Meghan Markle 40th birthday latest – Harry and Lilibet spotted in video as Royal family send best wishes on twitter

PRINCE Harry has been spotted juggling in the background of Meghan Markle's birthday video today.

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.

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 Meghan and Harry live blog below for the very latest updates...

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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”.

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    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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    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.”

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    PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN LINED UP TO MAKE HOLLYWOOD DEBUT NEXT MONTH

    Emmy awards bosses want Prince Harry and wife Meghan to make their Hollywood debuts at the ceremony next month.

    TV execs are keen for the pair to attend the A-list event in downtown LA.

    They may even try to persuade the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to present an award, insiders say.

    Read more here.

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    ONE THING MEGHAN WILL NOT BE DOING NOW SHES 40

    Meghan will not be re-joining the Royals.

    Buckingham Palace confirmed that Harry and his wife would not be returning to royal duties – a decision that made their departure formal and final.

    A statement from the couple also verified that "they will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family".

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    ROYAL ROUNDUP

    • Prince Harry spotted JUGGLING in background of Meghan's birthday video
    • First snap of Lilibet released in Meghan Markle’s 40th birthday video
    • Six things the duchess could achieve as she enters new ‘power decade’ – and the one thing she won’t
    • Queen, Kate Middleton and William wish Meghan a happy 40th birthday with sweet pictures of duchess

    3 WAYS DUCHESS TAKES A SWIPE AT THE ROYALS IN CRINGE VIDEO

    In the first 30 seconds of the clip, actress Melissa claims she is working on her organic garden before pretending to realise her camera is on for the video chat.

    She then says: "Hang on, I'll be right back."

    The American actress then returns to the screen joking "this will probably be better for you" – having changed from her beige robe into a floral dress and fascinator and gloves.

    The gag clearly is a reference to Meghan's time in the UK, poking fun at garden party attire.

    In another swipe, Meghan is seen drinking from a VERY British teacup while snacking on some tea and biscuits – seemingly a deliberate nod to the country she and her family fled from.

    And Meghan's birthday message could be seen in a jibe towards the royals with the message: "the most valuable gifts of time is also time spent in service".

    The Royals are known to dedicate their lives to service.

    MEGHAN LOOKS ‘CALM’ LIKE SHE’S ON SPA BREAK IN 40TH BIRTHDAY VID, SAYS EXPERT

    Analysing Meghan's body language in the clip – which sees her call on her Hollywood pals to join her mentorship programme, alongside Melissa McCarthy – expert Judi James claims it's the first time we see her "not taking herself too seriously".

    Judi claims that a "relaxed" Meghan seems as if she is filming on a "spa break" and the mum-of-two treats viewers to a more "fun" side of her personality.

    "So, just as we thought we had seen [all] sides to Meghan’s personality she unveils a new one to mark her fortieth birthday," Judi tells Fabulous.

    "This is the first glimpse we have had of a fun, comedy Meghan who is actually not taking herself too seriously.

    "She is also emphatically self-effacing, grinning happily as friend and comic Melissa McCarthy pokes fun at her royal connections as well as making a joke about her time in Suits."

    The clip also sees Meghan's husband Prince Harry larking around as he's spotted juggling in the background of her video and Judi reckons Meghan is now taking a light-hearted leaf out of his book.

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      HARRY ATTEMPTS JUGGLING IN MEGHAN'S BIRTHDAY VIDEO

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

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      INSIDE MEGHAN MARKLE’S OFFICE WITH A HEALING CRYSTAL, H BLANKET, STACKS OF HER BOOKS AND PICS OF ARCHIE AND LILIBET

      The luxurious space features a healing crystal, what appears to be a Hermes "H" blanket, stacks of her books and pictures of Archie and Lilibet on her desk.

      She chatted to McCarthy Apple Macbook computer, flanked by 11 copies of her children's book The Bench on a huge oak desk, which also features white file in-trays and glass bottles as her beagle "Guy" slept behind her.

