Royal Family news – Meghan takes swipe at firm in b-day video, newest royal member pictured and Queen sends best wishes

MEGHAN Markle has today taken a string of veiled swipes at the Royal Family in her 40th birthday video.

The Duchess of Sussex was today seen for the first time since giving birth to her daughter Lilibet two months ago – joking and smiling as she marked her big day.

Eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot some sweet family photos on her desk.  

Meghan has four framed photos on her desk, which appear to show little Archie, two, and baby Lilibet, who was born on June 4 this year. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are yet to officially share a photo of their newborn baby, and fans excitedly took to social media at the brief glimpse.

Read our Royal Family blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    EXPLAINED: HONOUR MEG IN 40

    To mark her 40th birthday, the Duchess of Sussex launched 40×40. It is a global project to encourage people around the world to commit to giving 40 minutes of their time to support women going back to work.

    Meghan has 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.

  • Milica Cosic

    MEG'S BIRTHDAY MESSAGE

    Meghan released a glitzy video to mark her 40th birthday yesterday. In the video, she called on her Hollywood pals to join her mentorship programme.

    Eagle-eyed viewers can also spot Prince Harry juggling in the background of the video.

    Meghan Markle releases video to mark 40th birthday as she launches women’s initiative

  • Milica Cosic

    THE SECRET MEANING BEHIND MEGHAN MARKLE’S £2,400 NECKLACES IN 40TH BIRTHDAY VIDEO

    The Duchess released a video yesterday in honour of her 40th birthday and the necklaces she wore have a very poignant secret meaning.

    Two astrological necklaces drop from her neck, featuring the star sign constellations of her two children, Archie and Lilibet.

    Archie was born on May 6 2019, which makes him a Taurus Meanwhile, Lilibet was born on June 4 this year, making her a Gemini.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are yet to officially share a photo of their newborn baby, but fans excitedly took to social media at the brief glimpse in the birthday video Meghan posted.

    One person wrote: “I like to think that on the three photos joined the one in the middle is a photo of Harry holding Lili.”

    Meghan Markle wore two necklaces in her 40th birthday video – and the pendants had very special meanings
  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    MEGHAN MARKLE IS HAPPIER THAN EVER AT 40 WITH NO ROYALS, ‘MILLIONS IN THE BANK & A-LISTERS ON HOLD’, SAY EXPERTS

    Meghan Markle turned 40 yesterday and is reportedly “happier than ever”, according to body language and royal experts.

    Royal author Duncan Larcombe told Fabulous: “Perched on her throne in the lavish LA mansion she calls home, the Duchess of Sussex is unlikely to be wondering where it all went wrong.

    “Millions in the bank, Hollywood A-listers on hold, and a red carpet status beyond her wildest of dreams. 

    Read more here.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    TODAY HOSTS BRUTALLY MOCK MEGHAN'S BIRTHDAY VIDEO

    Australia's today show have brutally gone in on Meghan's 40×40 birthday video.

    One of the presenters, Sophie Walsh, thought that Meghan wasn't in a position to lecture the public.

    'I love that she's lecturing people about getting back to the workplace and she quit her job as a royal after less than two years,' she sneered.

    Karl Stefanovic, then ridiculed the way the Duchess spoke, asking: 'Why doesn't she talk normally?"

    "No wonder Harry's outside juggling!" he said, to which Sophie replied, "Harry's lost the plot."

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    INSIDE: MEGHAN’S POTENTIAL PARTY GUESTLIST

    There is a lot of speculation as to who is joining Meghan for her 40th birthday. She’s planning a small affair with around 65 people, with cake being delivered from a posh bakery.

    It’s been rumoured that mum Doria and close pal Oprah will be there. Meghan keeps a range of friends – from A-listers to power players.

    Misha Nonoo is the ex-wife of Prince Harry’s friend Alexander Gilkes, and she is one of a handful of people rumoured to have set up Meghan with her prince. 

    Amal Clooney is another of Meghan’s close friends, although it’s not quite clear how they first became acquainted. The two couples clearly hit it off and have holidayed together at the Clooneys’ Lake Como villa.

