Meghan Markle is approaching a landmark birthday and is set to turn 40 later this week.

It's likely that she will spend the day with husband Prince Harry as well as two-year-old son Archie and newborn daughter Lilibet.

And she can probably be sure that she will receive some lovely presents on her big day.

But on a previous birthday, Meghan made a request for a very specific gift on her former lifestyle blog The Tig.

In a post to mark her 33rd birthday in 2014, the Duchess of Sussex laid down a sweet challenge to her readers telling them exactly what she wanted them to do to celebrate her big day.

Meghan reaches a landmark birthday - her 40th this later this week (


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She started the post by saying: "I am 33 years old today. And I am happy. And I say that so plainly because, well…it takes time."

And continued: "So for my birthday, here’s what I would like as a gift: I want you to be kind to yourself. I want you to challenge yourself.

"I want you to stop gossiping, to try a food that scares you, to buy a coffee for someone just because, to tell someone you love them…and then to tell yourself right back. I want you to find your happiness.

Meghan during her days as an actress on the hit TV legal drama Suits (



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"I did. And it’s never felt so good."

Meghan ran her blog, named after her favourite red wine, for three years during her days as an actress on the hit TV legal drama Suits, where she played the character, Rachel Zane.

Her posts often shared her favourite foods and travel destinations and she often wrote about health and wellbeing.

Meghan with husband Prince Harry and young son Archie. They also have a newborn daughter, Lilibet (



She closed the website in April 2017, after it was revealed she had been dating Prince Harry.

In her closing post, Meghan praised her readers for making her "days brighter" and urged them to "keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being 'the change you wish to see in the world'".

She added: "Above all, don't ever forget your worth - as I've told you time and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough."