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Prince Charles extends olive branch to Harry on Archie's birthday with a special post

Prince Charles today posted a tribute to his grandson Archie on his official Instagram, and eage-eyed royal fans are questioning whether then move could have particular significance in his troubled relationship with Prince Harry. 

Royal fans noted that Prince Charles did not post on Instagram to mark the sixth birthday of his only granddaughter Princess Charlotte on May 2 nor the third birthday of Prince Louis on April 23.

Commenters questoined if the Prince of Wales, 72, who hasn't seen Archie in the flesh for at least 18 months, made the move as a festure of goodwill to Prince Harry, with one writing: 'You're all class, Charles, under very trying circumstances.'  

It comes after months of royal turmoil following Harry's revelation to broadcaster Oprah Winfrey that his father had stopped taking his calls after his decision to step down as a senior royal and to move his family to the US. 

Father and son were reunited at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on April 17, and the pair reportedly 'walked and talked' together before a famiyl summit after the funeral. 

The Prince of Wales, 72, has marked the second birthday of his grandson Archie on social media today. Royal fans noted he hadn't marked the birthdays of his other grandchildren in the same way this year (pictured with Prince Harry and Archie on his baptism on July 6 2019)

Royal fans said Charles didn't make a social media post to mark Princess Charlotte's sixth birthday on Sunday 2 May

Fans applauded Charles for extended an olive branch to Harry after months of reported family turmoil

'Happy birthday to Archie, who turns two today,' Charles wrote on the Clarence House Instagram account for his youngest grandson, whom he hasn't seen in 18 months. 

He accompanied the note with a black and white picture taken on the occasion of his youngest grandchild's baptism on July 6 2019. 

The picture marks the last time grandfather and grandson were officially photographed together. 

In the heart-warming snap, proud father Harry is beaming as he gazes down at Archie in his Christening robes while proud grandfather Prince Charles looks on, smiling. 

The Prince of Wales didn't mark Prince Louis's third birthday on social media this year. He did so for his second birthday in 2020

Eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice that Charles, who has four grandchildren, did not post for Princess Charlotte's birthday on May 2 or Prince Louis's third birthday on April 23. 

Some thought Charles was showing bias by singling out Harry's son. 

'Wow, disappointing that there wasn’t a dedicated post for Louis and Charlotte recently,' one said. 

'Ok he's your grandson but Charlotte and Louis are your grandchildren too. You should've posted for them too,' said another. 

Following Charles's post, some fans said he should have done a similar post for Charlotte ansd Louis's birthday this year, while other applauded his attention for Archie 

However, some saw in Charles' post a way to patch things up with his estranged son. 

'You're all class Charles under very trying circumstances,' one wrote.  

The Prince of Wales did share heart-warming social media posts for his other grandchildren in past years. 

In 2020, the Clarence House Instagram account marked Prince George's seventh, Charlotte's fifth, Louis's second and Archie's first birthday. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared this family portrait taken at Archie's Christening in July 2019. Pictured standing: Prince Charles, Doria Ragland, Princess Diana's sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and Prince William. Seated: the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Archie and the Duchess of Cambridge

In his very candid March 11 interview with US broadcast queen Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry admitted Prince Charles had stopped taking his calls during the Megxit row. 

The Duke of Sussex rocked the royal family when he announced he wanted to step down as a senior royal in February 2020, before leaving the country in March of the same year. 

This led to frictions between Harry and his father, with the royal telling Winfrey:  

He added: 'There's a lot to work through there. I feel really let down.' 

The official Royal Family Instagram account led the birthday greetings this morning with a photo of Harry and Meghan introducing their son to the world at Windsor Castle in May 2019 

A royal expert claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will make sure Archie has a 'video date with the Queen and his cousins' to mark his second birthday. Pictured, Harry and Meghan with Archie, the Queen, Meghan's mother Doria Ragland and the late Duke of Edinburgh in a photograph released shortly after his birth in May 2019

Harry's visit to the UK on the occasion of Prince Philip's funeral and the happier occasion of Archie's second birthday could lead to further reconciliation. 

William and Harry are expected to meet again in the summer when they unveil a new statue to Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.

Insiders hope the July 1 event - done to commemorate what would have been their mother's 60th birthday - will help mend their relationship. 

The Queen led the sweet messages of celebration this morning to mark Harry and Meghan's firstborn's birthday.  

The official Royal Family Instagram account led the birthday greetings this morning with a photo of Harry and Meghan introducing their son to the world at Windsor Castle in May 2019.

Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge followed suit with photographs taken at Archie's Christening in July 2019.

The happy occasion will no doubt be tinged with a hint of sadness for the Royal Family who have not seen Archie in 18 months.

Archie's birthday video call with Gan-Gan  

Royal expert Katie Nicholl said Prince Harry and Prince William, 38, would put their differences to one side and come together for a Zoom call with Kate Middleton, 39, and Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, to mark Archie's birthday.

Speaking to Okay! magazine, she said Harry, Meghan and Archie would also likely join the Queen for a call, adding: 'Lockdown is lifting and the sun in California is shining – I'm sure they'll have a lovely celebration at home... Harry will make a really big fuss of Archie.'

The toddler, who is seventh-in-line to the throne, was last in the UK in the autumn of 2019, before the Sussexes left to spend Christmas in Canada, with pandemic travel restrictions hampering planned visits in the meantime.

The Royal Family Instagram account, which is managed by the Queen's staff, shared the message: 'Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today'.  

Meanwhile, royal expert Katie Nicholl said Prince Harry and Prince William, 38, would put their differences to one side and come together for a Zoom call with Kate Middleton, 39, and Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, for the occasion.

Katie said Prince Harry faces a difficult challenge in trying to help his children bond with their cousins.

She revealed: 'He always wanted his children to grow up close to William and Kate's...Sadly it's looking increasingly unlikely for Archie.' 

Meanwhile despite difficulties in their relationship over the last 18 months, she said it was 'hard to imagine' the Cambridges wouldn't be in touch with the Sussexes on Archie's birthday.  

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