    Meg has kept in touch with her former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer, who also attended her wedding to Harry. Abigail also supported the royal during her six-week Christmas break in Canada in 2019, in the lead-up to Megxit.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    THE CROWN SIGNS UP JAMES MURRAY TO PLAY PRINCE ANDREW IN NEW SERIES OF NETFLIX SHOW

    It is understood the fictional Royal Family includes some more acting royalty as work begins on series five of the smash hit Netflix series.

    Cutting It actor James Murry has landed the currently somewhat unenviable role of Prince Andrew.

    James, married to fellow actor Sarah Parish, replaces lesser known Tom Byrne who played Randy Andy in series four.

    James is currently filming the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks-produced Apple TV series, Masters Of Air.

    A source said: “The producers and casting team searched high and low for the best people for the roles.

    “It’s important to have something of a likeness to their characters, but also the acting chops to carry their stories. They’re delighted with their casting.”

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    HBO’S THE PRINCE

    Official trailer for animated comedy The Prince on HBO Max

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    HOW DOES HBO’S THE PRINCE PORTRAY THE ROYAL FAMILY?

    The animated series is set from the prospective of 8-year-old Prince George, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's eldest child, and the future heir to the British throne.

    Created by Gary Janetti, the show is based off of his meme page of the young Prince and pokes fun at the royals and mocks most of the family members.

    In the show, Prince George is portrayed as a sassy and effete royal commentator.

    Following the release of the show, it was met with both praise and criticism following the use of Prince George as their main character.

    "Bottom line, children are off limits," women's rights activist and author Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu said on Good Morning Britain.

    “Creating a parody to poke fun at an 8-year-old is not funny. It’s uncalled for, and it goes against our collective sense of responsibility.”

    Others have since taken to Twitter to voice their comments about the controversial show.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY SET FOR SOME ‘MUCH NEEDED R&R’ WITH BIRTHDAY TRIP

    According to reports from Page Six, Meghan will “be whisked away” by her husband Harry, where they will “have time with each other” to mark the occasion and enjoy some time alone. Meghan gave birth to Lilibet in June.

    Sources have reported that: “the former Suits star won’t have an over the top bash to ring in her big day on August 4th but instead, the couple will reportedly have time with each other on their trip.

    “It’s probably safe to say that the busy parents will enjoy some much-needed R&R.”

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    MEGHAN MARKLE’S £2,400 NECKLACES IN 40TH BIRTHDAY VIDEO REVEALED

    The Duchess of Sussex wore two astrological necklaces from LA brand Logan Hollowell, which featured the star sign constellations of her two children, Archie and Lilibet.

    Archie, two, was born on May 6, 2019, which makes him a Taurus, and Meghan is wearing the corresponding necklace, which is worth £1,149.

    Meanwhile, Lilibet was born on June 4 this year, making her a Gemini, with her constellation necklace setting Meghan back £1,282, bringing the total of the two necklaces to £2,431.

    Meghan released the glitzy video to mark her 40th birthday as she called on her Hollywood pals to join her mentorship programme.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    QUEEN, KATE MIDDLETON AND WILLIAM WISH MEGHAN MARKLE A HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY

    The Queen’s Twitter account posted today: “Wishing The Duchess of Sussex a very Happy Birthday today!”

    William and Kate tweeted: “Wishing a happy 40th birthday to The Duchess of Sussex!”

    Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Camilla wrote: “Wishing The Duchess of Sussex a very happy 40th birthday.”

    The big day marks Meghan’s first birthday since quitting the Royal Family for good in March – and comes just two months after she gave birth to baby Lilibet.

    Read more.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    PRINCE HARRY SPOTTED JUGGLING IN BACKGROUND OF MEGHAN MARKLE’S BIRTHDAY VID

    Meghan released a glitzy video to mark her 40th birthday as she called on her Hollywood pals to join her mentorship programme.

    In the outtakes at the end of the video, her husband Harry can be seen juggling outside through a window.

    The Duchess of Sussex joked with actress Melissa McCarthy in the two-minute clip in her first appearance since giving birth to daughter Lilibet.

