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Meghan Markle POLL: Should Kate extend olive branch and back new Duchess of Sussex scheme?

MEGHAN MARKLE shared a birthday message with the world and asked 40 celebrities to spend 40 minutes each helping a woman in need get back into work. Express.co.uk wants to know whether you think Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, should take part in Meghan's charitable scheme.

Meghan Markle releases 40x40 birthday message on Archewell

Meghan and Harry’s charitable foundation, Archewell, released a video of the Duchess on her birthday, August 4, promoting a new charitable scheme named 40x40. Meghan explained that for her birthday, she is asking 40 friends to spend 40 minutes of their time “to help mentor a woman who is mobilising back into the work force”.

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Shortly after the announcement, Princess Eugenie took to Instagram to declare her support for Meghan’s new project.

She wrote: “To celebrate dear Meghan's 40th birthday I'm contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to support women re-entering the workforce.”

Is it time for the royals to move on as a family and say the drama is water under the bridge? Princess Eugenie appears to hold no grudges. Tell us who you think will take part in Meghan’s scheme by voting in our poll and telling us more about your opinion in the comments section.

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Will Kate offer an olive branch to Meghan and support her 40x40 scheme? (Image: Youtube)

Stars like Adele, Amanda Gorman, Deepak Chopra, Gloria Steinem, José Andrés, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Stella McCartney are among those who have already pledged their time as part of the effort.

Actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy starred in Meghan’s promotional video, and also agreed to mentor a woman looking to get back into the working world.

The Duchess said she wants to create a “ripple effect” to help women who have lost their jobs to Covid to get back into work across the world.

Millions of women across the world have been made redundant or been fired due to the impacts of the pandemic.

READ MORE: Princess Eugenie offers support for Meghan’s new initiative

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Princess Eugenie is a new mother (Image: Getty)

In fact, UN Women reports that women have been disproportionately affected as they make up the majority of the workforce in the industries that have been hit the hardest like hospitality, entertainment, and retail.

Many mothers have also had to give up their jobs during lockdowns in order to home-school their children.

As mothers, Princess Eugenie and Meghan are likely to resonate with the pressures that have been weighing on women over the pandemic.

Princess Eugenie’s supportive statement shows that the two women have found common ground, but can other members of the Royal Family do the same?

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Meghan wants to help women get back into employment after Covid, will Kate lend a hand? (Image: Getty)

After the drama that has wreaked havoc with the royal household over the last two years, it has been common knowledge that Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship has been on the rocks, and their wives have been sure to follow suit.

Tensions arose when Meghan Markle accused her sister-in-law Kate of making her cry in the run-up to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal wedding.

Nevertheless, Kate and William posted a photo of Meghan and wrote this simple birthday message on Twitter: “Wishing a happy 40th birthday to The Duchess of Sussex!”

If Kate and William decide to take part in the 40x40 scheme, it will be a major statement to make to the public, and will prove that no matter what, the Royal Family will always remain united in the end.

The Duchess of Cambridge is well known for her charity work, so will she offer an olive branch to Meghan and support her 40x40 scheme in the name of a good cause and making amends? Vote now.

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