MEGHAN Markle sent a touching apology to her high school friends for missing their 20-year graduation anniversary – the day before she gave birth to royal baby Archie.
The Duchess of Sussex posted a letter marked “Kensington Palace” to the class-of-1999 reunion of her all-girls Catholic school in Los Angeles earlier this month.
A total of 37 of Meghan’s former schoolmates from Immaculate Heart High School out of a class of more than 50 were able to make the party on May 5.
Meghan gave birth to 7lb 3ox baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in the early hours of May 6 – with husband Prince Harry by her side.
Classes ending in -4 and -9 celebrated their anniversaries this year – including Meghan’s 1999 class.
Despite their disappointment at not getting to see the Duchess, her old pals were delighted to receive the heartwarming note from 37-year-old Meghan.
One former friend told DailyMail.com: “Everyone was disappointed that they did not get to catch up with Meghan given everything that has happened to her.
She is remembered as someone who is very thoughtful, and to get that kind of attention now that she is a royal went down really well.
“But the whole group was super excited about her giving birth to the first British-American prince, it was all anyone talked about.
“They were so excited to get that letter from her.
“She is remembered as someone who is very thoughtful, and to get that kind of attention now that she is a royal went down really well.
“Hopefully she will be able to make it to the 25 year reunion and she is welcome to bring Harry and Archie along with her.”
After the birth of baby Archie – who is seventh in line to the throne – one of Meghan’s former classmates posted a congratulatory message online.
She wrote: “IT’S A BOY!” under a snap from the reunion.
Immaculate Heart High School also joined in the celebrations, writing on Facebook: “The school community extends best wishes of happiness to the Royal Family on this joyous event!”
It is unclear if Meghan attended the three previous reunions held by the $16,850-a-year (£13,050) school for the class of 1999 – in 2004, 2009 and 2014.
Christine Knudsen, who taught one of Meghan’s senior classes, previously told ABC’s 20/20: “She had a lot of inner strength.
“She was spunky. She was feisty.
‘She loved to sing. She loved to act, but she also had that depth, which kind of moved into all of her other subjects.
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“And that was what came through in the end.”
Meghan’s former theology teacher, Maria Pollia, said: “She was a remarkable student even then.
“She was very enthusiastic about the material, but always took it a step further.”
Meghan and Harry show off baby Archie to the Queen, Prince Philip and Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland[/caption]
Prince Harry, Meghan and baby Archie, who was born on May 6[/caption]
Meghan showed baby Archie’s adorable feet in this snap earlier this week[/caption]
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