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Meghan Markle shares sweet tribute to Archie and Lilibet with necklaces featuring their star signs

Meghan Markle shared a sweet tribute to her two children today as she marked her 40th birthday in a pair of necklaces featuring their star sign constellations.  

The Duchess of Sussex wore the dainty silver necklaces resembling the astrological signs of Taurus Archie, who was born in May 2018 and Lilibet, who is a Gemini having been born in June this year.  

She donned the necklaces in a clip posted on the Archwell website, where she chatted over video call to Hollywood actress Melissa McCarthy from her California mansion.  

The $1,785 (£1,283) accessory is by LA-based designer Logan Hollowell and is available in 14k gold and diamond or white sapphire. 

Meghan opted for a relaxed look, pairing the thoughtful accessory with a white vest and pair of linen trousers, teamed with a loose over the shoulders white cardigan. 

Meghan Markle shared a sweet tribute to her two children today as she marked her 40th birthday in necklace featuring their star sign constellations

The Duchess of Sussex wore a dainty silver necklace resembling the astrological signs of Taurus Archie, who was born in May 2018 and Lilibet, who is a Gemini having been born in June this year

The Duchess of Sussex wore a dainty silver necklace resembling the astrological signs of Taurus Archie, who was born in May 2018 and Lilibet, who is a Gemini having been born in June this year

The $1,785 (£1,283) accessory is by LA-based designer Logan Hollowell is available in 14k gold and diamond or white sapphire

The $1,785 (£1,283) accessory is by LA-based designer Logan Hollowell is available in 14k gold and diamond or white sapphire

Her casual LA look was paired with a pair of suede brown £530 Gianvito Rossi heels and a chunky gold bangle. Her brown tresses were tried back in a chic bun and the duchess opted for a natural make-up look with a light smokey eye. 

Speaking in a video shared on the Archewell website the Duchess launched 40×40, a global effort encouraging people around the world to commit to giving 40 minutes of their time to support women going back to work.

At the start of a Zoom-style call in her spotless LA mansion, Meghan told: ‘It’s my 40th birthday and I’ve got an idea. Because I’m turning 40, I’m asking 40 friends to give 40 minutes of their time to mentor a woman who is remobilising back into the workforce.

‘Over 2million women in the US alone and tens of millions around the world have lost their jobs due to Covid. And I think if we all do it, and all commit 40 minutes to an act of service, it can have a ripple effect.’

She donned the necklace in a clip posted on the Archwell website, where she chatted over video call to Hollywood actress Melissa McCarthy from her California mansion

She donned the necklace in a clip posted on the Archwell website, where she chatted over video call to Hollywood actress Melissa McCarthy from her California mansion 

The duchess' casual LA look was paired with a pair of suede brown heels and a chunky gold bangle

The duchess’ casual LA look was paired with a pair of suede brown heels and a chunky gold bangle 

Meghan and Prince Harry announced their birth of their second child Lilibet on June 4th at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital – exactly two months before her mother’s birthday.  

This makes Lili, who was named in honour of the Queen’s childhood nickname, a strong-willed Gemini. UK-based astrologer Francesca Oddie told Femail that the youngster’s sign birth chart an ability to read between the lines, stick to her goals and be very persuasive in getting what she desires. 

The astrologer said that Lili will have ‘the ability to question, talk and reel off information at the speed of light.’ 

Meanwhile Taurus Archie, two, is an Earth sign whose traits include reliability, patience, stability and stubbornness. 

Meghan and Prince Harry announced their birth of their second child Lilibet on June 4th at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital - exactly two months before her mother's birthday. Pictured: Harry and Meghan with Archie in a photo announcing her pregnancy

Meghan and Prince Harry announced their birth of their second child Lilibet on June 4th at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital – exactly two months before her mother’s birthday. Pictured: Harry and Meghan with Archie in a photo announcing her pregnancy 

The duchess’ own astrological chart, according to Theresa Cheung, a UK-based best-selling author in the realms of spirituality, dreams and the paranormal, shows that she is a born rebel.  

