift because she is a much bigger and better person than I am, lol.

    • Ginger says:

      The part where the reporter said Harry and Meghan expressed their “affection” for Kate on her 38th birthday sent me. All they did was wish her a happy birthday like the other royal accounts. They definitely didn’t do a video call but Meghan might have sent a nice gift.

    • myjobistoprincess says:

      I Think Carole is talking again, everything about Kate these days takes from her mother…. The Sussexes probably did call because kindness is what you would expect from them, it might have been a happy new year call combined with birthday wishes. They dont want to be calling twice a week. About Kate making her own cake, I think this might reveal something. It is very particular to be making your own cake when you’re future queen, for your 40th birthday. I think kate is very particular about what she wants to eat or not eat. As another royal insider said recently, how does she stays so thin… ugh

      • Gabby says:

        So Carole, after sanctioning a cascade of Meghan-bashing articles during Mutton Puff Piece Week, now acknowledges that her daughter needs to be associated with the Sussexes in order to be viewed positively. Got it.

    • BabsORIG says:

      The Sussexes would NEVER call any of the Cambidges, never. A call is recordable evidence and this would be the best gift to the Camridges. They would leak it left right and sideways with all sorts of narrative. Naahhh, the Sussexes are not stupid. This Andersen guy is probably doing drugs.

  3. NCDancer says:

    I look at those trooping of the colors photos and see how much Meaghan tried to fit in with that bunch. She tamped down her glow so much. But because she seems to be genuinely kind person, I am sure sent a lovely, thoughtful and likely pricey gift.

    • Jais says:

      How about a lovely, thoughtful but slightly petty gift:
      Clevrblends coffee
      A Netflix subscription
      A book about how to come into your own and find your voice

      • Lorelei says:

        @Jais, I’m liking your book idea, lol. I just browsed some of the different titles in the “Books for Dummies” series and decided that these are the ones I would get for Kate:

        —Productivity for Dummies
        — Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion For Dummies
        —Calligraphy for Dummies (because Meghan, obvs)
        —Building Chicken Coops for Dummies (actually, she probably doesn’t need this one as I’m sure she had a chicken coop created within 24 hours of seeing “Archie’s Chick-Inn”)
        —Body Language for Dummies

        This was fun (:

      • Jay says:

        I was thinking Meghan could offer Kate some mentoring or voice coaching through her various professional connections, so that we’re not *still* talking about Kate finally finding herself in ten years time.

      • lucy2 says:

        A copy of “He’s Just Not That Into You.”

      • kkim says:

        ‘netflix subscription’ LOL brilliant

    • MrsH says:

      Completely agree about seeing the pics of Meghan at the Trooping. The outfit is so unlike what we have seen of her style and the frosty light pink lipstick especially. To me, her sadness shows as much as her efforts to fit in. I’m so glad they got out of that toxic hellhole.

      • Lorelei says:

        @MrsH, agreed. I’d always loved Meghan’s style, ever since Suits premiered, so it was hard to see her having to wear things that she clearly never would have chosen on her own, but that she thought would help her to fit in with the other women in that fusty old family.
        Although obviously she always looked beautiful, it always looked to me like she never quite fit in; she was clearly wearing what were essentially costumes for so many of those stuffy events— and ita that it was particularly noticeable when she wore that pink one on the balcony. I’m so glad that she’s back to being the “real” Meghan again (:

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Yes, Meghan tried to fit into what they wanted from her, but it dulled her natural shine. Once they decided to leave, Meghan glowed, was able to dress much more comfortably and fashionably, and her brilliance returned. This article is yet ANOTHER admission that Kate cannot sell magazines unless Meghan is mentioned. Poor Kate will always be in Meghan’s shadow — even more so now that Meghan is free to shine again.

  4. Lauren Too says:

    Meghan probably sent flowers lol. Seeing as Meghan kept referring to her inlaws as “her husband’s family” I doubt there were any calls involved. Meghan is nice, not stupid. She knows that is useless to play nice with the RF.

    • Gina says:

      I hope you’re right. I’m afraid if Meghan would have sent some gift it would be used later as a proof that she is seeking to improve their relationship or asking for attention from “divine” Kate the Great.
      Meghan is kindhearted but not stupid. Flowers are the best option, I think.

