On Meghan Markle’s 40th birthday, she kickstarted a project called “40×40,” which offers mentorship to women who are trying to re-enter the workforce after losing their jobs due to the pandemic. “I believe mentorship is one way to help women regain confidence and rebuild their economic strength,” Markle wrote on the project website. “And for my birthday, I have asked 40 friends, activists, athletes, artists, and world leaders to help kickoff a global effort by contributing 40 MINUTES OF MENTORSHIP to support women re-entering the workforce. With this time, I hope they each help someone advance a professional life on her own terms.”
And to help promote the initiative, she asked Melissa McCarthy to do a promotional video with her, which was then posted on Instagram. “It’s my 40th birthday, and I’ve got an idea,” Markle said in the video, and McCarthy offered a list of exciting ideas that could make it exciting, including a “Suits” reunion, getting matching tattoos — Markle joked that she’ll revisit this idea when she turns 50 — and a yacht party. Markle then introduced her project, and asked the comedian if she would be willing to participate. “You in?” she asked, to which McCarthy responded, “Yes. Times 40,” but only if she got to wear her straw hat.