The latest episode of Meghan Markle‘s Archetypes podcast saw her open up about her life as a mother to her two kids with Prince Harry. Speaking to Sophie Trudeau, Pamela Adlon, and Sam Jay, on the trope of the “good/bad wife/mother,” the Duchess of Sussex divulged a few details of her days at their Montecito home with one-year-old daughter Lili, and three-year-old son Archie.
The 41-year-old proudly shared that her youngest has just reached an important point in her childhood. “Lili is… just started walking,” she said. “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.” Markle also went on to talk about her start to the day with the kids, and how she loves it despite it being “chaotic”. “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,” Markle 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 added. “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.”
Markle continued to share that Prince Harry helps out and that it has made her appreciate single mothers much more. “Oh my husband, he’s great. I mean, to do this as a single mom, I like bow down to you,” she said. “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.”
The former Suits actor also opened up about how being a mother to a daughter has changed her as a woman. “I first just had Archie, now I’m a mom of a daughter,” she 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.” Sharing her advice to her daughter, Markle said, “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.”