      • booboocita says:

        Which is why I’m convinced that there was no phone call, Zoom call, gift, or card. There was no contact at all. Meghan is nobody’s fool. She knows that if she were to contact Kate, someone in KP or even BP would leak it right away: “Meghan called! She even groveled! She knows she did wrong and she’s ready to bow down before the greatness that is the Duchess of Cambridge!”

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        I also think Meghan sent flowers. She is put into an unwinnable situation. If she didn’t, she would be portrayed as a cold and heartless manipulator who shuns and turns Harry against his family. If she does send a present, then Kate will leak it to the press that Meghan is groveling and admits Kate is the one who is the peacemaker and influencer in the royal family. Flowers were the safest thing.

  5. Jais says:

    “In fact, Kate’s husband, 39, will be celebrating his milestone birthday”
    This is funny to me. Such a side character to Kate’s story, he doesn’t even get a name.

  6. LW says:

    Ughh hope not! Did anyone see that extremely racist and rude article about kannot (but really Meghan) by that wacko Petronella or whatever her hideous name is?

  7. Cessily says:

    I highly doubt that publication has the inside scoop. I hope the Sussex’s made a donation to a great charity in her name for her birthday celebrateme event, which would be a very Duchess Meghan thing to do, but trying to make people believe they are calling each other even for birthdays is laughable.

  8. Andrew's Nemesis says:

    This sounds like yet another attempt to fete the Birthday Girl (and she is still a ‘girl’; someone who’s been coming into their own for a decade and ‘finding her voice’ is hardly mature, now, is she…). How would they know what two of the most private celebrities on the planet, who rigorously control their own media and public images, had done/sent for Buttoned Mutton? Unless Carole Bennet send her squirrels out, as ever, to chitter into their ears?
    That being said, I’m sure that Meghan did send a gift. Because she’s a genuinely nice person and a humble one, unlike her sister in law. She spent her fortieth advocating for other women, rather than forcing wall to wall publications to be foisted on the British public. Who knew that playing a piano with two fingers and weaving in a new wiglet could get this much coverage?

  9. Scorpion says:

    I call bull. Just like I call bull on the kids zooming each other. Atp, The Sussexes have seen the true colours of the Cambridges. If someone did to me, what the Keens did to Meghan I would cut all ties but then again I don’t do BS.

  10. Noki says:

    I am sure the Sussexes tread very lightly with the Keens now,a video call that can be recorded and shared? I doubt it!

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Noki: Apparently it’s the Windsors who are afraid to talk to the Sussexes so the Cambridges wouldn’t accept their call because it would be leaked to the American press.

    • L84Tea says:

      How sad that my mind went there also. All I could think was ‘this never happened because that call would’ve been leaked immediately’.

  11. Lili says:

    I thought everyone was scared to speak to Harry and Meghan because it would end up in the press, so something is off here. We only know the extent of the Cambs behaviour from what we have surmised in the press, This stinks of Kate sent them Christmas presents. Based on the other story of William not wanting to attend the Diana Statue unveiling, that was going round a few days ago. I dont think Those 2 families are interacting. I call BS

  12. equality says:

    If K received a call, her go-to reporters would be putting out the info. This is the woman who had to admit she hadn’t seen Lili, so she didn’t bother to call up at the birth of their child (and barely bothered when Archie was born and they were in the same country) but we are supposed to believe this one?

  13. swirlmamad says:

    “Kate only has a very small circle of friends…”

    Yeah, that “circle” consists of CarolE and Pippa, but we KNEW that already, Sherlock. Funny to see it admitted in print though.

    And at best the Sussexes sent some 1800Flowers and called it a day. I highly, highly doubt there was any call. These idiots don’t learn — H & M said very clearly that these “experts” don’t speak for them and not to believe a word out of their lying mouths unless it comes from their spokesperson.

    • ThatsNotOkay says:

      Meghan probably sent Kate the same bouquet of flowers Kate sent her after screaming at her at the bridal fitting. And THAT’S the kind of petty I approve of!

    • Becks1 says:

      That part kind of made me laugh too – like wow, someone is actually admitting that she really only has 2-3 friends, and there is no one to invite to a party for her. I would feel sad for her, but nah.

    • Boxy Lady says:

      I was thinking the “small circle of friends” was more like this:
      0

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Yes, I agree! Keen doesn’t have any friends, no one would want to be her friend as she is the ultimate mean girl.

