Meghan Markle's reasons for leaving royals questioned by Rae
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have quickly built up an army of celebrity and high-profile Hollywood friends since moving to the US last year. Meghan shares her birthday on August 4 with former US President Barack Obama, who has previously been known to be on friendly terms with Prince Harry. However, the pair were not invited to his 60th birthday this year despite other celebrities reportedly being invited, including Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
Meghan also launched 40×40 on her 40th birthday, 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.
Royal expert Angela Levin claimed the Obamas may not have been pleased about the initiative as it appeared to echo a similar birthday charity project by the former US President.
She told the Sun: “Interestingly, the title is very similar to Barack’s 60×60 birthday appeal, where supporters were invited to donate 60 dollars, or even six dollars, to a worthy cause.
“It must be irritating for the Obamas to see Harry and Meghan copying much of what they do.
“The other problem is that the Obamas are also close to Prince William and his family.
“Who can forget that night in 2016 when they went to dinner with William and Catherine at their home and met Prince George, then three, who was in his dressing gown?
“I’m sure that if they say we can only deal with one brother and his wife — you cannot have both because they are so far apart now — they will go towards William.
“The Obamas clearly always regarded Harry highly, but I am sure they can see through Meghan.”
Mr Obama’s team set up the 60 for 60 initiative as part of his 60th birthday celebrations on August 4.
They wrote in a statement on the website: “Help us make President Obama’s 60th birthday the most special one yet by donating $6, $60, $600 or an amount of your choosing to help bring the Obama Presidential Centre to life on the South Side of Chicago and 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.”
Meanwhile, Meghan said she has asked 40 activists, athletes, artists and world leaders to participate by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to women re-entering the workforce.
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She added that when reflecting on turning 40, and the many things she is “grateful for”, she was struck that “time” is “among our greatest and most essential gifts” especially “time spent in service to others knowing that it can contribute to incredible change”.
Meghan added she believed “mentorship is one way to help women regain confidence and rebuild their economic strength”.
She said: “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.”
Meghan and Harry were also reportedly left of the Former US President’s birthday guest list.
It is not known whether they turned down an invitation due to Meghan’s birthday or were not invited.
But Ms Levin also claimed Meghan “desperately wanted” to attend the three-day celebrations.
Writing in The Sun, she said: “I am told that despite claiming she was unable to attend, Meghan desperately wanted to be the special guest at the Obama’s amazing party.”
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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