Prince Harry kept things intimate and casual while celebrating his 37th birthday on September 15.
A source told the Daily Mail that Meghan Markle planned a "low-key" dinner for her husband, inviting just a handful of guests.
"In light of what's happening in the world — from Afghanistan to Covid — they both decided to keep it simple," the source shared. "Meghan said she's making a carrot cake with the help of Archie, and that guests will include [Meghan's mom] Doria Ragland and a few close friends."
"Meghan said their focus right now is being of service, and that attending glitzy events like the Met Gala is wasted time and energy that could be put to good use towards those suffering and in need," added the source.
Yesterday, the royal family marked the Duke of Sussex's special day by posting on their Instagram Stories. Prince William and Kate Middleton displayed a photo of Harry with the caption, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCE HARRY! 🎈," while Prince Charles' account shared three photos of Harry, including one that was a throwback of the father and son together.
Queen Elizabeth's Buckingham Palace page uploaded three pictures of Harry — one of which showed him alongside Meghan — with the caption, "WISHING THE DUKE OF SUSSEX A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY!"
While some thought the social media shout-outs were a sweet gesture, royal expert Duncan Larcombe believes the posts only prove that there's still tension between the father-of-two and the royals.
"William and Kate’s curt birthday message to Harry only serves as proof the ice between the brothers has still not thawed. Short of ignoring the Duke of Sussex’s 37th landmark completely, their social media post was the bare minimum from a couple who once welcomed Harry as their official royal gooseberry," he told Fabulous. "If anything, this year’s birthday wishes from the Cambridges are an indication of just how far relations between the two warring clans have deteriorated over the past 12 months."