Palace drops gorgeous new photo of Kate Middleton amid Meghan, Harry drama

What royal drama?

On Thursday, the palace released to the public a stunning new portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge to mark the royal's 38th birthday. Snapped by royal photographer Matt Porteous, the casual snap shows the mother-of-three in jeans, smiling and looking away from the camera. It's believed to be taken in front of the Cambridge family's country home, Anmer Hall, last year. 

"Thank you everyone for all your lovely messages on The Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday!" the photo on Kensington Royal's Instagram account reads.

Comments from well-wishers have flooded the post, including from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who wrote: 

"Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duchess of Cambridge today! 🎂❤️."

The photo comes just hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped that they were taking a step back from royal life to become financially independent from the crown and split their time between North America and the United Kingdom.

According to BBC News' royal correspondent Jonny Dymond, Meghan and Harry's decision to step away from royal life was not made aware to other members of the royal family. 

"BBC Understands that no other member of the Royal Family was consulted before Harry and Meghan issued their personal statement tonight," Dymond tweeted, adding that "the Palace is understood to be ‘disappointed’".

"I think it indicates a real strength of feeling in the palace tonight — maybe not so much about what has been done but about how it has been done - and the lack of consultation I think will sting," Dymond told the BBC. "This is clearly a major rift between Harry and Meghan on one part, and the rest of the Royal Family on the other."

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Kate Middleton's best looks ever

2016

At the 40th anniversary of SportsAid in Roland Mouret

2011

At the premiere of War Horse in Alice Temperley

2019

The duchess wore a purple Gucci blouse with lilac Aspinal Midi Mayfair handbag and her Links of London earrings for a visit to South London's Henry Fawcett Centre

2019

At the 2019 BAFTAs in Alexander McQueen

2016

Arriving for a Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Jenny Packham

2011

At the BAFTA Brits to Watch event in Alexander McQueen

2017

At the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards in London in Alexander McQueen

2012

Arriving for a dinner at Claridge's in Roland Mouret

2014

Attending The Portrait Gala 2014: Collecting To Inspire at National Portrait Gallery in Jenny Packham

2018 

The royal opened a new photography center at London's Victoria Albert Museum in tweed Erdem

2019

During her royal tour of Pakistan, the duchess paid tribute to the Pakistani state flag in a deep emerald gown by one of her go-to designers Jenny Packham. She paired the look with a pair of silver heels, believed to be designed by Jimmy Choo, and earrings that were sourced from Pakistan. 

2018

The duchess looked every bit a modern-day Cinderella in Jenny Packham and her Lovers' Knot tiara for the queen's annual diplomatic reception.

2018

In vibrant Dolce & Gabbana at the Wimbledon finals

2013

Attending the performance of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' at Odeon Leicester Square in Roland Mouret

2019

Kate marked the opening of the Chelsea Flower Show in an elegant floral dress by one of her favorite designers, Erdem. Kate accessorized the longsleeved floral gown with a pair of tan Stuart Weitzman wedges, floral earrings and a very intricate braid. The British design house is known for incorporating floral into its designs, so it seems like a very natural fit for the duchess to wear. 

2012

In Temperley London at the British High Commission Tea Party during the Diamond Jubilee tour

2019

In a Breton top and L.K Bennett pants at King's Cup Regatta

2019

In cornflower blue Elie Saab lace dress for the Royal Ascot

2019

For day two of her royal visit to Pakistan, Kate opted for a mint green tunic again by Catherine Walker, which she paired with cream pants and Emmy London heels. The look was once again reminiscent of one of Princess Diana's most memorable from her solo tour in 1991: a mint green dress she wore to visit the Badshai Mosque in Lahore. 

2016

At the Royal Ascot in Dolce & Gabbana

2016

At the UK Premiere of "A Street Cat Named Bob" in Self Portrait

2018

To attend London's Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit, Kate opted for purple Emilia Wickstead

2011

At her wedding in Alexander McQueen

2016

At Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools awards ceremony in Preen

2011

At the 10th annual ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) Gala Dinner, at Kensington Palace in Jenny Packham

2011

At a dinner reception at St James' Palace in Jenny Packham

2011

Attending an event at the Imperial War Museum in Alexander McQueen

2018

AT UCL London in a Paule Ka matching blazer and skirt

2012

In Alexander McQueen at the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant

2011

At a fundraising gala organized by 100 Women in Hedge Funds in Beulah

2011

Meeting servicemen at the Irish Guards Medal Parade in Alexander McQueen

2018

To host a Christmas party for military families at Kensington Palace, Kate slipped into a festive Emilia Wickstead tartan pleated skirt, Brora cashmere cardigan and Mappin and Webb earrings. 

2012

Arriving at a gala celebration for the Olympic concert in Jenny Packham

2017 

at National Portrait Gallery's Portrait Gala in Temperley London

2013

Arriving at the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards in Jenny Packham

2014

At the Sydney Opera House in Roksanda Ilincic

2019

In an Emilia Wickstead floral dress to join Mary Berry for the "Back to Nature" garden

2019 

At The Nook opening in Oscar de la Renta

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