6 secret details you may have missed in Meghan's birthday video

·Royal Correspondent
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Meghan Markle has released a video message with Melissa McCarthy to mark her 40th birthday, to encourage women to support one another back into the workforce after the coronavirus pandemic.

The video, which debuted on 4 August on Harry and Meghan's Archewell website, is full of little details which might give a glimpse into the life the couple have set up for themselves.

It was filmed in one of the rooms of their sprawling Santa Barbara mansion, which will be recognisable to royal watchers, as they have previously shared videos from the same spot.

But rather than just shots of what the camera directly on Meghan is seeing, wider camera angles give a bigger picture of their working room.

Harry's chair?

Screengrab taken from undated handout video issued by Archewell showing the Duchess of Sussex talking with actress Melissa McCarthy during a video released on her 40th birthday to launch 40×40, a global project to encourage people around the world to commit to giving 40 minutes of their time to support women going back to work. The duchess has asked 40 activists, athletes, artists and world leaders to participate by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to women re-entering the workforce. Issue date: Wednesday August 4, 2021.
Meghan is seated at one end of a grand table which she and Harry seem to work from. (Archewell/PA)

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Meghan takes one seat at the grand table which provides a work space for her and Harry.

But on the other chair there's an 'H' monogram, which appears to be on a blanket, perhaps Hermes, draped over the back.

The spot could be reserved for Harry, with the H blanket marking his throne in his Californian castle.

The plants in the background indicate that is the spot he used to video call Oprah Winfrey for a clip used in The Me You Can't See, his series with her for Apple TV+.

In that video, Meghan was making the cameo, appearing in a t-shirt reading 'Raising the Future'.

Meghan's laptop stand

Screengrab taken from undated handout video issued by Archewell showing the Duchess of Sussex talking with actress Melissa McCarthy during a video released on her 40th birthday to launch 40â—Š40, a global project to encourage people around the world to commit to giving 40 minutes of their time to support women going back to work. The duchess has asked 40 activists, athletes, artists and world leaders to participate by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to women re-entering the workforce. Issue date: Wednesday August 4, 2021.
Meghan may have been signing the books before the call. (Archewell/PA)

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We've all had to adapt to working from home, and propping up a laptop for an important call is a particular struggle.

But Meghan can do what most can't, as she used many copies of her own book, The Bench, to prop it up.

The Bench is a children's book which she wrote based on a poem she had penned for Harry on his first Father's Day in 2019.

The pen laid next to the stack of books suggests she was signing these particular copies.

A chocolate-y snack

Screengrab taken from undated handout video issued by Archewell showing the Duchess of Sussex talking with actress Melissa McCarthy during a video released on her 40th birthday to launch 40×40, a global project to encourage people around the world to commit to giving 40 minutes of their time to support women going back to work. The duchess has asked 40 activists, athletes, artists and world leaders to participate by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to women re-entering the workforce. Issue date: Wednesday August 4, 2021.
Meghan looks to take her tea black, as shown in this video. (PA/Archewell)

Meghan is known as health conscious most of the time, but appears to have chosen a traditionally British and not particularly healthy snack for her call.

Next to her is a plate of what appears to be chocolate digestives, and a cup of tea.

However it does look like she takes her tea black, indicating it's not one of the lattes from the company she invested in earlier this year.

Meghan announced she had invested in Clevr Blends oat milk latte blends in June, but judging by the colour of her drink on this occasion, she's having a classic English tea.

Necklace tributes for Archie and Lilibet

Meghan was not impressed at the Suit reunion idea. (Archewell)
Meghan wore necklaces which pay tribute to her children. (Archewell)

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Meghan is wearing two necklaces in the video, which appear to be star sign based.

One is a Taurus sign - which would cover Archie's 6 May birthday - while the other is Lilibet's Gemini sign, as she was born 4 June. 

They are understood to be by jeweller Logan Hollowell, who is based in Los Angeles, Meghan's hometown and makes pieces using recycled gold, and conflict-free diamonds and gemstones.

The tribute to them is similar to the way Kate includes nods to her children. The Duchess of Cambridge has a necklace with a G, C and L on it, for George, Charlotte and Louis.

First picture of Lilibet?

Does this show the first picture of Lilibet? (PA/Archewell)
Does this show the first picture of Lilibet? (PA/Archewell)

Royal watchers have been keen to see a picture of Lilibet, who was born two months ago, but nothing yet has been shared by parents Harry and Meghan.

They were keen to maintain privacy for their children when they moved to California, though they did share snaps of Archie when he turned two in May.

However frequently his face is obscured or hidden in some way.

As the camera show Meghan's work station in the birthday video, it looks like there could be pictures of Lilibet among the family photos.

Three black and white images are seen in a silver tri-fold frame on Meghan's side of the desk, and another larger image in the background sits in a bigger frame.

The middle image could be of Harry and Lilibet. 

Diana's watch

Screengrab taken from undated handout video issued by Archewell showing the Duchess of Sussex talking with actress Melissa McCarthy during a video released on her 40th birthday to launch 40â—Š40, a global project to encourage people around the world to commit to giving 40 minutes of their time to support women going back to work. The duchess has asked 40 activists, athletes, artists and world leaders to participate by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to women re-entering the workforce. Issue date: Wednesday August 4, 2021.
Meghan appears to have Diana's Cartier watch on. (PA/Archewell)

It's previously been reported that Meghan is now the owner of a Cartier gold watch which belonged to Princess Diana.

The watch was thought to make its first appearance since Diana's death in 2020 when Meghan and Harry took part in a photoshoot for TIME magazine.

But the picture was in black and white, meaning it wasn't possible to be completely sure it was Diana's watch.

However in full colour, the gold timepiece on Meghan's wrist appears to be the same watch Diana wore in the later years of her life.

Meghan has her own significant watch, which she bought herself when she found success in Suits, but crucially, it's a two-tone piece.

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