        As for this colossal lies this hack is peddling, I can’t imagine in a million years that Harry, yet alone Meghan, called Mumbles in any world scenario. Flowers maybe, but a phone call, NOPE!

        And why are they having a big party for Bitter Brother for his 39th? It’s not a milestone birthday?

        Sure Jan, TQ is looking to pull out all of the stops for Baldimorts 39th birthday.

      • swirlmamad says:

        I believe William will be turning 40 also in June.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Yep, 40 in June. Will he celebrate by dad dancing or rose gardening, or both?

  14. MsIam says:

    More fake news. There’s nothing stopping the Sussexes from posting birthday greetings on the Archewell website but they didn’t. So my money is on radio silence being maintained. Maybe a card was sent…..maybe.

  15. Edna says:

    This clown is blowing smoke out of his rear. He knows nothing just like all the other “ no nothing Royal experts.” No “sources” speak for the Sussexes except their official spokesperson.

  16. s808 says:

    meghan is very kind person and probably sent a small token but that’s it. i think she’s very done with all of them except maybe the queen who she probably humors for harry’s sake.

  17. Cg2495 says:

    Ha, Dona think so. Meghan is a kind person though. If it was me, I will never in this life call any of those people.

  18. Mika says:

    It seems like someone at KP realized that last week’s birthday mean girl keenery wasn’t working, so now they’re back to Kate the Keen Peacemaker.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Right? There were so many nasty things said about Meghan in Kate’s name last week, yet they want us to believe that M called her up for a gossipy catch-up and happy birthday greetings like that means nothing? Give me a break.

  19. girl_ninja says:

    What a minute. Kate Middleton had a 40th birthday celebration???

  20. Case says:

    Royal experts can’t seem to wrap their heads around the idea that people generally don’t talk to estranged family, and definitely not family who welcomed racist rhetoric around you and bullied you to the point that you chose to literally move the country and start fresh. Like, c’mon.

  21. Teddy says:

    I’m sure she and Harry did something to mark the day. They are kind and decent.

    • Gina says:

      Definitely kind and decent. Though I just wonder, what decent man would congratulate person who got your pregnant wife to suicide ideation? Also, don’t you think their PR team read all the articles full of bashing of Meghan? Harry and Meghan are aware of what it going on.
      I call this fake news. It serves Kate only, this “video call”.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Teddy: I believe they are kind and decent but if this true they are desperate for acceptance from people who wish Meghan would disappear and accused her of being a bully.

    • swirlmamad says:

      There’s a line between kind and decent and as @Amy Bee said, being desperate for acceptance from people who have literally wished you dead. They (and Meghan especially) do not need to turn the other cheek. You can forgive (although I’m personally not that good of a person) and still never, ever forget. Which means that you disengage from the people who have hurt you and do not allow them to take up space in your head and soul. My guess is this is where the Sussexes are at. If they’re smart (and I believe they are), they’ve put Kate and Will into a mental lockbox and aren’t giving them any oxygen. Meghan doesn’t owe Kate birthday greetings, or anything else for that matter, after what the RF has done to her.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think they walk a fine line with situations like this. If it were me, I would do “just” enough to mark the day so that they knew I hadn’t forgotten it, but not enough that they thought I had put any effort into it. Like I would go on 1800 Flowers and order the first bouquet I saw and say “happy birthday. the Sussexes.” and that would be it. Like it would be something so insignificant that it would be petty, you know?

      My guess is Harry would just ignore the day and Meghan probably sends something, but nothing personal or nothing that gives away any details of their lives.

      • swirlmamad says:

        I would’ve just sent carnations and baby’s breath — cheap, uninspired and boring….just like the recipient. #teampetty 😂

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree, I doubt there was a call, but they likely sent something like flowers. If they didn’t, the royal reporters would be fainting in the streets, screaming that they “shunned Kate and ignored her birthday because they’re too busy being California style.”

      • Gabby says:

        Roses.

  22. Snuffles says:

    There was no video call. At most, Meghan sent a small gift just to be polite.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Snuffles: Why is Meghan sending a gift to someone who hates her? Is she a doormat or a glutton for punishment?

      • Sue E Generis says:

        Maybe knowing the desperation in the UK, and the way everything she does or does not do is twisted into the worst interpretation, I could see her sending an insignificant token to avoid them writing a huge article about how M snubbed Kate.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Sue E: Meghan is not looking for approval from the British or its press.