‘There is an intense dislike of restraint, combined with a hatred of complacency and this can often lead them to unpredictable or unconventional behaviour.’

In the video Meghan asked 40 activists, athletes, artists and world leaders to participate by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to women re-entering the workforce.

Among those who have committed 40 minutes of their time to mentor a woman in their community are singer Adele, poet Amanda Gorman, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and fashion designer Stella McCartney.

Meghan has also written a statement of intent about her new initiative 40×40 on the website of her charitable foundation Archewell.

She says when reflecting on turning 40, and the many things she is ‘grateful for’, she was struck that ‘time’ is ‘among our greatest and most essential gifts’, especially ‘time spent in service to others knowing that it can contribute to incredible change’.

Speaking in a video shared on the Archewell website, Meghan launched 40×40, a global effort encouraging people around the world to commit to giving 40 minutes of their time to support women going back to work

Prince Harry pops up at the end of the video, making everyone laugh by juggling outside the window of their LA mansion

Prince Harry pops up at the end of the video, making everyone laugh by juggling outside the window of their LA mansion

The duchess claimed globally tens of millions of women had left the workforce during the past two years, in a large part due to the pandemic.

But many were still in unpaid roles like carers and she claimed research has shown fewer women than men will return to work as the pandemic recovery begins.

Meghan added: ‘I believe mentorship is one way to help women regain confidence and rebuild their economic strength, and for my birthday I have asked 40 friends, activists, athletes, artists and world leaders to help kick off a global effort by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to support women re-entering the workforce.

‘With this time, I hope they each help someone advance a professional life on her own terms and I hope that they inspire countless others to give 40 minutes of their time as well.’

Prince Harry makes a cameo appearance in the clip as he juggled in the garden during her two minute conversation with the actress. 

The Royal Family Instagram account, run by the Queen's Buckingham Palace staff, was the first to post on Instagram and Twitter. One of the photos (bottom) shows the Queen, 95, and Meghan smiling on their first and only joint engagement in June 2018

The Royal Family Instagram account, run by the Queen’s Buckingham Palace staff, was the first to post on Instagram and Twitter. One of the photos (bottom) shows the Queen, 95, and Meghan smiling on their first and only joint engagement in June 2018

Within minutes, Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall added their own birthday messages. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose a photo of Meghan from her and Harry's royal tour of Australia in October 2018

Within minutes, Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall added their own birthday messages. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose a photo of Meghan from her and Harry’s royal tour of Australia in October 2018

The Clarence House Instagram account, run by Prince Charles and Camilla's staff, shared a snap of Meghan smiling as she attended a round table discussion on gender equality with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and One Young World at Windsor Castle in October 2019

The Clarence House Instagram account, run by Prince Charles and Camilla’s staff, shared a snap of Meghan smiling as she attended a round table discussion on gender equality with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and One Young World at Windsor Castle in October 2019 

The video ends with ‘bloopers’ from the recording session – including one shot of Prince Harry juggling in the garden, which can be seen through the window. The Duke of Sussex, 36, who is wearing sunglasses and a polo shirt, tosses three balls into the air before dropping them on the ground.

The duchess was showered with congratulations today as she celebrated her 40th birthday, with the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge all sharing well-wishes. 

Transcript: Meghan and Melissa launch Duchess’ ’40×40′ campaign in comedy video call 

Meghan: Hey Melissa, do you have a second?

Melissa: Hey yeah, of course. I’m working on that email I told you I was going to do – that organic garden? That’s what I’m doing.

Meghan: You know your camera’s on, right? I can see you.

Melissa: Aha, hang on, I’ll be right back.

Meghan: No no, it’s no problem, its fine.

Melissa: I think this will probably seem better for you.

Meghan: Ok, it’s my 40th birthday and I’ve got an idea.

Melissa: I know what it is.

Meghan: Really?

Melissa: My first guess- is it another photoshoot under a tree where you’re looking very peaceful?

Meghan: Peaceful under tree is me every day.

Melissa: No? Ok. Are we finally getting matching tattoos?

Meghan: I mean, you know I already have something very similar across my back.

