Kate and William may have carefully timed Archie birthday post to ‘avoid Sussex onslaught’

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie celebrates his second birthday today and received a number of messages on social media from his family in England. The Queen and the Cambridges wasted no time this morning and shared their birthday posts along with childhood photos of Archie. The Queen, 95, sent her message on the official Royal Family twitter account at 7.14am BST, meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted theirs at 8.20am.

Meghan and Harry are currently living in the US and the seven-hour time difference means their son Archie would have received the respective messages just 14 minutes and 80 minutes into his second birthday.

Although Archie is very likely to have been asleep at the time and did not see the messages until the morning, royal expert Angela Levin has suggested the royals did it to prevent a backlash from fans of the Duke of Duchess of Sussex.

In a post on Twitter, she wrote: “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.”

The Queen accompanied her post with the first picture taken of Meghan, Harry and Archie.

On Twitter, the post read: “Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today.”

Kate and William chose to share a cute family photo from Archie’s christening.

On their Kensington Palace Twitter account, Kate and William said: “Wishing Archie a very happy 2nd birthday today.”

Meghan and Harry delighted royal fans this evening by releasing a new photograph of their son.

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