The Hidden Meaning Behind Meghan Markle’s Birthday Necklace.

It’s a sweet tribute to her children.

It’s no secret to royal followers that jewelry is more than a mere adornment. From Queen Elizabeth’s brooches to Kate Middleton’s necklaces, royal attire is distinct and deliberate – especially when it comes to accessories. Whether they’re nodding to the past or setting forth new sentimentalities, a deep dive into the meaning behind royal jewelry renders many a fascinating backstory. That’s why, when Meghan Markle apeared in a video for her birthday, her layered necklaces were quick to catch our eye.

In celebration of her 40th birthday, the Duchess of Sussex announced that she’s launching a new charitable initiative, entitled 40×40. For the project, she recruited actress Melissa McCarthy to join her on a video call to help spread the word (a provide a few laughs along the way); McChathy made two outfit changes, the Duchess sipped tea from a gorgeous ceramic cup, Prince Harry juggled in the background, and, above all, they made their call – to – action clear.

The duchess, phoning in from an office in her Montecito home, wore a calming blend of neutrals, including an ivory sweater, white tank top, lounge pants, and brown suede Manolo Blahnik pumps. She completed the look with two delicate astrology – themed necklaces from the Los Angeles – based jewelry brand Logan Hollowell. Both necklaces feature constellations – one of Taurus, and one of Gemini – made of 14 gold and diamond. The pieces are a sweet – yet – subtle tribute to her two children: A Taurus necklaced for Archie’s star sign, and a Gemini necklace for Lilibet.

While our eyes were surely on the duchess’s ensemble, we were all ears when it come to her new initiative. With 40×40, Meghan is looking to support women around the world who have been affected by the pandemic by calling on 40 bold – faced celebrities – from Adele to Jose Andreas – to dedicate 40 minutes to their time to mentoring these individuals as they reenter the workforce. ‘With my 40th lap around the sun in mind, it made me wonder: what would happen f we all committed 40 minutes to helping someone else or to mentoring someone in need?’ the Duchess of Sussex wrote in a personal statement, which she posted on her and Prince Harry’s foundation website. ‘And then what would happen if we asked our friends to do the same?