Are the royal family poking fun at Harry and Meghan?

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As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex launch scathing attacks on the royal family through their Netflix documentary series and Harry’s memoir Sparethe 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 seem to be following tradition.

However, there are some subtle hints that suggest the royals might be silently hitting back at the Sussexes following Prince Harry’s claims that they did not welcome Meghan Markle into the royal family.

From their outfits on public outings to blink-and-you’d-miss-them quips, FEMAIL investigates the little hints that the royals might be silently hitting back at Harry and Meghan in their own way…

Matching outfits

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

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

On the day the second installation of Harry and Meghan’s 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 shouted’ at him during crisis talks at Sandringham before he and Meghan decided to step down as senior royals.

Mike and Zara Tindall (pictured) also wore bright burgundy as they arrived at Westminster Abbey for the carol service

Mike and Zara Tindall (pictured) also wore bright burgundy as they arrived at Westminster Abbey for the carol service

He alleged his father, King Charles and grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth, had been silent while William shouted following Harry’s suggestion he and Meghan could be ‘half in, half out’ of the royal family.

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

As they arrived at Westminster Abbey for Kate’s Carols, the Prince and Princess of Wales stepped out in matching burgundy and black outfits, in what could have been determined as a show of solidarity.

Kate looked elegant in a plum-coloured coat while William wore a tie in the same shade. Meanwhile Princess Charlotte’s coat 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 appeared to have received the memo as they also sported burgundy coats – and ex-rugby ace Mike was spotted in a similar shade tie.

The vibrant burgundy outfits also came after Meghan claimed in the Netflix documentary that she wore ‘a lot of muted tones’ and shied away from wearing bright colors while in The Firm, in what could have been a cheeky swipe in response to her claims.

MORE matching outfits in 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 as they visited the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Merseyside.

Arriving at the recently-opened hospital last week, they twinned their outfits in navy blue and dark green colors.

A video of the Prince and Princess meeting an administrator called Nikki showed the couple laughing as she pointed to them and said: ‘Matching.’

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

On arrival, the couple beamed as they waved at royal fans who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the royals.

In the face of accusations from Prince Harry, the couple put on a show of solidarity with a smile as they appeared to not be drawn into the royal row.

Kate has ‘already moved on’

Sources told the Mirror that the Princess of Wales (pictured in Merseyside) had 'already moved on' from Prince Harry's memoir claims

Sources told the Mirror that the Princess of Wales (pictured in Merseyside) had ‘already moved on’ from Prince Harry’s memoir claims

In Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, which was officially released in the UK this week, the Princess of Wales was under attack as he claimed she and Prince William ‘stereotyped’ Meghan as a ‘biracial American actress’ when she was first introduced to the royal family .

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

Harry wrote a text exchange which he claimed had been shared between Kate and Meghan in which Kate allegedly claimed all the bridesmaids dresses needed to be remade just a few days before the wedding day, after Charlotte ‘cried’ over her frock which was ‘too big ‘.

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

Despite being the center of several accusations in the memoir, a source this weekend said the Princess of Wales has ‘already moved on’ from the furore surrouning Harry’s book.

Minimizing the accusations in the book, an unnamed source close to Kate told The Mirror she had been left ‘baffled’ by what Harry had written but that she was ultimately unbothered and focusing on her charity work.

The source said she was not taking ‘too much notice’ to Harry’s claims in the book as she prepares to launch a new early years program focusing on children between the ages of three to five.

The claim could be read as a dismissal of the Duke’s accusations in the book as the Princess of Wales gets on with her royal duties.

Zara and Mike’s ‘my love’ quips

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

Zara flashed a cheeky smile as 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 claims by Prince Harry in Spare and in his Netflix documentary, his cousin Zara Tindall, 41, has barely had a mention.

She and her husband, ex-rugby ace Mike Tindall, 44, have been 10,000 miles away in Australia over the last week, while the royals in the UK have been in crisis over the memoir’s release.

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, with his first guest being his wife Zara.

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

The trailer for the podcast, which was released last week, teased a cheeky exchange between the couple as Zara sits down to be his first guest – and as the couple greet each other, they use a phrase some royal fans might link to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Both Mike and Zara say, ‘Hello, my love’ as they sit face-to-face for the sit-down interview.

As well as referring to each other by their initials ‘H’ and ‘M’, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have often been heard calling one another ‘my love’ in public.

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

Kate and William’s Merseyside round-up

As the Prince and Princess of Wales appeared in Merseyside for their first official engagement of 2023, they were inundated by hundreds of fans who queued 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 their first since the release of Harry’s explosive memoir Spare, in which he leveled several accusations at his brother and sister-in-law.

Among the claims were that Prince William ripped Harry’s necklace and pushed him to the floor in Frogmore Cottage during an argument about Meghan.

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

Despite the Duke of Sussex’s claims as he told his side of the story, the Prince and Princess of Wales seemed to be as popular as ever as crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of them in Merseyside.

At the end of the visit, they posted a series of photos on their Instagram account from the outing – and the last one could have been considered a sly dig at Prince Harry.

The final photo showed a crowd of people gathered at the hospital to take photos of the Prince and Princess of Wales, which suggests they were popular guests on the day.

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

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