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Meghan Markle celebrates 40th birthday with video featuring celebrity pal Melissa McCarthy

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Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, - who recently welcomed a baby daughter called Lilibet Diana, with Prince Harry - turned 40-years-old today and to celebrate this next chapter in her life she released a video starring celebrity pal, actress, Melissa McCarthy.

The special video was uploaded to the Archewell website and features Meghan Markle speaking on a video call with Melissa McCarthy from their respective homes about doing something special to mark the occasion.

The pair discuss getting matching tattoos, but Meghan jokes that she already has "something really similar across my back" and it's maybe one to save for the 50th. So that's out. And while they chatted and Melissa made some not so subtle jokes poking fun at old rumors and reported events, the true reason for the video was made apparent with the Duchess of Sussex's announcement of the 40x40 project, which involves 40 activists, athletes, artists and world leaders who Meghan has asked to contribute 40 minutes of their time to support women re-entering the workforce.

"Because I'm turning 40 I'm asking 40 friends to donate 40 minutes of their time to help mentor a woman who's mobilising back into the workforce," she says in the clip, which has been released on Harry and Meghan's Archewell website.

"Over two million 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 some sort of active service, we can create a ripple effect."

Watch the video below!