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Is the royal family making fun of Harry and Meghan?

While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have launched scathing attacks on the royal family via their Netflix documentary series and Harry’s memoir, Spare, the royal family has not publicly responded to any of the claims.

The royal family’s motto has long been ‘never complain, never explain’ and, as the royals have resumed engagements for 2023, they appear to be sticking with tradition.

However, there are some subtle hints that suggest the royals may be quietly hitting back at the Sussexes following Prince Harry’s claims that they haven’t welcomed Meghan Markle into the royal family.

From their outfits on public outings to blink-and-miss jokes, FEMAIL delves into the small clues that the royals may be quietly striking back at Harry and Meghan in their own ways…

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The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at Kate's carol service at Westminster Abbey in matching burgundy gowns following the second installment of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex of their Netflix series

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at Kate’s carol service at Westminster Abbey in matching burgundy gowns following the second installment of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex of their Netflix series

On the day that the second installment of the Harry and Meghan Netflix series dropped on the streaming platform, the royal family made an appearance at Westminster Abbey for the Princess of Wales’s carol service.

Episodes four, five and six of the docuseries saw Harry claim his brother William had ‘screamed and yelled’ at him during crisis talks at Sandringham before he and Meghan decided to step down as royals.

Mike and Zara Tindall (pictured) were also wearing bright burgundy when they arrived at Westminster Abbey for the carol service

Mike and Zara Tindall (pictured) were also wearing bright burgundy when they arrived at Westminster Abbey for the carol service

He claimed his father King Charles and grandmother the late Queen Elizabeth were silent as William screamed after Harry’s suggestion that he and Meghan could be ‘half in, half out’ of the royal family.

After the Sussexes revealed details of their private conversations for the first time, all eyes were on the royal family in their first public appearance.

Upon arriving at Westminster Abbey for Kate’s carols, the Prince and Princess of Wales appeared in matching black and burgundy outfits in what could be construed as a show of solidarity.

Kate looked elegant in a plum coat, while William wore a tie in the same shade. Meanwhile, Princess Charlotte’s dress matched her mother’s, and Prince George wore a tie in the same shade as his father.

As more royals arrived at the Abbey, Pippa Middleton and Zara Tindall seemed to get the memo as they also wore burgundy coats – and former rugby ace Mike was seen sporting a similar tie.

The vibrant burgundy outfits also came after Meghan claimed in the Netflix documentary that she wore “a lot of muted tones” and avoided wearing bright colors while in The Firm, in what could have been a cheeky jab in response to her claims.

MORE matching outfits on Merseyside

The Prince and Princess of Wales attended the Royal Liverpool University Hospital last week in another set of matching outfits

The Prince and Princess of Wales attended the Royal Liverpool University Hospital last week in another set of matching outfits

More recently, the Prince and Princess of Wales matched their outfits again when they visited the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on Merseyside.

Arriving at the newly opened hospital last week, they combined their looks in navy blue and dark green.

A video of the prince and princess meeting an administrator named Nikki showed the couple giggling as she pointed at them and said, “Matching.”

William said, ‘I know’ in response, before smiling at Kate and looking down at his own blue and green outfit.’

Upon arrival, the couple smiled as they waved to royal fans who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the royals.

In the face of Prince Harry’s accusations, the couple gave a show of solidarity with a smile as they appeared not to be drawn into the royal ranks.

Kate ‘already moved on’

Sources tell the Mirror the Princess of Wales (pictured on Merseyside) 'has already gotten over' Prince Harry's memory claims

Sources tell the Mirror the Princess of Wales (pictured on Merseyside) ‘has already gotten over’ Prince Harry’s memory claims

In Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, officially released in the UK this week, the Princess of Wales was attacked for claiming that she and Prince William ‘stereotyped’ Meghan as a ‘biracial American actress’ when she was introduced to the royal family. . .

The Duke of Sussex also alleged that Kate, 41, had sent Meghan, also 41, a few short text messages a few days before Harry and Meghan tied the knot in 2018 about Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress.

Harry penned a text exchange that he claimed was shared between Kate and Meghan, in which Kate claimed that all the bridesmaids’ dresses needed to be redone just days before the wedding day after Charlotte ‘cried’ over her her dress which was ‘too big’.

The Duke also claimed that his brother and sister-in-law did not invite him to their home for dinner when they all lived on the Kensington Palace Estate.

Despite being the center of numerous allegations in the memoir, a source said this weekend that the Princess of Wales is “already over” the furor over Harry’s book.

Downplaying the allegations in the book, an unnamed source close to Kate told The Mirror that she was ‘baffled’ by what Harry had written but that she was unfazed and focused on her charity work.

The source said she hadn’t been paying close attention to Harry’s claims in the book as she prepared to launch a new early childhood program focusing on children between the ages of three and five.

The allegation reads as a dismissal of the Duke’s accusations in the book while the Princess of Wales is carrying out her royal duties.

Zara and Mike’s ‘my love’ jokes

Zara flashed a cheeky smile when she appeared on the Mike Drop podcast and greeted her husband Mike Tindall with 'hello my love'

Zara flashed a cheeky smile when she appeared on the Mike Drop podcast and greeted her husband Mike Tindall with ‘hello my love’

As many members of the royal family have been the subject of complaints from Prince Harry in Spare and his Netflix documentary, his cousin Zara Tindall, 41, has barely been mentioned.

She and her husband, former rugby ace Mike Tindall, 44, have been 10,000 miles away in Australia over the past week as royals in the UK are in turmoil over the release of the memoir.

As part of their work with Magic Millions, an equestrian charity, the couple teased a podcast this week hosted by Mike and called Mike Drop.

Each week he will interview a guest about horse racing, a passion Mike shares, his first guest being his wife Zara.

Zara has been a sponsor of Magic Millions Racing Women since 2012 as a former Olympian who won a silver medal in dressage.

The podcast’s trailer, released last week, teased a raunchy exchange between the couple as Zara sits down to be their first guest – and as the couple shake hands, they use a phrase that some royal fans might link to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex .

Mike and Zara say ‘Hello my love’ as they sit down opposite each other for their interview.

As well as referring to each other by the initials ‘H’ and ‘M’, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle often call each other ‘my love’ in public.

Of course, the couple could always have greeted each other this way, however, at a time when tensions are running high in the royal family, perhaps the cheeky joke was a subtle parody of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The summary of Kate and William on Merseyside

When the Prince and Princess of Wales appeared on Merseyside for their first official engagement in 2023, they were swamped by hundreds of fans who lined up to meet them.

Clips from the day showed the royal couple greeting staff at the hospital, which opened in October.

Their appearance at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on Thursday was the first since the release of Harry’s explosive memoir, Spare, in which he made numerous accusations against his brother and sister-in-law.

Among the allegations was that Prince William ripped Harry’s necklace and pushed him to the floor at Frogmore Cottage during an argument over Meghan.

Harry also claimed Kate and William confronted Meghan after she told Kate she was forgetful because she had ‘baby brain’ while pregnant with Prince Louis.

Despite the Duke of Sussex’s claims when telling his side of the story, the Prince and Princess of Wales appeared more popular than ever as crowds flocked to see them on Merseyside.

At the end of the visit, they posted a series of photos to their Instagram account from the outing – and the last one could be considered a sly joke by Prince Harry.

The final photo showed a crowd of people gathered at the hospital to take pictures of the Prince and Princess of Wales, suggesting they were popular guests that day.

The choice of photo could be interpreted as a signal to the Sussexes that they are still sought after as royals despite all the Duke’s allegations about them and that his accusations have not affected their public image.

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