How Kate Middleton spent her birthday amid all *that* royal chaos

Kate Middleton celebrated her 41st birthday yesterday, but if you blinked you might've missed it, given that it was somewhat (read: entirely) overshadowed by the drama surrounding the Royal Family.

ICYMI (how!?), the headlines have been dominated over the last few days by the many, many allegations that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made against the monarchy – first in their Netflix docu-series, then in an interview Harry gave to ITV to promote his just-released memoir, Spare. The Sussexes' claims include that Prince William physically attacked his brother, that the Prince and Princess of Wales "stereotyped" their new sister-in-law and that the Royal Family "planted" stories in the press. Yep, drama.

With all that going on, it's no surprise that Kate opted for a low-key birthday, and she's reported to have spent a quiet day celebrating with her husband and their three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

how kate middleton spent her birthday amid ongoing royal chaos
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Notably, in a break from tradition, the Prince and Princess of Wales did not post on social media to mark the birthday. Last year, for example, they shared a series of portraits that'd been commissioned to celebrate Kate's 40th birthday.

For other royals, it was business as usual, with King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla sharing a photo of Kate meeting a royal fan on their Instagram Story. "Wishing the Princess of Wales a very happy birthday today!" the post, which was their first since Harry's ITV interview, read.

We wonder if Kate received a birthday card in the post from the Sussexes...

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