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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry send sweet birthday message to Princess Charlotte

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Princess Charlotte turned four years old on Thursday, and she got a special birthday greeting from her aunt and uncle.

Meghan Markle — who is due to give birth any day now — and Prince Harry left a personalized message for their niece on Instagram under the photos that Kensington Palace shared ahead of Charlotte’s big day. The well-wishes were posted from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s official Instagram account, and included a cake and balloon emoji.

“Happy Birthday Charlotte!” Markle and Prince Harry wrote next to the emojis. “Lots of love, H and M xo.”

Kensington Palace shared three new photos of Charlotte, taken by mom Kate Middleton, on both Twitter and Instagram. On Instagram, the palace thanked everyone for their “lovely” birthday messages.

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The portraits of the princess were taken at the family’s home in Norfolk, and show Charlotte playing with a flower in the garden and perched on a fence.

The royal photos come weeks after Prince Louis’ first birthday portraits, which were also taken by Middleton.

Markle and Prince Harry weren’t the only ones to wish Charlotte a happy birthday. Fans of the Royal Family left messages congratulating the princess and commenting on how much she looks like her great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

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“She looks EXACTLY like the Queen and definitely way more like William than Kate,” one person tweeted.

“I love how she looks like her great grandmother. So precious!” tweeted another.

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Charlotte is the middle child of Middleton and Prince William, who are also parents to one-year-old Louis and five-year-old Prince George.

Charlotte will be first cousin to Markle and Prince Harry’s first child, who is expected to be born very soon.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have kept the sex and name of their child secret, but royal betters think the couple will welcome a girl.

Laura.Hensley@globalnews.ca

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