MEGHAN Markle said she wants to ‘make the world a better place for Archie’ so she can feel ‘proud’ of herself as a mum.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, spoke at Fortune’s exclusive Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit yesterday, which cost a whopping $1,750 (£1,342) per ticket.
During her 15-minute speaking slot, the mum-of-one discussed “courageous leadership” and how she learned to “lead on a global stage”.
She also raised concerns about social media being an addiction, likening the habit to drug addiction.
In her chat with Fortune’s associate editor Emma Hinchliffe, Meghan was asked about whether motherhood had made her more courageous or more cautious.
Speaking from her Californian home, 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.”
And 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.”
This follows Meghan speaking at the £10,000-a-head conference of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit by video link last month.
During this chat, she hit out at ‘trolls’ as she said she enjoyed lockdown with Prince Harry and Archie in LA.
She said: “For me, it’s been amazing to spend time with my husband and watch our little one [son Archie] grow and that’s where our attention has been.”
She also said “bots and trolls” were changing the way people interacted with each other, both online and in person.
Meghan also advised those watching to ‘focus on living a purpose-driven life’, adding: “Don’t listen to the noise.”
The ex-Suits star spoke at the summit in a 15-minute slot with journalist Ellen McGirt.
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