Meghan Markle shared a sweet tribute to her two children today as she marked her 40th birthday in a necklace featuring their star sign constellations.
The Duchess of Sussex wore a dainty silver necklace resembling the astrological signs of Taurus Archie, who was born in May 2018 and Lilibet, who is a Gemini having been born in June this year.
She donned the necklace in a clip posted on the Archwell website, where she chatted over video call to Hollywood actress Melissa McCarthy from her California mansion.
Meghan opted for a relaxed look, pairing the thoughtful accessory with a white vest and pair of linen trousers, teamed with a loose over the shoulders white cardigan.
Meghan Markle shared a sweet tribute to her two children today as she marked her 40th birthday in necklace featuring their star sign constellations.
Her casual LA look was paired with a pair of suede brown heels and a chunky gold bangle. Her brown tresses were tried back in a chic bun and the duchess opted for a natural make-up look with a light smokey eye.
Speaking in a video shared on the Archewell website the Duchess launched 40x40, a global effort encouraging people around the world to commit to giving 40 minutes of their time to support women going back to work.
At the start of a Zoom-style call in her spotless LA mansion, Meghan told: 'It's my 40th birthday and I've got an idea. Because I'm turning 40, I'm asking 40 friends to give 40 minutes of their time to mentor a woman who is remobilising back into the workforce.
'Over 2million 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 an act of service, it can have a ripple effect.'
She donned the necklace in a clip posted on the Archwell website, where she chatted over video call to Hollywood actress Melissa McCarthy from her California mansion
The duchess' casual LA look was paired with a pair of suede brown heels and a chunky gold bangle
Meghan and Prince Harry announced their birth of their second child Lilibet on June 4th at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital - exactly two months before her mother's birthday.
This makes Lili, who was named in honour of the Queen's childhood nickname, a strong-willed Gemini. UK-based astrologer Francesca Oddie told Femail that the youngster's sign birth chart an ability to read between the lines, stick to her goals and be very persuasive in getting what she desires.
The astrologer said that Lili will have 'the ability to question, talk and reel off information at the speed of light.'
Meanwhile Taurus Archie, two, is an Earth sign whose traits include reliability, patience, stability and stubbornness.
Meghan and Prince Harry announced their birth of their second child Lilibet on June 4th at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital - exactly two months before her mother's birthday. Pictured: Harry and Meghan with Archie in a photo announcing her pregnancy
The duchess' own astrological chart, according to Theresa Cheung, a UK-based best-selling author in the realms of spirituality, dreams and the paranormal, shows that she is a born rebel.
'There is an intense dislike of restraint, combined with a hatred of complacency and this can often lead them to unpredictable or unconventional behaviour.'
In the video Meghan asked 40 activists, athletes, artists and world leaders to participate by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to women re-entering the workforce.
Among those who have committed 40 minutes of their time to mentor a woman in their community are singer Adele, poet Amanda Gorman, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and fashion designer Stella McCartney.
Meghan has also written a statement of intent about her new initiative 40x40 on the website of her charitable foundation Archewell.
She says when reflecting on turning 40, and the many things she is 'grateful for', she was struck that 'time' is 'among our greatest and most essential gifts', especially 'time spent in service to others knowing that it can contribute to incredible change'.
Speaking in a video shared on the Archewell website, Meghan launched 40x40, a global effort encouraging people around the world to commit to giving 40 minutes of their time to support women going back to work
Prince Harry pops up at the end of the video, making everyone laugh by juggling outside the window of their LA mansion
The duchess claimed globally tens of millions of women had left the workforce during the past two years, in a large part due to the pandemic.
But many were still in unpaid roles like carers and she claimed research has shown fewer women than men will return to work as the pandemic recovery begins.
Meghan added: 'I believe mentorship is one way to help women regain confidence and rebuild their economic strength, and for my birthday I have asked 40 friends, activists, athletes, artists and world leaders to help kick off a global effort by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to support women re-entering the workforce.
'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.'
The duchess was showered with congratulations today as she celebrated her 40th birthday, with the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge all sharing well-wishes.
The Royal Family Instagram account, run by the Queen's Buckingham Palace staff, was the first to post on Instagram and Twitter. One of the photos (bottom) shows the Queen, 95, and Meghan smiling on their first and only joint engagement in June 2018
Within minutes, Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall added their own birthday messages. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose a photo of Meghan from her and Harry's royal tour of Australia in October 2018
The Clarence House Instagram account, run by Prince Charles and Camilla's staff, shared a snap of Meghan smiling as she attended a round table discussion on gender equality with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and One Young World at Windsor Castle in October 2019