  23. Over it says:

    I am nothing like Meghan, I am not nice to demons. The only gift I would be sending her is a how to guide on working. As for a call, Ha, only if I could say bye. B——ch.

  24. BABSORIG says:

    LOL, 😅😂🤣 it was “so private” that not even the British rota 🐀 🐀 were told about it, yet this American royals worshipping fool got to know about it? Quel surprise!! Look, if there hasn’t been any contact from the Sussexes to the Cambridges even if it’s a small 🎁 from Meg, all the rota 🐀 🐀 🐀 would have reported about it way before this guy even opened his mouth. And trust me, even the smallest of anything from the Sussexes would have been used as a stick to beat them with. So, NO, there has been no contact from Montecito to KP, not last year and certainly not during this Kate embiggening week. If there had been a 🎁 or a video🕹🎥🎥 video call as they claim, Kate and her minions would have made sure to leak it with receipts, then instructed said minions and their sycophants to claim how Harry is so miserable now that he is reaching out to Kate to save him. The bashing Meg would have got would be from out of this world 🌎. Meg might be a very nice person but stupid she is not. The Sussexes have ✂️ all ties with these people, thus the article yesterday that the Cambridges have now “reconciled themselves to the fact”. It’s that simple.

  25. Aurora says:

    US Weekly is a tabloid. They have no inside scoop on M & H.

  26. Sunshine says:

    I 100% don’t believe this story and disagree with you.
    Meghan was nice before they accused her of bullying, and before she knew they participated in the Mail’s case against her.
    In her letter after her win, she stated she was subjected to “intimidation, deception and calculated attacks”. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Sunshine: Exactly. Meghan has cut off her father for things he did but she’s still willing to have a relationship with Kate after all the things she did, really? Nah, Meghan is a nice person but even she has her limits.

    • Jais says:

      Meghan also said Kate was a good person before the bullying allegations came out. The Oprah interview was recorded before all smearing over the earrings and the bullying is even happened. I really wonder if the recording happened after all that what would have been said. I still think Meghan would have graciously said the same but am curious what more Harry would have said.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Jais: Meghan said that Kate’s a nice person for her own protection.

      • Oh says:

        The biggest mistake Meghan made in the interview was when she said that bitch is a good person. Meghan should be careful what she says because it can be used against her.

      • swirlmamad says:

        @Oh, that was not a mistake. That was purposeful and she did not have a choice to say anything remotely critical of Kate. If she was going to set the record straight about Tightsgate she HAD to cushion it and tread very carefully. Women of color do not get the luxury of calling out protected white women.

      • notasugarhere says:

        And her friend Serena William’s has said, ‘Meghan is too nice’. Meghan said what she said as self-protection while also calming getting the truth out about Kate’s repeated lies.

  27. Tessa says:

    I doubt it. Not with Jason’s investigations./

    • Nic919 says:

      I agree. It’s one thing to not correct a false media story, but letting Jason Knauf do what he did really crosses a line. And they have both been posing with him to confirm they support what he did.

  28. Lurker8 says:

    I’m making a guess but I’m certain that it has been years since Meghan and Kate spoke. My guess the forced meeting at the tennis game. With a few exceptions like the queen and Eugenie, I doubt Meghan has spoken to the rest of these people in more 2 years. Maybe the last time was the christening of Archie.
    As for Harry, I find it hard to believe he’d play nice with Kate after she risked the lives of his wife and son. A polite greeting at the funeral and nothing more. My guess.

    • Nic919 says:

      Yea the tennis match where she brought her sister. More games from the queen bee wannabe.

      • Oh says:

        The same tennis match that she didn’t bother to go with Meghan in the same car. But she was very happy to ride with Harry in the same car on Anzac day without Bulliam and Meghan (although Harry and Meghan had already moved to Frogmore Cottage at the time).

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Nic919: Nevermind Kate never went to a women’s final before that and only went because she couldn’t let Meghan have the royal spotlight.

    • notasugarhere says:

      The tennis match Meghan referred to as, not everything is as it seemed. Meghan was likely forbidden to attend solo to see her personal friend play, but they allowed/forced her out with Keen and Pip to make it look like everything was fine.

  29. Ania says:

    Meg is much better person than me but I think dealing with the Markles taught her how to deal with toxic relatives well. She probably knows how to maintain a communication while protecting herself and her family.

    I can see her sending a card or flowers… maybe.

  30. JustBitchy says:

    Took a second and better look at the birthday photo above. Keen is really thin

  31. aquarius64 says:

    Kate stans have been throwing a fit that the Sussexes have not publicly wish Kate a happy b-day. You unleash hour chief minion Jason to drop irrelevant emails in my court case, hoping I’ll lose? I wouldn’t send you an e-card after that, let alone set up a Zoom call.

    • Ginger says:

      They want Meghan and Harry to wish Kate a happy birthday because Kate’s birthday pr was a flop. They know if they publicly wish her a happy birthday it will get attention. Kate can’t get attention on her own.

    • Becks1 says:

      Also, they don’t have social media. Do they think that they should post something on Archewell’s website about it? or release a statement to the press?

      • swirlmamad says:

        Exactly. Kate is not worth taking up any space on the Archewell site nor is she important enough in their lives to have their spokesperson put out a statement. These people are delusional.

  32. Rapunzel says:

    I’m thinking Meg sent Kate a case of water…cause, you know, KKKeen is TTThirsty.

    Or maybe buttons to play with? An adult coloring book?

    Oh! I know! Meg sent Kate the Aga she wanted.

  33. Rapunzel says:

    So I’m wondering if I’m reading this correctly? There’s going to be a joint party for both Cambridges in June? That’s… strange.

    • Nic919 says:

      Covid is a convenient cover to not do anything right now, but the reality is that kate doesn’t have many friends and it’s likely William wouldn’t want to be at this party anyway especially with all the Middleton crew. A “joint” party would end up being mostly for William and he’s got more friends than her and his family would likely show up to that.

      • Becks1 says:

        ditto Nic. This is a cover because they can’t really do anything for Kate’s. They can’t have a big party at BP or Windsor because that would just look really off, and they can’t have a big party without inviting the Windsors and various politicians or donors or philanthropists or whoever these royals invite to their shindigs (since they can’t invite Epstein or Maxwell or Weinstein anymore…..) – and I don’t think those people would show up for Kate.

        (I’m saying “can’t” meaning I don’t think they could put together a big enough guest list without including those kinds of people, so then you just have a small close-knit party, which is what they are currently selling us.)

  34. Amy Bee says:

    Meghan must be a glutton for punishment if she still be kind and conciliatory because Kate just keeps bashing her in the press and refuses to take responsibility for her actions. Plus, KP took the MoS’ side in the lawsuit. I don’t believe Meghan is contacting Kate for anything.

    I don’t believe there was any video call or gift giving. Andersen living in a fantasy land trying to sell his book.

  35. Alexandria says:

    Meghan may be nice, professional and civil but I don’t believe this story. These snakes allowed Jason Knauf to share email correspondence to try to bring her down. She doesn’t owe these vipers anything.

    Middleton, stop being so immature and dumb. Sit down and eat your chutney and laugh at your imaginary audience.

  36. Elle says:

    I would never forgive someone like kate. From day one she was set on destroying Meghan’s life but karma is catching up with her now.

    With all those fake media PR, dresses, portraits and concerts are a masquerade to hide her miserable life

  37. C-Shell says:

    Meghan hand wrote her letter to Toxic Tom, in part, to avoid creating an easily disclosed/leaked communication, and it was still leaked and reproduced. She said in the Oprah interview heard round the world that she “lost” her father. And then the world saw what Jason Knife did with her emails. No way would she and Harry create a recordable, digital receipt that the Keen mouthpieces could leak to their Carnival of 🤡🤡🤡. On top of the fact that H/M have a sh!t ton of malfeasance they can lay at the doorstep of KP. They are far too smart for this. At most, they would send a card (which even Khate would know better than to leak after #MeghanMarkleWon) perhaps a meaningful gift or flowers. Whatever they did, if anything, would be carefully chosen to make a leak very obvious, and painful.

  38. TheOriginalMia says:

    I don’t believe you, Christopher. A private video call, but you found out and made it public. Yeah, no. I believe Meghan sent a gift and card because she’s far nicer than me. She might even have meant her sentiments because she won. She’s free and has a loving husband and great kids. Truly the best revenge on Kate and William is continuing to live well.

