Meghan Markle 'rethinking' parenting style so Archie and Lilibet are 'self-sufficient'

The Duchess of Sussex revealed that she needs to change her parenting strategy on the latest episode of her Spotify podcast, Archetypes

Meghan Markle 'rethinking' parenting style so Archie and Lilibet are 'self-sufficient'
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Meghan Markle has revealed that she might 'rethink' how she parents Archie and Lilibet on her latest episode of Archetypes, after being left impressed by guest Mellody Hobson's childhood anecdotes. 

Meghan Markle revealed that she may change her 'parenting style' to make her kids 'more self-sufficient', during a candid chat on her latest episode of Archetypes

The Duchess of Sussex was joined by Mellody Hobson and Victoria Jackson for the ninth installment of her Spotify podcast on Tuesday, much to the excitement of the American royal's loyal fanbase. 

Entitled 'To 'B' or not to 'Be'?, the latest episode of the feminist series dissects the 'origin and plague' of the word, 'B*tch', and how the term is used derogatorily to describe 'strong-minded women'. It comes just one week after Meghan Markle's mom made a surprise cameo on her podcast to reveal the quirky secret code the pair share. 

Meghan kicked off the discussion by introducing Mellody Hobson, who's best known as the CEO of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm, and Chair of the Board of Starbucks. The 53-year-old also made history in February 2022 as the first Black woman to become Chairperson of an S&P 500 Company. 

Meghan Markle

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Speaking about her journey toward success, Mellody recounted a childhood story that demonstrated her early ambition and independence. In the sweet anecdote, she described to Meghan how she arranged an appointment to get braces at the age of 12 and even oversaw her own orthodontic treatment.

"My mom wasn't surprised," Mellody recalled. "It was just like, if I wanted to do things, I had to figure it out every time." 

"I have to rethink my parenting style," Meghan replied, before adding, "because if that's what yields you, I've really got to up my game with our kids being self-sufficient." 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Harry, Meghan and baby Archie

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The duchess shares two children, Archie, 3, and one-year-old Lilibet with her husband, Prince Harry. She has spoken about their home life on multiple occasions in the podcast series, even disclosing at one point that she makes breakfasts every morning to feed her young family. 

Meghan also gave a sweet update about Lilibet on last week's episode, confirming that the royal toddler is now learning to walk. 

Emma Dooney
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