The truth about Meghan Markle and Melissa McCarthy’s friendship

Though it’s been years since Meghan Markle retired from Hollywood, she has remained friends with many of her friends in the industry and has since befriended other big names. She made sure to invite the cast of “Suits” to her wedding to Prince Harry, including Sarah Lafferty, whom she calls her “Suits sister-wife” (via The US Sun), which just goes to show she hasn’t severed ties with people from their past.

She also maintains a friendship with tennis superstar Serena Williams. “We’re both the same age, love hot sauces and love fashion, but perhaps what connects us more than those things is our belief in exceeding expectations – our endless ambition,” she told DIRECTV’s Celebrity Beach Bowl. (via Hello!). When the Duchess of Sussex moved to the UK, she struck up a friendship with none other than Amal Clooney, who had helped her adjust to British life. “Amal has helped Meghan settle into London,” a source told People in 2018. “It was a very natural friendship from day one.”

It’s clear that Markle has many friends who support her, but not many know that she’s also friends with Melissa McCarthy.

Meghan Markle collaborated with Melissa McCarthy on her 40th birthday project

On Meghan Markle’s 40th birthday, she launched a project called 40×40, which provides mentorship to women trying to re-enter the workforce after losing their jobs due to the pandemic. “I believe mentoring is a way to help women regain their confidence and rebuild their economic strength,” Markle wrote on the project website. “And for my birthday, I asked 40 friends, activists, athletes, artists and world leaders to help launch a global effort by contributing 40 MINUTES OF MENTORSHIP to help women get back into the workforce helping someone advance a professional life on their own terms.”

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And to promote the initiative, she asked Melissa McCarthy to make a promotional video with her, which was then posted to Instagram. “It’s my 40th birthday and I have an idea,” Markle said in the video, and McCarthy offered a list of exciting ideas that could make it exciting, including a “Suits” reunion and matching tattoos — Markle joked that she’ll revisit this idea when she turns 50 — and a yacht party. Markle then presented her project and asked the comedian if she would be willing to take part. “You in?” she asked, to which McCarthy replied, “Yes. Times 40”, but only if she was allowed to wear her straw hat.

Meghan Markle inspires Melissa McCarthy

While joking around in her promotional video, Melissa McCarthy said she looks up to Meghan Markle for dreaming up an incredible project. “She’s doing something amazing to celebrate her 40th,” McCarthy told Access Hollywood. “I just love that she’s like, ‘Oh, what can I do to do something good and help some people.’ I was like, ‘Well, that’s awfully nice.’”

The Ghostbusters actress also shared how much she admires Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to go their own way away from the royal family. “They were so cute and funny and I just found them very inspirational,” she added. “They carve their own lives, they carve lives for their children, and, you know, the way she celebrated her 40th was to help and empower other women. How can you not figure it out? “

In a separate interview with the outlet, McCarthy gave an update on her friendship tattoos and joked that she’d already inked hers. “I’m still going full steam ahead…I told her I did half of the tattoo…unfortunately part of her face was on a crease…I won’t say where,” she quipped. As for Markle? Guess we just have to wait for her 50th birthday!

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