  39. paddingtonjr says:

    I have to say that I am quite disappointed with Christopher Andersen. If you’re going to write fiction, why not go for it? Think of the headlines if he had said not only that the Sussexes had a video call with Kate (yeah, right) but that Will got on the call, he and Harry cried it out and now Kate the Keen Peacemaker will get the Nobel Peace Prize for the brothers reconciling (which she will decline because she’s just so gosh darn humble and shy). We could have been treated to another month or so of Kate the Great!! So disappointed.

  40. Catherine says:

    US weekly has become propaganda central un the last year. I believe nothing from them since they reported that Meghan was going to do a Netflix doc about Kate. This is coming out because they trying desperately to revive the Kate as peacemaker narrative. Which really is all about making Meghan look like the problematic one.

    • Züri says:

      It really has and a not insignificant number of comments are clearly coming from conservative, racist, xenophobic, evangelical Bible thumpers. They comments are beyond problematic and offensive.

  41. Sofia says:

    If this was true it would be in the Telegraph or something. Anyways as I’ve said before, I can buy that Meghan sends a card or maybe some flowers on birthdays.

  42. SourcesclosetoKate says:

    No she did not. She’s given Kate enough time to do the right thing, and Kate decides not to. You have to let people take their own falls sometimes or they’ll never learn. Not falling for it.
    For real stop trying. It’s getting tired. They need to start hiring more minority reporters

  43. karkopolo says:

    The “small circle of friends thing”… I mean I assume the Norfolk bunch aren’t out there on social media for everyone to follow, but it struck me as weird that there was so much fuss about her birthday from tabloids and how her patronages mentioned her and whatnot, but it’s not like you saw many people posting personal messages about their friend Kate. Maybe it’s an unfair comparison since Meghan has some friends in the spotlight too so it’s right there to see, I don’t know. But we keep getting snippets from tabloids or other gossip over the years that basically Kate has no friends and is a bit of a mean girl who is threatened by other women, so.

    • swirlmamad says:

      We never hear ANYTHING about Kate spending time with friends, save for maybe 1 or 2 people whose names have been occasionally thrown out over the years. For someone who is supposed to be so perfect, wonderful and humble, folks should be tripping over themselves to befriend someone who should be such an amazing addition to their lives. 🙄

      I simply don’t believe this woman has any real friends at this point in her life because I’m sure she ditched them long ago in her quest to snag William — that was her sole focus and to hell with anyone who got in her way. Kate has proven she is NOT a proponent of women nor a girls’ girl. A total Pick Me to a tee, as has been said here.

    • Nic919 says:

      Any woman who is 40 either has an obvious solid group of friends that can be identified because she’s been seen with them for years or in Kate’s case, she has none because she spent her entire adult life being the pick me girl for William and any woman who didn’t assist her in that goal was turfed early on.

      The two we have heard mentioned on occasion were people who she befriended to help her get into William’s circle at St. Andrews. Oh and Rose. 🤣

  44. Amy Bee says:

    Black people are always expected to be the bigger person so it’s easy to believe that Meghan would be still nice to Kate after all the terrible things she did to her especially after the Oprah interview when she was called a liar and a bully and then the Royal Family sided with the MoS against her. Yes, Meghan is a nice person but she’s not a pushover. If she can cut off her father she can cut of the Windsors, including Kate.

    • sunny says:

      This part! Black people are always expected to extend grace to those who harm us. What a trip!

      What fascinates me is that Keen’s birthday PR continues to revolve around Meghan which frankly is wild. This birthday PR has been such a miss but I guess you can’t blame the journalists when they have so little to work with.

  45. MA says:

    Is it really the norm to send your spouse’s sibling’s spouse a gift? Unless you’re close and actually friends, I don’t think so. If anything, sending a Happy Birthday text or attending a big birthday bash would be more standard but maybe that’s just me. And that’s if you’re friendly on some minimum level, not if your in law has actively smeared you in the press for years to bolster her own image and failed to support you in any way in your mental distress, or couldn’t bother to acknowledge the births of your children with a modicum of warmth

    Meghan out right called Eugenie a friend – contrast with how carefully she spoke about Kate. Meghan is a good person but being a good person doesn’t mean forcing a relationship with someone who makes no effort to build one with you, or who actively hurts you. I never believed those “Meghan is a user social climber” smears but I definitely believe that she does not waste time with toxic relationships like that one ex bff who sold her out. The only communications going on are with the Queen and Charles and maybe various “minor royal” cousins. So no, she did not send a gift, card, or get on a call with someone she has no friendship with and the world does not revolve around Kate’s birthday..

