Kate ‘has reason’ for not publicly supporting Meghan’s 40X40 scheme, says expert

Kate Middleton "might have reason" for not publicly supporting Meghan Markle's 40X40 project, an expert has claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex celebrated her birthday last week and posted a video message on the Archewell Foundation website to promote her latest campaign called 40×40.

The initiative aims 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 the campaign is yet to be acknowledged by Meghan's sister-in-law Kate just yet, although an expert has said there could be good reason for that.

Mikhaila Friel also says there's no reason Kate may support the new initiative in the future.

She told Us Weekly: "I don’t think it was an intentional move.

"There might be a reason she couldn’t have officially put her name down, but that being said, I don’t think that means that we won’t see her involved in some capacity."

Ms Friel added that that scheduling conflicts, Kensington Palace’s approval process and a host of other reasons could be behind the snub – although Princess Eugenie has thrown her support behind the initiative already.

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"Prince Harry‘s cousin Princess Eugenie she actually posted on her Instagram that she was supporting the initiative,” Ms Friel added. "And her name wasn’t mentioned in the original press release, so it could be that Kate turns around and shows support in her own way down the line."

So far the project has been backed by a host of famous names including Adele, Stella McCartney and Hillary Clinton among many others.

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The Duchess of Sussex announced the new initiative on Wednesday, August 4, while celebrating her 40th birthday.

In a statement, Meghan said: "I believe mentorship is one way to help women regain confidence and rebuild their economic strength, 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.

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"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 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 a clip announcing the initiative, 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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