Meghan Markle backlash after friend refers to her as ‘Princess’ in social media post

While some fans backed the terminology, others pointed out that she should be referred to as "Duchess"

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A friend of Meghan Markle’s has received backlash after referring to her as a “Princess” in a social media post.

In a message shared on Instagram, actor and director Tyler Perry wished the Duchess of Sussex a happy 41st birthday.

Alongside a picture of Meghan, Mr Perry wrote: “I’m so incredibly proud to see how happy you, your husband, and your kids are now.

“It fills me with joy to say Happy Birthday Princess Meghan.”

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle
Meghan and Prince Harry
Meghan and Prince Harry

Some fans backed Mr Perry’s comments, with one saying: “Your title is a Princess, but you’re Truly a Queen! Happy birthday beautiful.”

But others hit back at the Princess terminlogy, pointing out that Meghan’s title was Duchess.

One person replied: ““No, sadly her titles are Duchess/Baroness/Countess.”

While another wrote: “Not Princess Meghan no matter how hard you try.”

A third person added: “She’s no Princess and he will never be King.”

Meghan received olive branch messages from several members of the Royal Family as she celebrated her birthday last week.

Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge shared a brief message to wish the Duchess of Sussex a happy birthday last Thursday.

They were joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in extending an olive branch to Meghan.

Accompanied by a photograph of the former Suits actor sporting a beaming smile, Kate and William's tweet read: "Wishing a happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex!"

Clarence House shared the same sentiment with a picture of Meghan taken during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.