Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘steal Prince Louis’ thunder’ by releasing stunning wildlife snaps on SAME day as first birthday pictures

THE CAMBRIDGES and the Sussexes faced an awkward double exposure when both released sets of official photos within hours of each other.

Prince William and Kate put out snaps of Prince Louis taken by her ahead of his first birthday.

They were part of a long-planned release.

But in a surprise move, Harry and Meghan also published a series of stunning photos — of wildlife taken by the prince.

The dad-to-be’s snaps of endangered rhinos, orcas and elephants were released for Earth Day.

Royal author Phil Dampier said: “It starts to look like Harry and Meghan are in competition and are out to steal Louis’ thunder.

“It isn’t like Harry and Meghan didn’t know it was Louis’s birthday. They have known since he was born last year!

“It is slightly clumsy news management and will do nothing but add to the narrative that splitting the two households of Cambridge and Sussex will lead to a conflict of interest.”

The glut of pictures came as Wills and Kate released three portraits of Louis under embargo to mark his birthday.

The young royal appears to have grown two teeth since he was last seen on the family’s Christmas card image in December.

The duchess kept his outfits simple in the snaps with a classic red, white and blue colour scheme.

In two of the photos, Louis is wearing a white shirt with blue lining under a burgundy jumper.

In the other he wears a blue puppy jumper from childrenswear brand Trotters which is currently in the sale at £35.

The images were issued with Kensington Palace saying: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share three new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow.

“The photographs were taken earlier this month by the Duchess at their home in Norfolk.”

By mid-afternoon, Harry and Meghan had posted nine Earth Day images on their Instagram account to highlight the “opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home”.

One photo shows the couple hand-in-hand in Rotorua, New Zealand.

The other eight images were taken by Harry on this global travels.

A royal source insisted the releases were not intended to clash or reflect conflict between the two households.

They said: “The Sussexes wanted to mark Earth Day on social media to promote caring for the environment.

“Prince Louis’ birthday will not clash with this and the whole royal family are excited about him turning one.”