See Prince Harry's sneaky cameo in Meghan's birthday video

(CNN)To mark her 40th birthday, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has launched a mentorship program to support women getting back into the workforce after the pandemic.

The scheme, named 40×40, is “a global effort encouraging people around the world to commit to giving 40 minutes of their time to support women going back to work,” a press release from the Archewell Foundation, founded by Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, said Wednesday.

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are pictured during an <a href="" target="_blank">interview with Oprah Winfrey,</a> which aired in the United States in March 2021. It was their first sit-down appearance since leaving Britain last year.

Harry and Meghan shared this image in February 2021 to accompany the announcement that they were <a href="" target="_blank">expecting their second child.</a> Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor <a href="" target="_blank">was born on June 4, 2021.</a>

Meghan celebrates her son's first birthday with a reading of the children's book "Duck! Rabbit!" in May 2020. <a href="" target="_blank">In a video posted online</a> -- and filmed by her husband -- Meghan read to Archie from the popular book and encouraged fans to donate to a number of causes aimed at helping young people.

Harry and Meghan attend the annual Commonwealth Day service at London's Westminster Abbey in March 2020. This marked the couple's <a href="" target="_blank">final engagement as senior members of the royal family.</a>

Harry and Meghan attend the Endeavour Fund Awards in London in March 2020.

Meghan and Harry visit the Canada House in London in January 2020. The couple announced the next day that they would be <a href="" target="_blank">stepping back from their roles</a> as senior members of the British royal family.

Meghan and Harry visit a community center in Windsor, England, in November 2019.

The couple attends the annual Festival of Remembrance in November 2019.

Harry and Meghan attend a pre-ceremony reception for the WellChild Awards in October 2019.

Meghan is photographed during a royal tour of South Africa in October 2019.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu kisses Archie, Meghan and Harry's son, in September 2019.

Harry and Meghan dance during their royal tour of South Africa in September 2019.

Meghan holds Archie during the South African tour.

Harry and Meghan greet singer Beyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, as they attend the European premiere of the film "The Lion King" in July 2019.

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone presents the couple with a jersey for Archie before a Major League Baseball game in London in June 2019.

Queen Elizabeth II looks at her new great-grandchild, Archie, in May 2019. Prince Philip is on the far left. Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, is next to her at right.

Meghan and Harry <a href="" target="_blank">present their newborn son</a> at Windsor Castle in May 2019.

Meghan and Harry walk past tapestries during a visit to Rabat, Morocco, in February 2019.

Meghan and Harry attend a Christmas Day church service in December 2018. With them, from left, are Prince Charles; Prince William; and William's wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Harry and William are the two sons of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.

Meghan and Harry cheer on sailors during the Invictus Games in Australia in October 2018.

The couple talks to members of OneWave, an awareness group for mental health and well-being, in Sydney in October 2018.

Meghan and Harry pose with the cast and crew of the musical "Hamilton" after a performance in London in August 2018. Harry gave those in the theater something to remember after <a href="" target="_blank">breaking into mock-song</a> at the end of the show. The show was held to raise money for his HIV charity, Sentebale.

Members of the royal family watch a flyover during a July 2018 event marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force. From left are Prince Charles; Prince Andrew; Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Queen Elizabeth II; Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex; Prince Harry; Prince William; and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Meghan and Harry attend the Royal Ascot horse races in June 2018.

The couple poses with family members after getting married in May 2018.

Just after<a href="" target="_blank"> getting married,</a> the newlyweds wave during their carriage procession in Windsor, England. <a href="" target="_blank">Zoom in for a closer look</a>

The couple watches Coach Core apprentices take part in a training exercise in Birmingham, England, in March 2018. The Coach Core apprenticeship scheme was designed by the Royal Foundation to train young people to become sports coaches and mentors within their communities.

Harry and Meghan join Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, during a Royal Foundation Forum in February 2018.

The couple watches a dance class during a visit to Cardiff, Wales, in January 2018.

The couple meets well-wishers during an appearance in London in January 2018.

A shop worker in Windsor, England, adjusts memorabilia celebrating the engagement of Harry and Meghan. Their engagement <a href="" target="_blank">was announced</a> in November 2017.

Meghan flashed her engagement ring to reporters during a November 2017 photo call. The ring, designed by Harry, featured a large diamond from Botswana and two smaller outer diamonds from the personal collection of Harry's late mother.

This engagement photo <a href="" target="_blank">was released by Kensington Palace.</a>

Meghan and Harry made their first public appearance as a couple at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September 2017. The pair were introduced in July 2016 by mutual friends in London.

Harry and Meghan embrace at a polo match in May 2017.

“In reflecting on my 40th birthday and the many things I am grateful for, I’m struck that time is among our greatest and most essential gifts,” Meghan wrote in a message on the Archewell website.
“In the past two years, and in large part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, tens of millions of women around the world have left the workforce, including over two million women in the US,” the duchess wrote.
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“So many of these women are also shouldering the brunt of the crisis when it comes to unpaid labor, including schooling and caring for family members. And the latest research shows that fewer women than men will regain work as we recover from the pandemic,” she said.

“I believe mentorship is one way to help women regain confidence and rebuild their economic strength,” she added.
The duchess asked 40 activists, athletes, artists and world leaders to participate. Among those who have committed to giving 40 minutes of their time to mentor a woman in their community are pop star Adele, poet Amanda Gorman and California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris.
Actress Melissa McCarthy joined Meghan in a video to announce the launch of the program. At one point, Harry could be seen juggling in the background.
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