Questions raised over Meghan’s 40×40 work initiative after six-months – ‘Silent!’

Meghan and Harry: ‘No appetite’ for UK return says Neil Sean

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The Duchess of Sussex launched the ‘40×40’ project on her 40th Birthday, a scheme which asked 40 of Meghan Markle’s friends to give 40 minutes of their time to advise women on how to get back into the workplace.  In a launch video with Hollywood actress Melissa McCarthy, Meghan promised the scheme would have a “ripple effect” across the world as each person asks 40 of their own friends to take part. But the scheme, which was launched on August 4, has been questioned by royal expert Neil Sean who raised how “silent” the Duchess of Sussex and the Archewell team have been over the podcast.

Speaking to his Daily News Headlines show, Mr Sean said: “At the time we were all very confused exactly how 40×40 was going to work. 

“There were a few celebrity endorsements, well not that many, in fact not that many at all!

“There was only one minor royal (Princess Eugenie) that was seemingly activated by this, then it went silent.”

The Duke and Duchess’s Archewell production company website has not reported any update on the scheme.

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The royal expert claimed how attempts to hear more about the scheme were met with silence until Archewell, the Sussex’s production company, said it was on an ongoing initiative.

Mr Sean claimed, however, the 40×40 campaign could still be “activated”.

He suggested: “Meghan is a very busy lady, she is currently an executive producer on a Netflix show, busy trying to put together a Spotify deal.

“And more importantly, of course, a mother to two very young children.”

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But there are a number of testimonials from individuals from across the world who have pledged 40 minutes of their own time to assist other women as part of the scheme.

Meghan has also embarked on other projects, including writing a picture book titled ‘The Bench’, published earlier this year, about the bond between a father and a son.

The Duchess, alongside husband Prince Harry,  has also signed multi-million dollar contracts with Netflix and Spotify.


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She is also working on an animated series for Netflix titled ‘Pearl’.

It is described as “a family series that centres on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by a variety of influential women from history.”

The Duchess has also embarked on a lobbying campaign for the introduction of equal pay and parental leave across the United States.

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