      Viewers could also see a fancy $1,723 (£1,240) Hermes throw blanket emblazoned with the letter "H" on two cream chairs, while a gold vase with a bunch of large white roses took center stage on her desk.

      Her throw blanket is made of woven wool, cashmere and the shade Meghan chose appears to be Écru/Gris Clair, the Daily Mail noted.

      Meghan also has paper organizers which look like Threshold items sold at Target and priced just under $8.

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      MEGHAN MARKLE’S TOUCHING BIRTHDAY TRADITION INSPIRED BY HER MUM

      In a post on her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig, Meghan wrote about how she takes part in a tradition that was inspired by her mum.

      Using her special day to reflect on her life and what she wants the future to look like, this sweet birthday tradition stemmed from mum Doria Ragland. Writing the post in 2016, Meghan said: “My mom has always said that birthdays are your own personal New Year.”

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      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.

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      EXPLAINED: WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN MEGHAN AND HER DAD

      The Duchess’ dad Thomas recently revealed that he no longer even has his daughter’s phone number – so it’s highly unlikely he will be invited to her birthday celebrations today.

      They dramatically fell out after he set up paparazzi snaps of himself getting fitted for a suit and reading articles about his daughter in the lead up to the Royal Wedding.

      Mr Bower said that “Meghan appears to show little remorse about hurting” her dad.

      Shunned Thomas, who lives in Mexico, has not had any contact with his duchess daughter for three years, and he has never met her husband Harry, or their two tots, Archie and Lilibet.

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      ‘MEGHAN MARKLE’S FAMILY WON’T SEND HER BIRTHDAY PRESENTS AS RIFT WITH DAD THOMAS MARKLE CONTINUES’

      A royal author claims Meghans’s family WON’T be sending her 40th birthday presents due to the ongoing painful rift with her dad.

      Meghan has not seen her father for years, last speaking to him around the time of her wedding to Harry in 2018.

      “But there will be no birthday cards from Meghan’s father and siblings, nor probably from her in-laws in London.

      “There will certainly be no adoring congratulations from the small army of former friends the Duchess has shunned over the past 15 years, including her ex-husband, childhood confidants and discarded London associates.”

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      ‘SERVICE IS UNIVERSAL’: MEGHAN AND HARRY ARE “PETULANT, RUDE AND IMMATURE”

      A former aide of the Queen claimed Meghan and Harry were “petulant, rude and immature” when they confirmed they won’t return as frontline royals.

      After the announcement this year, a statement released by the Palace said it is “not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service”.

      However, Meghan and Harry then quickly hit back with their own statement which said: “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”

      And royal author Robert Jobson added: “The rudeness of the statement they issued after they left!

      “Frankly, they have been given a lot of slack, but they were damn right rude to the Queen and the Royal Family.”

      Read more here.

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      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.

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      ROYAL FAMILY USE MEGHAN MARKLE’S DUCHESS OF SUSSEX TITLE IN BIRTHDAY MESSAGES

      Despite the ongoing debate around Meg and Harry’s titles, royal members, including the Queen have wished Meghan a happy birthday by referring to her as the Duchess of Sussex.

      The Queen, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, and Camilla have all reached out to wish her happy birthday on Twitter.

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      MEGHAN MARKLE UNFILTERED: HOW MARRYING PRINCE HARRY LAUNCHED HER INTO SUPERSTARDOM

      Before marrying into royalty, Meghan was one of the most photographed women in the world. Since marrying Harry, the camera has been known to capture the candid moments between the couple.

      From romantic moments and sweet smiles to contemptuous glances and serious stares, Prince Harry’s wife is always primed to perfection.

      Although Meghan has had a strained relationship with some of the royals, she had only positive things to say about the Queen. During her tell-all interview with Oprah, she said: ‘The Queen has always been wonderful to me.

      “I just really loved being in her company… she’s always been warm and inviting and really welcoming.”

      Since relocating across the pond, Meghan and Harry’s relationship has only gone from strength to strength. They have welcomed two children since marrying; Lilibet and Archie.

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