Meghan Markle says she and her husband Prince Harry have a shared belief in making the world better for their son Archie, as she spoke about motherhood and activism.
Meghan, 39, said that motherhood had made her more courageous and she had realised there were things she would be willing to tolerate on her own that she could not tolerate for her son.
But she said she tries to stick to straightforward matters and is wary of putting her family at risk.
Asked if motherhood made her more courageous or cautious, she said: “It’s interesting because my gut is that it makes you more courageous.
“It makes you so concerned for the world they’re going to inherit and so the things that you’re able to tolerate on your own are not the same.
“For you go every single day: how can I make this better for him, how can I make this world better for Archie? And that is a shared belief between my husband and I.
“At the same time I am cautious of putting my family in a position of risk by certain things, and so I try to be rather very clear with what I say and to not make it controversial, but instead to talk about things that seem fairly straight forward – like exercising your right to vote.”
The mother-of-one added: “As a parent I can enjoy all the fun and silliness and games with my son, but I wouldn’t be able to feel proud of myself as a mom if I didn’t know that I wasn’t doing my part to make it a better place for him.”
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Having referred to herself as the “most-trolled person in the world” in 2019, during an interview over the weekend, Meghan also touched on social media and its addictive nature.
Meghan closed down her social media accounts and her blog when she and Harry ramped up their relationship in 2017, and she hinted that she may not be prepared to set up new accounts for their non-profit.
She said: “I have made a personal choice to not have any accounts so I don’t know what’s out there and in many ways that’s helpful for me.
“I have a lot of concerns for people that have become obsessed with it and it is so much a part of our daily culture for so many people that it’s an addiction.
“Like many others, and you know, there are very few things in this world where you call the person who’s engaging with it a user.
“People who are addicted to drugs are called users and people who are on social media are called users and there is something algorithmically that is in there that is creating this obsession and I think it’s very unhealthy for a lot of people.”
“Something, algorithmically, is creating this obsession.”— FORTUNE (@FortuneMagazine) October 13, 2020
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Harry, 36, had a secret account when he met Meghan, according to Finding Freedom, the biography about the couple which was released over the summer.
While the prince has also spoken about the effect of social media, it’s not clear if he still has any accounts.
Meghan confirmed that the SussexRoyal Instagram account was run by a team, but did not speak about any plans to launch an account for Archewell, the name of the non-profit they intend to launch.
Over the weekend Meghan told the Teenager Therapy podcast: “I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female. Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible, I was on maternity leave or with a baby.
“But what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable, that’s so big, you can’t think of what that feels like, because I don’t care if you’re 15 or 25, if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.”
Speaking at a previous Fortune event Meghan said her statements were not controversial, after she and Harry faced calls to be stripped of their royal titles for encouraging Americans to vote in the November presidential election.
The royal couple no longer use their HRH stylings, but remain the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It’s unlikely those titles would be removed.
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