Inside Meghan Markle's California-chic study

Inside Meghan Markle’s California-chic study: Duchess’s desk features a healing quartz crystal, English tea and biscuits and a VERY large stack of copies of The Bench (and a nod to Harry with £1,240 Hermes ‘H’ blanket)

Meghan Markle offered fans a rare glimpse inside the Californian mansion she shares with Prince Harry today during a ‘special message’ shared on her 40th birthday.

The Duchess of Sussex shared a video featuring Bridesmaids actress Melissa McCarthy on the website of her charitable foundation Archewell to introduce her new 40×40 initiative which encourages people to donate 40 minutes of their time to helping someone else or to mentoring someone in need. 

Chatting via Zoom from her dark grey Apple Macbook computer, the glossy clip was filmed in the same room in which she appeared briefly during her husband and Oprah Winfrey’s recent Apple TV mental health series.

This time viewers were given a more substantial view of the study, which boasted a grand oak desk with a pile of strategically placed copies of Meghan’s children’s book The Bench, along with elegant white file in-trays and decorative glass bottles.

The Duchess was also joined by her beloved beagle Guy, who looked perfectly at home on a luxurious grey dog cushion, while a chic £1,240 Hermes throw blanket (perhaps a nod to Harry given it features the letter H) was strewn over one of the two cream cushioned chairs.

Meghan Markle offered fans a rare glimpse inside the Californian mansion she shares with Prince Harry today during a ‘special message’ shared on her 40th birthday

1. Decorative glass bottles 

Given one of two-year-old Archie’s first words was ‘hydrate’, it makes sense that the Duchess should have a bottle of water to hand. 

Perched on the edge of her expansive desk is a tall glass swing top bottle and two his and hers glasses.

2. White flowers

Almost taking centre-stage on the desk, between two stylish white in-trays, is an elegant gold vase housing a bunch of white roses.  

Almost taking centre-stage on the desk, between two stylish white in-trays, is an elegant gold vase housing a bunch of white roses. There is also a glass bottle with two glasses

3. Stacks of The Bench

Perhaps strategically placed towards the front of the camera frame was a rather large stack of copies of Meghan’s new children’s book The Bench. 

4: Hermes £1,240 throw blanket

On first glance, the cream cushioned chair beside Meghan looked to feature the letter ‘H’ – a nod to Harry’s initial – as part of its design.

However, on closer inspection it appears the Duchess had intricately placed a decorative Hermes throw blanket, priced at £1,240.

Made in Scotland, the Avalon III jacquard woven wool and cashmere throw is finished with blanket stitch and comes in Coco/Camomille – the shade chosen by Meghan – or Écru/Gris Clair.

The blanket blended perfectly well with her minimalist decor and colour scheme of neutral earth tones, creams and white. 

5. Healing quartz crystal

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already revealed they own a collection of crystals that are scattered around their Montecito mansion.

During a conference call they held earlier this year, eagle-eyed fans spotted a celestine crystal in the background. 

Placed beside her stack of copies of the bench is a large white crystal. The Duchess is a long-standing proponent of spiritual practices including meditation and yoga – a hobby also taken up by her husband – and has previously touted crystals for their healing properties.

6. English tea and biscuits

They may have left the UK for America, but there’s one British tradition Meghan appears to have embraced wholeheartedly – that of tea and biscuits.

Perched on an elegant silver tray with gold handles is an intricately patterned monochrome cup and saucer, beside a matching plate with a chocolately treat. 

The crockery set is from English brand Twinings, which is based in Andover, Hampshire, appropriately from its Black Regal peacock collection. It features an oriental bird motif, hand-decorated at Middleport Pottery with a black and white palette.

7. Stone fireplace 

The Sussexes home features several large open fireplaces, with this one possibly being the grandest of the lot.

The opening is concealed by two carved iron doors, suggesting it’s perhaps not in regular use.

8. Luxury dog cushion

The couple’s dog makes a sleepy cameo in the royal’s 40th birthday address – but doesn’t look entirely happy about being woken from his slumber. 

The adorable beagle, Guy, is seen snoozing on a blue and white striped pillow behind Meghan, and as the conversation between the royal and the Bridesmaids star becomes more animated, the pet is disturbed from its slumber and glares at the camera filming the action. 

Meghan has written a statement of intent about her new initiative 40×40 on the website of her charitable foundation Archewell.

She says when reflecting on turning 40, and the many things she is ‘grateful for’, she was struck that ‘time’ is ‘among our greatest and most essential gifts’, especially ‘time spent in service to others knowing that it can contribute to incredible change’.

The duchess, who two months ago gave birth to her second child daughter Lilibet, claimed globally tens of millions of women had left the workforce during the past two years, in a large part due to the pandemic.

But many were still in unpaid roles like carers and she claimed research has shown fewer women than men will return to work as the pandemic recovery begins.

Meghan added: ‘I believe mentorship is one way to help women regain confidence and rebuild their economic strength, and for my birthday I have asked 40 friends, activists, athletes, artists and world leaders to help kick off a global effort by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to support women re-entering the workforce.

‘With this time, I hope they each help someone advance a professional life on her own terms and I hope that they inspire countless others to give 40 minutes of their time as well.’

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