Melissa: This one’s you, and that one’s me, cause sometimes I’m like: Are we twinsies?

Meghan: You know, maybe we save it for when I turn 50.

Melissa: Are you finally going to do a Suits reunion.

Meghan: Why would I do a Suits reunion for my birthday?

Melissa: Why would the cast of Friends do a reunion for my birthday? But they did it.

Meghan: They did say they would only ever do it for a historical event. I think the bigger idea is –

Melissa: Yacht party, yacht party! Who’s ready for a yacht? When you say no yacht, do you mean zero yachts?

Meghan: No, here’s the idea. Because I’m turning 40, I’m asking 40 friends to donate 40 minutes of their time to help mentor a woman who’s mobilising back into the workforce. Over two million women in the US alone and tens of millions around the world have lost their jobs due to Covid. And I think if we all do it and all commit 40 minutes to some sort of active service, we can create a ripple effect. You in?

Melissa: Yes times 40. Forty forty forty, and then 40 times I say yes. Is it ok if I still do it in the hat?

Meghan: I wouldn’t expect anything else.

Melissa: Thanks friend. Bye friend.

Meghan: Cheers.

Melissa: See you at 50.

The Royal Family Instagram account, run by the Queen’s Buckingham Palace staff, was the first to post on Instagram and Twitter, sharing three photos of Meghan along with the message: ‘Wishing the Duchess of Sussex a very happy birthday today!’

One of the photos shows the Queen, 95, and Meghan smiling on their first and only joint engagement in June 2018.

Within minutes, Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall added their own birthday messages.

Royal fans praised the ‘gracious’ and ‘dignified’ decision to share the social media posts despite Harry and Meghan’s recent public criticism of the Royal Family in a string of high-profile TV and podcast interviews.

Meanwhile members of the self-declared ‘Sussex Squad’ – fans who support Harry and Meghan – have made donations to charities and organisations supported by the Duchess as part of a fundraising drive they’ve dubbed the #Meghans40celebration.

Among them is One25, a Bristol charity supporting sex workers that was visited by the Sussexes in 2019. 

The royal offered fans a rare glimpse inside the Californian mansion she shares with Prince Harry and their two young children. 

Chatting via Zoom from her dark grey Apple Macbook computer, the glossy clip was filmed in the same room in which she appeared briefly during her husband and Oprah Winfrey’s recent Apple TV mental health series.  

Viewers were given a more substantial view of the couple’s study, which boasted a grand oak desk with a pile of strategically placed copies of Meghan’s children’s book The Bench, along with elegant white file in-trays and decorative glass bottles.

The Duchess was also joined by her beloved beagle Guy, who looked perfectly at home on a luxurious grey dog cushion, while a chic £1,240 Hermes throw blanket (perhaps a nod to Harry given it features the letter H) was strewn over one of the two cream cushioned chairs.

The adorable beagle, who has lived with the couple in both the UK and now the US , is seen snoozing on the sizeable grey and white striped pillow behind Meghan as she chatted with the Bridesmaid’s star. 

The video comes just weeks after the bombshell announcement that Prince Harry is penning a tell-all memoir to be released next year. The book is described as a ‘definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him’. 

The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William are said to have been completely blindsided by the news.

Prince Harry didn’t feel he needed permission from Buckingham Palace to write the memoir, a spokesman said at the time. The representative told the BBC that Harry would not be expected to obtain permission for the project from Buckingham Palace.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s ‘truth bombing’ began in March with their extraordinary 90-minute interview with Oprah Winfrey where they accused the Royal Family of racism towards Archie and ignoring cries for help from a depressed Meghan when she was suicidal and pregnant.

In the chaotic aftermath of the show, watched by almost 100million people worldwide, the couple claimed this would be their ‘final word’ on Megxit, only to continue talking about it in more damaging detail over the coming months.

And now the royals are awaiting the release of Prince Harry’s book, which coincides with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.

There is reportedly concern among courtiers that it could overshadow celebrations to mark her 70 years as Monarch.

However today’s birthday posts suggest the Firm is keen to present a united front despite the reported tension.

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