Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, asked for just one thing for her milestone birthday. She turned 40 on August 4th and marked the occasion by asking her fans for a special gift.
Meghan Asked Fans for 40 Minutes of Their Time
In honor of her big 4-0, Meghan launched the 40×40 initiative on the Sussexes official website, Archewell. She asked 40 of her famous friends to pledge 40 minutes of mentorship to women who are struggling to reenter the workforce.
She teamed back up with Smart Works, the fashion charity that she partnered with on a capsule wardrobe collection, as well as the YWCA and L.A. Works.
Her hope is that the rest of us will follow in their footsteps by volunteering just 40 minutes of our time to help others. She kicked off the initiative with a video co-starring Melissa McCarthy. And if you watch until the very end, you’ll see a hilarious outtake where Harry pops up juggling tennis balls on the lawn right outside Meghan’s office–cracking everyone up.
Royal Watchers Were Hoping for Something Else
The UK tabloids were speculating for weeks that Meghan would share a photo of baby Lilibet on Wednesday. Why? Not totally clear. Maybe the professional royal gossips hoped that they could will the photo into existence if they talked about it enough. Richard Fitzwilliams, a grown man in his 70s, told The Sun:
“The Sussexes are very unpredictable, but I think she will mark her 40th with something like a photo of Lili. I would expect something online, as they are very savvy about online posting, and their brand has a great many fans, and Meghan’s 40th is a very big milestone. I would say they would do something to play to their substantial number of fans, and be of worldwide interest, hence the conclusion we would see photos of Lili – I don’t know. Royal fans have been wanting to see a photo of her for some time.”
Chill, Richard. Not only do the Sussexes owe the UK tabloid machine nothing, but it’s weird as heck to think that Meghan should post a photo of her child as a gift to you on her birthday.
Now that the Sussexes no longer have to play the game as official royals, don’t expect their kids to be trotted out on the regular. They have zero obligation to help feed the predatory industry that nearly killed Meghan–and, in Harry’s opinion, did kill his mother.
Palace Twitter Accounts Coordinate Well-Wishes
The official Twitter accounts for Buckingham Palace (the Queen), Clarence House (Charles and Camilla), and Kensington Palace (William and Kate) all delivered birthday messages on social media.
The pictures and greetings were published within five minutes of each other, so it’s likely that the PR staff from all three palaces coordinated.
Wishing a happy 40th birthday to The Duchess of Sussex! 🎂 pic.twitter.com/qekFyLPmiD
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) August 4, 2021
Wishing The Duchess of Sussex a very happy 40th birthday. 🎈 pic.twitter.com/dCncyhMLrQ
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) August 4, 2021
🎈 Wishing The Duchess of Sussex a very Happy Birthday today! pic.twitter.com/xvrRH4sEwX
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) August 4, 2021