Meghan Markle devoted the latest episode of her Archetypes Spotify podcast to the trope of the “good/bad wife/mother,” and while discussing the topic with Sophie Trudeau, Pamela Adlon, and Sam Jay, Meghan touched a bit on what life is like inside her Montecito, CA home with Prince Harry, one-year-old Lili, and three-year-old Archie.
Lili just hit a milestone, Meghan revealed: “Lili is… just started walking. She’s a year and a couple of months old and Archie’s just over three years old. So yeah they are… Oh I’m in the thick of it. Toddling.”
She also detailed their mornings as a family. “So the morning rush, I’m sure it’ll only get more chaotic as they get older, but for me, it’s—you know, both monitors on for the kids to hear them, always up with Lili. Get her downstairs,” Meghan said. “Then a half hour later, Archie’s up. Start doing his lunchbox right before he’s up, while I have her getting her a little nibble. My husband’s helping me get him downstairs, and it’s—I make breakfast for all three of them. It’s very important to me. I love doing it.”
“And it just, to me, feels like the greatest way to start the morning,” she continued. “And then it’s like, feed all three of the dogs, because we just got another dog, and then get Archie out the door to school and, you know, but it does, it feels like a whirlwind.”
Harry helps out, Meghan added to Pamela Adlon. “Oh my husband, he’s great. I mean, to do this as a single mom, I like bow down to you. How someone does this without a partner to help them through. It is so much work to be a mom when you are just trying to be a conscious parent to raise good, kind human beings and to do that solo is the most impressive, admirable thing on the planet.”
Meghan told Adlon that having a daughter has shifted how she views women. “I first just had Archie, now I’m a mom of a daughter,” Meghan said. “And whether I thought it was going to happen or not, it did. I see the world differently through how she is going to see the world and how she is going to look at certain women as role models. And when I look at a lot of the women that I’m speaking to on this show, you included, I want her to understand that it is not just a box you have to fit into, but you get to be a full fledged, interesting, curious, kind, strong, all the things, human being. But you also get to be a woman with a voice. And you have such a strong voice that I think, for so many women, it’s just liberating–because when you speak freely and truly, it gives people permission to feel that they can do the same.”
You can listen to the full episode here on Spotify.
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Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.