Did Meghan and Harry share the first photo of Lilibet in duchess's birthday video?

The image can be seen on Meghan's desk during the recording

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The Duchess of Sussex celebrated her 40th birthday yesterday and, in celebration, shared a video announcing her new 40x40 mentorship programme for women returning to the workforce post Covid-19.

There are plenty of details to enjoy in the video, recorded in Meghan's home office – her dog Guy in the background, the astrological sign necklaces she wore for each of her children, and Prince Harry juggling in the backdrop, to name just three – but one detail has really got people talking: speculation that the couple shared the first photo of baby Lilibet.

On Meghan's desk a collection of family photographs can be seen.

One is a colour photograph that appears to be son, Archie, 2, and in front is a collection of smaller miniature gold frames containing black and white images. The middle one seems to show Prince Harry kissing a baby, which many have assumed is Lilibet, who was born on June 4.

Fans have speculated that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared the first photo of baby Lilibet during the duchess's 40x40 initiative announcement. Archewell

The couple have not shared an official photo of the tot since she was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California earlier this summer.

Since stepping back as senior royals, the couple have been very guarded when revealing details about their children. They did, however, feature Archie during the filming of their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, and released an image of the child holding balloons to celebrate his second birthday in May.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)

Meghan's 40x40 initiative

The duchess announced her latest humanitarian project on her birthday.

The programme is designed to help mentor women around the world who are returning to the workforce. The duchess has enlisted 40 friends to offer women 40 minutes of their time. Mentors include poet Amanda Gorman, social activist Gloria Steinem, singer Adele, fashion designer Stella McCartney, chef Jose Andres and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

To launch the initiative, she spoke to actress Melissa McCarthy, who joined the conversation in a Bridgerton-style outfit, with a cup of milky tea – a nod to Meghan's royal status.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex launched her 40x40 initiative with the help of actress Melissa McCarthy. Archewell

In the tongue-in-cheek video, McCarthy suggests ways to celebrate Meghan's birthday, including a Suits reunion, a yacht party and matching "best friend" tattoos. Meghan turns her down, pitching instead her 40x40 initiative.

“Here’s the idea, because I’m turning 40, I’m asking 40 friends to donate 40 minutes of their time to help mentor a women who is mobilising back into the workforce,” Meghan tells her actress friend.

“Over two million women, in the US alone, and tens of million around the world, have lost their jobs due to Covid. [So] I think we all do it, and all commit 40 minutes to some kind of active service, we can create a ripple effect.

“You in?” she asks McCarthy, who replies: “Yes, times 40, 40 40 40 … and then 40 times I say yes.”

The duchess is believed to have celebrated her 40th birthday in California with her husband, Prince Harry, and their two children.

Updated: August 05, 2021, 9:17 AM