Meghan Markle’s 40th birthday project is praised by an expert as having “great ideas.”
One royal critic commended MEGHAN MARKLE’s 40th birthday initiative to help women get back into work, saying it demonstrates the former actress “has excellent ideas.”
Meghan Markle launched a new humanitarian effort on August 4 to commemorate her 40th birthday. The Duchess of Sussex joined comedian Melissa McCarthy on a video call to promote the Archewell 40 x 40 project, which helps women re-enter the workforce.
“In reflecting on my 40th birthday and the many things I am grateful for, I’m struck that TIME IS AMONG OUR GREATEST AND MOST ESSENTIAL GIFTS: time with our loved ones, time doing the things we love, time spent learning, laughing, growing, and the sacred time we have on this earth,” reads a description of the mentorship scheme shared on Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan’s Archewell website.
“Time spent in service to others, knowing that it can lead to amazing change, is one of the most important gifts of time.
“With my 40th lap around the sun in mind, that last point made me wonder: what would happen if we all committed 40 minutes to assisting or mentoring someone in need?
“What if we asked our friends to do the same?” says the narrator.
Meghan chuckles at Melissa’s jokes while explaining the premise for her project in a playful video chat with Melissa, which shows Meghan seated in front of a large desk at her and Harry’s £11 million Montecito property.
According to one royal expert, the program appears to have been inspired by a 2009 Nelson Mandela Foundation project and demonstrates Meghan’s “great ideas for good causes.”
“Meghan’s 40th birthday video and statement on their website Archewell is tied to a wonderful cause,” royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said in response to the film.
“Because so many women throughout the world have lost or abandoned their professions as a result of the epidemic, she has invited 40 rich friends to provide 40 minutes of mentorship to help women re-enter the workforce in the hopes of inspiring others to do the same.”
He continued, “It’s called the ’40 x 40′ initiative, and it appears to be modeled on the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s effort from 2009, which called for 67 minutes of service to others in honor of his 67-year fight against apartheid.”
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