Meghan Markle Celebrates 41st Birthday Following Year Full Of Milestones

Aug 04, 2022 by apost team

Every so often, the public is treated to an inside view of the private life of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The royal couple stays relatively quiet outside of curated press releases and rare public appearances. Although the Duchess of Sussex was somewhat used to the spotlight as a former actress, being reintroduced as a member of the British royal family was extremely different and very difficult.

However, after Meghan and Harry announced their royal departure in 2020 and acted on that the following year, the family unit has stayed very strong and has even grown in size. Meghan and Harry are parents of two: Archie Mountbatten-Winsdor and Lilibet “Lili” Mountbatten-Windsor. They now reside in Montecito, California.

Mere days after giving birth to their daughter, the Duchess of Sussex released her very first children's book titled "The Bench." The story began as a poem that Meghan wrote to Harry one Father's Day before it was turned into a book with gorgeous illustrations by Christian Robinson. Released in June 2021, it didn't take long for "The Bench" to become a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, proving that Meghan’s talents lie in much more than just acting.

The mom of two spent her 40th birthday launching a women’s work initiative called 40x40. The global project encourages people to give 40 minutes of their time to support women returning to the workforce.

And on Aug. 4, 2022, Meghan celebrated her 41st birthday. Read on to find out more about Meghan’s birthday and her impact on the world.

Meghan Markle (2018), (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

The years 2020 and 2021 were very eventful for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Harry and Meghan disentangled further from the royal family and truly began living their newfound independent lives. In March 2021, they released their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, which bared all about their time as working royals and revealed the mistreatment Meghan received.

Then came Harry’s television series with Winfrey, "The Me You Can't See," which took an open approach to mental health. After the birth of Lilibet in June 2021, Meghan had her media release with "The Bench." After hitting the No. 1 New York Times bestseller list, Meghan personally thanked her fans via the couple's Archewell website. 

While Meghan also had a Netflix series with the working title “Pearl” in the works, Deadline reported that it was canceled in 2022.

However, for her big 40th birthday, Meghan revealed another project, as the mom was just refusing to slow down. Meghan filmed a home video with actress Melissa McCarthy, in which McCarthy came up with several outrageous ideas on how Meghan was celebrating her 40th birthday, jokingly suggesting a "Suits" reunion, as well as a yacht party. After McCarthy’s antics, Meghan revealed that she was celebrating her 40th by launching the 40x40 project

In the video, Meghan said:

"In the past two years, and in large part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, TENS OF MILLIONS OF women around the world have left the workforce, including over two million women in the U.S. So many of these women are also SHOULDERING THE BRUNT OF THE CRISIS when it comes to unpaid labor, including schooling and caring for family members. And the latest research shows that FEWER WOMEN THAN MEN WILL REGAIN WORK as we recover from the pandemic."

Meghan Markle (2022), (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

By teaming up with 40 "friends, activists, athletes, artists, and world leaders," Meghan wanted to kick off a global effort for people to offer 40 minutes of mentorship to women reentering the workforce.

Meghan said:

"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. If you are able, please JOIN US and pledge 40 minutes today in service of others in the way that feels right to you. The time that you donate can contribute to a GLOBAL WAVE OF SERVICE and set in motion meaningful impact in our own communities, and across the world."

While Meghan has been busy in the past few years, she has always made time for her beautiful family. Body language expert Judi James spoke about the similarities between Meghan and Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, regarding the Sussex’s holiday photo from 2021. “The body language that Meghan uses with her baby here is an almost direct and perfect copy of a pose adopted by Diana with her own baby many years before,” James said, as per Express.

James added, “Both women define themselves as loving, doting mothers with this pose and both allow their babies to be seen in a playful mood as they laugh and smile down at them… The joy and delight on both women’s faces is tangible and it is also mirrored by their children’s facial expressions.”

The Duchess of Sussex has left a wonderful impact on the world already, and she still has so much more to offer. We can’t wait to see what year 41 brings Meghan and her family!

Meghan Markle (2018), (Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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