    In the light-hearted outtake, McCarthy asked Meghan about her birthday plans, suggesting: “What about afternoon tea with your chickens?”

    Meghan then replies: ” No see I don’t really think tea with the chickens is -“.

    But the pair are then interrupted when Melissa apparently spots Harry in the background, with the prince juggling in the garden outside.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    PRINCE HARRY CAUGHT TRYING TO JUGGLE

    Prince Harry hilariously tries to juggle as he makes cameo appearance in Meghan Markle’s 40th birthday video

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    PRINCESS EUGENIE GIVES SWEET NOD TO MEGHAN MARKLE TO MARK HER 40TH

    On Wednesday, Meghan marked her milestone birthday by releasing a two-minute long video that saw her calling out to her Hollywood pals as she launched her new initiative 40 x 40.

    The mentorship programme is to encourage others to help support women reentering the workforce, with Meghan asking her fellow A-listers to get on board and donate their time.

    Adele and fashion designer Stella McCartney are among the stars who have already signed up to the project, with Princess Eugenie confirming she is the first member of the royal family to team up with Meghan.

    In a sweet nod to her cousin Prince Harry's wife, Eugenie posted to her Instagram story to celebrate "dear" Meghan's birthday and announced she will be donating 40 minutes of her time to the new initiative.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    MEGHAN MARKLE’S BIRTHDAY FALLS ON AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT DATE FOR THE QUEEN

    There is no doubt Meghan’s day will be spent well, surrounded by friends and her family.

    But as well as it being Meghan’s birthday today, it is also an incredibly important date for The Queen.

    Today is also the birthday of her beloved late mum, The Queen Mother. She was born on the 4 August in 1900.

    She married Prince Albert, who later became King George VI in 1923. They had two daughters together, The Queen and Princess Margaret.

    Sadly, the Queen Mother died in March 2002 aged 101. Today is the 121st anniversary of her birth.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    HOW THE DUCHESS HAS UPSET ROYAL FAMILY AS SHE TURNS 40 TODAY

    Meghan Markle turns 40 today – and she’ll be celebrating her landmark birthday in LA with husband Harry and children Archie and Lilibet.

    Since meeting Harry in 2016, and being welcomed into the royal fold, she’s since had a huge impact on the royals. Her journey into the heart of the Firm hasn’t always been a smooth one.

    In 2018, the year Meghan and Harry were wed, it was reported she’d sent emails to staff as early as 5am.

    A royal insider said: “Meghan can be difficult… She has very high standards and is used to working in a Hollywood environment.”

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    MEGHAN MARKLE SAYS SHE’S MADE THE ‘BIGGEST MISTAKE’ IN NEW FILM TRAILER

    Meghan Markle says she’s made the “world’s biggest mistake” joining the royal family in a new trailer for the Lifetime movie being made about Megxit. 

    The new teaser clip for Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace was released on Instagram and shows the couple leaving behind their royal roles. 

    In the 30-second video, Meghan, played by actress Sydney Morton, questions if she made an error marrying into the royal family. 

    Meanwhile, Prince Harry, played by Jordan Dean, insists he’ll “do everything in his power to keep his wife and son safe”.

    Read the full article here.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    THE SECRET MEANING BEHIND MEGHAN MARKLE’S £2,400 NECKLACES IN 40TH BIRTHDAY VIDEO

    The Duchess earlier today released a video in honour of her 40th birthday and the necklaces she wore have a very poignant secret meaning.

    Two astrological necklaces drop from her neck, featuring the star sign constellations of her two children, Archie and Lilibet.

    Archie was born on May 6 2019, which makes him a Taurus Meanwhile, Lilibet was born on June 4 this year, making her a Gemini.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are yet to officially share a photo of their newborn baby, but fans excitedly took to social media at the brief glimpse in the birthday video Meghan posted.

    One person wrote: “I like to think that on the three photos joined the one in the middle is a photo of Harry holding Lili.”

