Harry and Meghan break with tradition as they stayed silent on Mother's Day

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While other royals shared a slew of adorable photos to celebrate Mother's Day, the Sussexes chose to stay silent amid an increasing royal rift.

The Mother's Day, otherwise known as the Mothering Sunday, has traditionally been celebrated in Britain on the fourth Sunday in March since at least the 13th century. Not only ordinary people in the UK, but also the Royal Family members have paid tribute to their loved mothers on this special occasion.

Royal celebrations of Mother's Day

Similar to children throughout the country, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis celebrated their mother, the Princess of Wales, on Mother's Day over the weekend. Kate Middleton herself took to social media to share a slew of adorable photos of their family together.

According to the Mirror, the images were captured by a favored photographer of the Waleses, Matt Porteous, and seem to have been taken during the same photo session as the Wales family's Christmas card from last year, as they are wearing the same outfits. It is likely that the photos were taken in Norfolk during the summer, based on the clothing the children are wearing.

On the first Mother's Day in the United Kingdom since the Queen's passing, King Charles III of Britain has paid tribute to her. The Royal Family's official account posted a tweet expressing thoughts and wishes to all mothers and those who may be missing their mothers on this day. The post read:

'To all mothers everywhere, and to those who may be missing their mums today, we are thinking of you and wishing you a special day.'

Additionally, two pictures were shared, one of the Queen holding a young Charles in her lap, and the other of Camilla, the Queen Consort, standing behind her late mother who passed away in 1994.

Royal kids paid tribute to late Princess

Along with their mother and their grandmother Carole Middleton, the Wales children would have also kept their other grandmother, the late Princess Diana, in their thoughts.

Although they never had the chance to meet their paternal grandmother, who died in 1997, the children often talk about her with their dad, the Prince of Wales.

According to the Guardian, in the 2017 documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, William spoke openly about how he is committed to ensuring George, Charlotte, and Louis know all about their late grandmother. He poignantly revealed that he wants the three children to know who she was and that she existed so he constantly talks 'about Granny Diana' to them before they go to sleep so they know 'there are two grandmothers in their lives.'

Harry and Meghan break with tradition as they stayed silent on Mother's Day Max Mumby

To honor their grandmother, the Wales children made some sweet cards and crafts for Diana, which were shared by their parents on social media a few years ago. Charlotte's message, which she wrote on bright pink card alongside a big, multi-colored heart, for the late Princess was particularly touching, as she made sure to mention how her dad felt on Mother's Day. Charlotte penned:

'Dear Granny Diana, I am thinking of you on Mother's Day. I love you very much. Papa is missing you. Lots of love Charlotte xxxxxxxxx.'

George sent a message to his grandmother in cursive writing:

'Dear Granny Diana, Happy happy Mother's Day. I love you very much and think of you always, sending lots of love from George xxxxx.'
Harry and Meghan break with tradition as they stayed silent on Mother's Day Samir Hussein

Louis was just two when the children made the pretty notes, so instead of writing a message to Diana, his green card featured a heart adorned in colorful paint. Stuck around the heart, which had clearly been painted by the toddler, were sweet animal stickers.

Harry and Meghan's reason for silence

While the Royal Family celebrated Mother's Day with warm messages and personal snaps, one couple was notably silent: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

According to the Mirror, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not release any messages or pictures for the special day. This is questionable, given that Harry has always had a very tight bond with his late mother, Princess Diana, whose tragic death in 1997 deeply affected the young prince.

Harry and Meghan break with tradition as they stayed silent on Mother's Day Tim Ronney

Regarding Prince Harry's silence on Mother's Day, Marie Claire reports there could be several reasons why the couple chose to stay silent, including their ongoing tensions with the Royal Family and their recent move to the United States.

It's worth noting that in the US, Mother's Day is always marked on the second Sunday in May. So, it's possible that the couple may choose to celebrate the occasion in a few months' time instead. Additionally, Harry and Meghan have been vocal about their desire for privacy since stepping back from their royal duties in early 2020.

They have been living in California with their son Archie and recently welcomed their daughter Lilibet Diana. It's possible that the couple chose to keep their Mother's Day celebrations private and away from the public eye.

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