Are the royal family poking fun at Harry and Meghan?

After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched scathing attacks on the Royal Family in their Netflix documentary series and Harry’s memoir Spare, the Palace has refused to respond to any of the couple’s claims.

The Royal Family’s motto has long been ‘never complain, never explain’ and, with members of the family resuming their royal engagements, they seem to be following this tradition.

However, there appear to be subtle hints that the royals might be quietly hitting back at the Sussexes following Prince Harry’s claims that they did not welcome his wife Meghan into the Firm.

From outfits on public outings to blink-and-you’ll-miss-them quips, FEMAIL investigates the signs that the royals might be responding to 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 installment of their Netflix series

On the day the second installment 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 that he and Meghan could be ‘half in, half out’ of the Royal Family.

All eyes were on the royals during their first public appearance after the Sussexes revealed details from these private conversations.

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 burgundy coat while William wore a tie in the same shade. And as more royals arrived at the Abbey, Pippa Middleton and Zara Tindall appeared to have received the memo – as they also wore burgundy coats. Ex-rugby ace Mike Tindall wore a tie to match.

Meghan claimed in the Netflix documentary that she wore ‘a lot of muted tones’ and shied away from wearing bright colors during her time as a serving royal, so the colorful show of solidarity could be a subtle swipe against this statement.

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

The Prince and Princess of Wales matched their outfits again as they visited the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Merseyside.

Arriving at the new hospital last week, they both wore 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.

On arrival, the couple beamed as they waved at royal fans who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the royals, appearing unfazed by Harry’s claims.

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 family.

The Duke of Sussex also alleged Kate, 41, had sent Meghan, also 41, some curt text messages a few days before Harry and Meghan married in 2018, regarding Princess Charlotte’s ill-fitting bridesmaid dress.

Harry said Kate 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.

But despite this, a source this weekend said the Princess of Wales has ‘already moved on’ from the furore surrounding 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’ of 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.

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’

While many members of the Royal Family have been the subject of attacks by Prince Harry in Spare and 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 Tindall, called Mike Drop.

Each week, he will interview a guest about horse racing, a passion Mike shares with his wife, with his first guest being his wife Zara.

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.

The couple greet each other saying ‘Hello, my love’ – a phrase often used by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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

Of course, the couple may always have greeted each other in this way. But 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.

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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