When Meghan Markle welcomed son Archie, it changed her worldview.
The Duchess of Sussex opened up about motherhood during a virtual appearance at Fortune’s “Most Powerful Next Gen Summit” on Tuesday.
When asked how her views changed, she revealed,“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,” the 39-year-old said. “So, the things you’re able to tolerate on your own are not the same that you are going to put your child in a position of vulnerability for. You go every single day — how can I make this world better for Archie?”
Markle continued, “At the same time, I am cautious of putting my family at risk by certain things. I try to be very clear in what I say and not get controversial and instead talk about things that seem very straightforward, like exercising your right to vote. I think that’s as simple as it comes and as necessary as it comes.”
The former “Suits” star enjoys “fun and silliness and games” with Archie, who was born in May 2019, but she also wants to do her part in the world and “make it a better place for him.”
During another part of the conversation, the duchess talked about how important it is to use your voice. Markle and her husband Prince Harry famously stepped down as senior royals last year and then moved to Santa Barbara.
“Your voice matters,” she said. “You realize it more when you are not able to exercise it. Regardless of my experience over the last few years compared to anyone’s experience, you can’t take for granted the ability you have as a woman to be able to be heard, and now with the platform that people have on social media to actually have that voice heard for a larger audience, I think it’s a huge responsibility."
Markle also addressed why she doesn’t have social media accounts anymore, sharing, “I’ve made a personal choice to not have any account, so I don’t know what’s out there, and 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. There are very few things in this world where you call the person who is engaging with it a user.”