Meghan Markle: 40×40 project 'patronising' says Neesom
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Meghan Markle, 40, discussed plans for her birthday with celebrity pal Melissa McCarthy who joined her on a video call. In a humorous clip, the pair considered ideas to mark the Suits actress’ landmark birthday.
He’s too dumb to see it
However, one noticeable cameo from Prince Harry in the “outtakes” of the video originally shared on the couples’ Archewell website caught the eye of Lady Colin Campbell, 77.
The Duke could be spotted outside Meghan’s home office window performing a juggling routine, as Meghan and Melissa giggled at his antics.
The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestant said the Prince is being “humiliated” by his spouse and is performing like a “court jester” while living stateside.
Giving her thoughts on the cameo from Prince Harry, Lady Colin remarked in her latest YouTube video: “Can you imagine how debased it is for a Prince Of The United Kingdom to be juggling his balls, like a tacky court jester.
“The whole thing is a study in humiliating Harry and he’s too dumb to see it,” she claimed.
The aristocrat alleges if the former royal couple were still residing in the UK the sketch for Meghan’s 40th birthday video would have been scrapped immediately.
“I can tell you something, if a scenario like this had been brought in when they were under the aegis of the palace, it would have been kiboshed from the word go.
“Of course Meghan then would have said, ‘Those ghastly men in suits, they’re all snobs’.
“No woman of any decency would do anything to humiliate her husband or to humiliate anyone else.”
The video was created for Meghan to introduce her mentoring scheme to support women who want to get back into the workplace.
The announcement of the project, dubbed “40×40” by the Duchess, involves 40 activists, athletes, artists and world leaders who she has asked to contribute 40 minutes of their time to support women re-entering the workforce.
She told Melissa: “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.”
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“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.”
In a statement on the website, Meghan said that women are “shouldering the brunt of the crisis when it comes to unpaid labour, including schooling and caring for family members”.
The 40-year-old said research shows “fewer women than men will regain work” as the world recovers from the pandemic.
Melissa also shared the video on her Instagram page, and said: “Whether you donate time to mentoring, community service, or any act of service that you can, we can all contribute to a global wave of compassion and positive change together.”
However, some critics were not pleased by the video as they felt it could be “mocking” the Queen.
Royal expert and commentator Angela Levin asked on Twitter: “Anyone else think that Meghan and her friend Melissa McCarthy were mocking the Queen in the birthday video?”
She continued: “Both holding old fashioned cup and saucer-like Meg used in her blog after 1st meeting with Queen. Melissa sipping from the cup wearing a fancy hat and gloves?
“The mockery shows what she thinks of the Royal Family. She’s got what she wanted and is confident she can outsmart us all.
“We just have to wait for Harry’s outpouring in his memoir.”
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