  46. incognito08 says:

    My only takeaway is that Kate Middleton’s portraits got that Elizabeth Taylor “White Diamonds” commercial treatment. Her photos were fogged up within an inch of their lives.

  47. Eurydice says:

    I saw an article like this last week. The headline was something like “The reason why Harry and Meghan didn’t wish Kate a public happy birthday”. Of course, the article itself didn’t give a reason, just said that there was nothing on social media and that a “source” said that H&M might could probably have made a video call. I’ll bet this “expert” picked that up and embellished it.

    What I want to know is what happened to Kim Kardashian’s party planner? I can just see that person planning a quiet family at-home birthday.

  48. Merricat says:

    I think that this did not happen. The Sussexes are not on social media (so why would they even remember it’s Keen’s birthday?) and I don’t think they engage with the royal family unless absolutely necessary, as in regards the queen.

  49. Vanessa says:

    Kate Pr for her birthday failed she and her people spend a full week trashing Meghan to try to make kate look good . All of that did was show Kate as a mean spirited woman who has a obsession with Meghan instead of Kate birthday being about her it was Meghan Meghan Meghan . Now that there been backlash for Kate antics her and people are trying to change the narrative by dragging Meghan into their drama . I don’t Believe this story I don’t think Meghan nor Harry gives a damn about Kate or even thinks about her .

  50. Jaded says:

    Christopher Anderson knows nothing and has no contact with the Sussexes, who in turn do not release any information to US Weekly, which is the American equivalent of British tabloid trash. Furthermore, her “small circle of friends” is most likely her family as the Norfolk Nobs will have nothing to do with her and we know her reputation as a mean girl is rock solid. She may make her own birthday cake but she sure doesn’t eat it.

  51. AnnE says:

    I can believe that M & H called to wish K a happy 40th. They’re smart, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. It is also a smart test to see how quickly this private call hits the UK media and from which channels/person.

    • PoppedBubble says:

      Good theory.

    • Bex says:

      I can believe Meghan let January 9 pass like any other day, especially when it comes to her “husband’s family”.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      @AnneE, that phrase really only holds true when the enemy hasn’t been outed. Such is not the case. Meghan, is, and will always will be, a nice, kind and considerate person.

      Meghan has been sleeping peacefully under a tree for sometime now. Which we all know is a figurative and yet literative meaning to a number of things. Meghan is not inviting vampires into their peaceful life through a happy bday to someone whose last physical interaction with them was a Cruella Deville, videoed state of bitchery-much less the Jason Knauf F*ckery.

      Meghan, not wishing a Happy Bday to Kate is on par with admitting that you can’t fake it anymore to someone who has f(cked you over for years.imo

      More importanly, and correct me if I’m wrong, where are the stories-public/private? of Kate/Will&Kate, congratulating Meghan and her victory against the MoS. #MeghanMarkleWonandWilliam&Katesaidnothing.

  52. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    In the first pic, what is that round medallion on Kate’s jacket? Did she win “Best in Show” or something? Or was the queen handing out random awards to the family at breakfast.

  53. one of the Marys says:

    ‘my husband’s family’ told me where Kate is at on the list of things Meghan is paying attention to. Why should Meghan maintain civil ties? These are the consequences of the Cambridges’ actions, let Harry deal with them.
    My s-I-l threw a fit at my husband years ago and I backed way the hell off. Did she expect me to do something different? I’m not gonna bitch slap the woman but any warmth evaporated

  54. Gabby says:

    This expert again? Is he on mushrooms?

  55. SourcesclosetoKate says:

    The British press knows the tides ate turning for the narcbridges, public opinion is at a low with the Andrew courtcase and Kate gloating all the time, they’re using Meghan once again to say ‘see we’re all on the same side if you hate us you hate meg too.’. Meghan needs to stay strong, they couldn’t care less about her or her family.

  56. Tessa says:

    Christopher Andersen just relies on a lot of gossip stories.

  57. RoyalBlue says:

    pictures or it didn’t happen!

  58. Yinyang says:

    It’s the midface it’s extended on that photo of kate that’s why it looks unlike her.

  59. Allie says:

    What’s the point of these posts when the Sussexes have made it known that sources won’t be talking for them at all? If it’s not from them or their spokesperson directly it’s BS.

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