On Thursday, Priyanka Chopra wished her “friend” Meghan Markle on her 40th birthday and debunked discord rumors. The Indian actress assured the Duchess of Sussex that she will support her initiative that focuses on helping women who have lost their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Taking to her Instagram account on August 5, the 39-year-old actress shared a post to wish Meghan a happy 40th birthday. She wrote that she was “happy to join” the cause and praised Meghan for focusing on the welfare of others rather than her own, on her birthday.
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“Happy birthday, Meghan. For her 40th birthday this year, in true Meg fashion, she’s chosen to put the welfare of others first. As we all know, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women around the world,” Chopra captioned the post.
“In America alone, OVER 2 MILLION WOMEN have departed the workforce since January 2020. The three groups experiencing the largest burdens are mothers, women in senior management positions, and women of colour,” she continued.
“These women, who are pillars of our communities, are shouldering the brunt of the crisis, including homeschooling and caring for family members of all ages. It’s time to help women get back into the workforce.”
“The Duchess of Sussex has asked 40 of her friends to take 40 minutes to support women getting back into the workforce… Of course I was more than happy to join.”
“Now that’s a great way to celebrate a milestone Birthday. Bravo, my friend. You can all join in too. If you are able, donate time to mentoring, community service or any act or service that you can and maybe we can all collectively contribute to a global wave of compassion.”
Priyanka and Meghan have been friends for quite some time now. It was speculated that their relationship became strained after the former Suits actress did not attend Priyanka’s wedding to Nick Jonas, HindustanTimes reported. Chopra attended Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry and has publicly stood up for her against the British press’ negative coverage of her.
In a 2019 interview, Chopra labeled the reportage around her as “racist.” She had also stated that Meghan was more than capable of taking on critics.