The Duchess of Sussex has opted for a very down-to-earth option for her first solo thank you note as a royal, sending out a postcard to fans who wished her well on her 37th birthday.
The missive was shared on Instagram by royal fan loopycrown3 and unusually features a candid snap of the Duchess greeting royal fans during a walkabout on her royal visit to Ireland this year .
Former Suits star Meghan can be seen beaming in the image, taken at Trinity College Dublin, as she accepted a bunch of flowers presented by wellwishers.
Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also been sending out cards to thank those who wished Prince George well on his birthday in July.
The couple chose the youngster’s official birthday potrait for the the card, showing the little prince captured by Matt Porteus on the day of his brother Prince Louis’ christening.
It’s an example of how royal thank you cards usually feature a posed image, showing that Meghan has broken with tradition with a more laid-back approach.
However, the message inside was typical of royal thank you cards, saying: ‘The Duchess of Sussex is so touched you took the trouble to write as you did on the occasion of her 27th birthday.
‘It really was most thoughtful of you and Her Royal Highness sense you her heartfelt thanks and best wishes.’
It’s identical to the message the Duchess of Cambridge’s past thank you cards have featured, although Meghan substituted ‘heartfelt’ thanks for ‘warmest’.
The difference indicates that the Duchess may have wanted to add her own stamp on correspondence to royal fans.
Last year, it was revealed how William and Kate send the same ‘warmest thanks and best wishes’ to wellwishers almost every time they send out a thank you card.
The message on their cards is also exactly the same as that used by Prince Charles and Camilla.
Kate and William also sent almost identical thank you cards to people who wished them well on their wedding anniversary in 2017 and 2018, featuring the same image of the couple during their Himalayan trek to Bhutan’s Tiger Nest monastery.