Kate and William issue furious rebuke to claims they snubbed Meghan Markle in ...

KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have hit back at claims they snubbed Meghan Markle when choosing a photo of Prince Harry to celebrate his 36th birthday.

PUBLISHED: 12:45, Mon, Sep 21, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:36, Mon, Sep 21, 2020

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, and Prince William, 38, shared a photo of them with Prince Harry in 2017 to mark his birthday but royal fans questioned why Meghan Markle was not included. The Duke of Sussex, who celebrated his birthday in his new home following an eventful year, stepped down as a senior royal in March. Speaking on ITV's Royal Rota, Chris Ship said: "To mark his birthday, they released some pictures to celebrate."

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Producer Lizzie Robinson added: "The social media pages all celebrated Prince Harry's birthday with pictures.

"Buckingham Palace's picture was taken at a reception in 2017 with Prince Harry and the Queen.

"Clarence Houses's was taken in 2014 at the Invictus Games.

"Kensington Palace's was also taken in 2017 and it was William, Harry and Kate doing a race for Heads Together.

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"The photograph that Kensington Palace put up sparked a lot of debate as to 'where is Meghan?' when it was Harry's birthday.

"But the Clarence House and Buckingham Palace images was just the Queen and Harry and just Charles and Harry.

"Should it have been just William and Harry? Does having Kate there pose more questions?"

But Kate and William's official office has since been forced to deny any claims of a snub.

Commenting on the rare statement, Ms Robinson said: "Kensington Palace said people are reading too much into this and it's just a nice photo."

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