The Duchess of Cambridge turned 40 years old on January 9, 2022. In honor of the milestone, Kensington Palace shared a series of portraits in celebration of her special day.
According to royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti, Kate’s birthday plans were “lower-key” this year than initially expected due to recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the pond. “It’s going to be quite scaled back because of the COVID pandemic.
I mean, here in the U.K., the numbers are back up again,” he told Us Weekly ahead of Kate’s birthday on January 4, 2022. “There’s no lockdown in place, but [there’s] some resistance to big gatherings. It’s something that people just maybe don’t think is the best thing to do.”
While other members of the royal family took to social media to share their well wishes with the Duchess of Cambridge on her 40th birthday, it appears Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Kate Middleton birthday message wasn’t shared online this year. But why?
Meghan and Harry—who have lived in Montecito, California since 2020 with their son Archie and daughter Lilibet following their royal exit—are believed to simply have sent their birthday wishes to Kate over a video call instead, according to royal expert Charles Rae.
“Who knows what the Montecito Massive will do,” he told Entertainment Daily before Kate’s 40th birthday. “But as they are thousands of miles away it is likely they will wish her happy birthday via Zoom.”