Yesterday was a very special day for Meghan Markle – as The Duchess of Sussex celebrated turning 40 (and launched a new initiative to help women re-enter the workforce in the process)! Her big birthday came just two months after the arrival of her and Prince Harry's daughter, Lilibet Diana, so we imagine that the couple spent the day's festivities at home, as a new family of four.
As for the couple's other family members overseas (the Royals, no less), they were also keen to share their well wishes by posting birthday shout-outs to The Duchess on social media. Princess Eugenie, Harry's cousin, even went so far as to pledge a heartfelt gift to "dear" Meghan, promising that she would be joining in with her new 40x40 mentorship scheme.
Writing on her Instagram Stories, Princess Eugenie said, "To celebrate dear Meghan's 40th birthday I'm contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to support women reentering the workforce."
Along with some fun birthday GIFs, Eugenie also urged her followers to get involved too, "In the past two years, tens of millions of women around the world have departed the workforce. If you can, please join me and commit 40 minute to community, service or mentorship."
Also wishing many happy returns for the day was The Queen's official Instagram account (@theroyalfamily), which shared a collage of three images on both Instagram and Twitter. One photo showed Meghan and Harry with their son, Archie Harrison, while meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, South Africa.
Another shot was of Prince Harry and Meghan at one of their last ever working engagements as senior royals at the Endeavour Awards. Then, a touching third choice shows The Queen and Meghan together during their first royal outing as a twosome, taken back in 2018, suggesting that Her Majesty is keen to remember happier times.
The collage was accompanied by the words 'Wishing The Duchess of Sussex a very happy birthday today!':
Prince Harry's brother, Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton, also used their account (@dukeandduchessofcambridge) to share a throwback photo of Meghan, taken while she was on a tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand with Harry, and pregnant with Archie.
In the image, Meghan is on a visit to Bondi beach and is wearing a striped dress, complete with a flower garland.
The accompanying birthday message shared by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reads "Wishing a happy 40th birthday to the Duchess of Sussex!" along with a celebratory cake emoji.
Then last, but by certainly no means least, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, also took to Instagram Stories to post a shout-out to their daughter-in-law across the pond.
Opting for a picture of Meghan taken at a discussion on gender equality with The Queens Commonwealth Trust (QCT) and One Young World at Windsor Castle, the @clarencehouse account added a message: "Wishing the Duchess of Sussex a very happy 40th birthday!" complete with a party popper emoji.
For more information on Meghan's 40x40 project, visit the Archewell website.
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