Meghan Markle criticised for calling unemployed pals to lecture working women

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Meghan Markle was hit with criticism and accused for "patronising and lecturing women" in her latest 40th birthday video.

The Duchess of Sussex celebrated her birthday on Wednesday and posted a video message on Archewell website to promote a campaign, namely 40×40.

The initiative is to encourage people around the world to spare 40 minutes of their time to help women re-entering the workforce through mentorship or community service.

But Daily Star columnist Dawn Neesom felt Meghan's move was "patronising".

She told TalkRadio presenter Kevin O'Sullivan: "Once upon a time, there was a princess living in a gilded mansion in California who decided that she was going to be a fairy and patronised and lectured all the women on how to get their lives back on track.

"Obviously Kevin, I have never heard so much guff in my entire life. I really want, just once, Meghan to use her position to actually, genuinely help women. I really would love her to do that."

The journalist then commented on Meghan's move of asking 40 of her friends to mentor someone in need.

"But to sit and come out by this 40×40, basically to say she has 40 of her 'bestest' friends, like Hilary Clinton, and Adele and Princess Eugenie to spend 40 minutes out of their precious time," Dawn added.

"Let's face it, most of them are unemployed – to lecture ordinary women, or mentor, let's put it that way, on how to get themselves back into the workplace."

Meghan enlisted her pal Melissa McCarthy to help launch the initiative on a video call and her husband Prince Harry made a surprise appearance at the end of the clip where he was trying to show off his juggling skills.

In the clip, she wore two necklaces as a sweet tribute to her two children, Archie and Lilibet Diana, as they had connections to their constellation signs.

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