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    PIERS MORGAN SENDS OBAMA A BIRTHDAY MESSAGE – BUT SNUBS NEMESIS MEGHAN MARKLE ON HER 40TH

    The former President of the United States – who served from 2009 to 2017 – turned 60 on August 4.

    To commemorate the milestone birthday, Piers shared a throwback photo alongside Obama.

    The Life Stories presenter wore a black suit with a red tie, while the President wore a blue suit with a blue tie.

    Piers captioned the pic: "Happy 60th Birthday @barackobama – hard to believe you’re only 4 years older than me, but I guess you must have a better surgeon."

    However, the outspoken journalist was silent on Meghan Markle, who turned 40 today.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    MEGHAN MARKLE ACCUSED OF COPYING OBAMAS AGAIN WITH 40 X 40 PROGRAM AFTER BARACK’S 60 FOR 60 DONATION PUSH

    Meghan announced her own "40 for 40" drive via her Archewell site asking people to donate "40 minutes of service" by helping or mentoring someone on her August 4 birthday, which she shares with Obama.

    "I have asked 40 friends, activists, athletes, artists, and world leaders to help kickoff a global effort by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to support women re-entering the workforce," read Meghan's announcement.

    "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."

    Actress Melissa McCarthy also provided comic relief wearing English tea attire as Meghan plugged her idea in a video and showed off her lavish study, while Prince Harry bizarrely juggled outside the window.

    It comes after Obama fans were asked to fork out "$6, $60, $600 or an amount of your choosing to help bring the Obama Presidential Center to life on the South Side of Chicago" on his "60 for 60" fundraiser this week.

     "[To] fuel our work to support emerging leaders around the world. Or simply tell us and President Obama how you’ve spent 60 minutes—or even 60 seconds—giving back to your community," it read.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    IT’S MEGHAN’S WORLD (CONTINUED…)

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a mega £112m deal with Netflix last year after quitting the Royal Family.

    Their first series will be an Invictus Games documentary, but the couple is teed up to make programmes for kids as well a fly-on-the-wall reality series so Meghan can show the world the “real her”.

    While Meg keeps high-profile friends, Andy Barr told Closer magazine that she’s not ready to retire from the big screen just yet. Determined to stay in the limelight Andy said: “I believe she’s looking to take Oprah’s crown – which is ironic, considering she’s given them a foothold in America.”

    Meghan and Harry joined Nobel Peace Prize activist Malala Yousafzai to discuss women’s education in 2020. Her charitable initiatives and dedication to “real action” could result in the DUchess scoring the prize herself.

    Read the article in full here.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    SIX THINGS THE DUCHESS COULD ACHIEVE AS SHE ENTERS NEW ‘POWER DECADE’

    Entering a “new power” decade as she turns 40 today, Meghan reportedly has her sights set on bigger and better things for the next 10 years.

    As she embarks on life in her 40s, Meghan shows no signs of stopping.

    Meghan Markle could run for president in the United States within the next 10 years, according to biographer Tom Bower, who is “convinced her destiny will soar towards greater fame and fortune”.

    Prince Harry last month announced he was writing a tell-all memoir – timed for release in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year. But The Sun’s royal photographer Arthur Edwards reckons Meghan will write most of it.

    Meghan may look to follow in Princess Diana’s footsteps and set up her own charitable foundation. The duchess already has her non-profit Archewell Foundation to “uplift and unite communities”.

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    MEGHAN’S STATEMENT ABOUT HER NEW INITIATIVE 40X40

    The Duchess has written a statement on the Archwell website explaining her new initiative 40×40. Meghan claims that tens of millions of women have left the workforce globally during the past two years, with many leaving due to the pandemic.

    She further stated that research has shown fewer women than men will return to work as pandemic recovery begins.

    “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.”

  • louis.allwood@thesun.co.uk

    FIRST SNAP OF LILIBET RELEASED IN MEGHAN MARKLE’S 40TH BIRTHDAY VIDEO

    Markle appears to have revealed the first photo of baby Lilibet in her 40th birthday video.

    The Duchess of Sussex released a two-minute video in honour of her milestone celebrations – and eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot some sweet family photos on her desk.

    Read more here.

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