See video in full: Meghan Markle celebrates turning 40 by launching new woke ’40×40′ project with help from new Hollywood friend Melissa McCarthy from her Montecito home
Meghan has announced a new initiative to help women back into work in a wacky film featuring Hollywood friend Melissa McCarthy and husband Harry who can be seen juggling in the background.
In a video shared on the Archewell website on Wednesday, the duchess was full of giggles as Bridesmaids actress McCarthy helped her launch her ’40×40′ campaign backed by several other famous contacts.
Meghan, seen for the first time since the birth of her daughter Lilibet two months ago, has called on people around the world to ‘donate’ 40 minutes of their time to support women going back into the workplace.
The slick film was filmed in the same immaculate Montecito study where Harry filmed his recent Apple TV mental health series with Oprah, and Meghan sits at grand oak desk with a number of pictures of her husband and two children, a pile of strategically placed copies of Meghan’s children’s book The Bench and a quintessentially British cup of tea and biscuits.
Her beagle Bogart is sat behind her on a luxurious grey dog cushion.
McCarthy repeatedly interrupts Meghan with jokes about other things she could be doing to celebrate her birthday, leaning on her royal links suggesting a tea party or a bash on a yacht.
MailOnline has produced a transcript of the video below:
Meghan: Hey Melissa, do you have a second?
McCarthy: 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.
[McCarthy is seen solving a Rubik’s Cube, unaware that her camera is on]
Meghan: You know your camera’s on, right? I can see you.
McCarthy: Aha, hang on, I’ll be right back.
[McCarthy gets up from her chair]
Meghan: No no, it’s no problem, its fine.
McCarthy: I think this will probably seem better for you.
[McCarthy sits back down wearing a posh hat and carrying a cup and saucer]
Meghan has announced a new initiative to help women back into work in a wacky film featuring Hollywood friend Melissa McCarthy and husband Harry who can be seen juggling in the background
In a video shared on the Archewell website on Wednesday, the duchess was full of giggles as Bridesmaids actress McCarthy helped her launch her ’40×40′ campaign backed by several other famous contacts
Meghan: Ok, it’s my 40th birthday and I’ve got an idea.
McCarthy: I know what it is.
McCarthy: My first guess- is it another photoshoot under a tree where you’re looking very peaceful?
Meghan: Peaceful under tree is me every day.
McCarthy: No? Ok. Are we finally getting matching tattoos?
[McCarthy holds up an illustration showing Meghan and McCarthy surrounded by roses underneath a banner which says: ‘Besties Forever’]
Meghan: I mean, you know I already have something very similar across my back.
McCarthy: 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.
Meghan, seen for the first time since the birth of her daughter Lilibet two months ago, has called on people around the world to ‘donate’ 40 minutes of their time to support women going back into the workplace
McCarthy: Are you finally going to do a Suits reunion.
Meghan: Why would I do a Suits reunion for my birthday?
McCarthy: 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 –
McCarthy: Yacht party, yacht party! Who’s ready for a yacht?
[McCarthy puts on a beach hat and sunglasses while Meghan giggles]
McCarthy: When you say no yacht, do you mean zero yachts?
[Meghan shakes her head]
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?
McCarthy: 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.
McCarthy: Thanks friend. Bye friend.
McCarthy: See you at 50.
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