Meghan Markle celebrated her 40th birthday on August 4 by launching the 40x40 initiative, which aims to help women who are reentering the workforce.
However, some think the project is tone deaf, as the mom-of-two doesn't have to face the same challenges as the everyday woman.
"It's great, she's doing that, she's just had a baby, and it's all about Meghan, and it's all rubbish frankly," royal expert Duncan Larcombe stated on The Royal Beat. "It's gone down so badly in this country."
"She has left behind her a trail of devastation, on the Markle side, and now on the Windsor side," he explained. "I don’t want to see her lecturing young mums having to go back to work from inside her $14 million L.A. mansion."
"This initiative is nonsense, she should be spending her time trying to build bridges with the very people that she and Harry have betrayed," Larcombe added. "That's what I think most people in this country believe."
The former actress announced her initiative in a video alongside Melissa McCarthy.
"Here's the idea, because I am 40, I am asking 40 friends to donate 40 minutes of their time to help mentor a woman who is mobilizing back into the workforce," she explained. "Over two million women in the U.S. alone and tens of millions around the world have lost their jobs due to COVID, and I think if we all do it and all commit 40 minutes to some sort of active service, we can create a ripple effect. Are you in?"
So far, Princess Eugenie, Priyanka Chopra, Katie Couric, Ciara, Gabrielle Union, Amanda Gorman, Adele and Kerry Washington have all vowed to participate in the venture.
However, some of the public wasn't pleased by the way Meghan went about the video.
"Anyone else think that Meghan and her friend Melissa McCarthy were mocking the Queen in the birthday video?" asked royal author Angela Levin. "Both holding old fashioned cup and saucer like Meg used in her blog after 1st meeting with queen. Melissa sipping from the cup wearing fancy hat and gloves?"
"The mockery shows what she thinks of the royal family. She's got what she wanted and is confident she can outsmart us all," she added. "We just have to wait for Harry's outpouring in his memoir."