Meghan Markle reveals why Lilibet’s birth changed everything despite already being a mom

The Duchess of Sussex opened up on the latest episode of Archetypes about how welcoming Lilibet altered her perception of the world...

Meghan Markle reveals why Lilibet’s birth changed everything, seen here attending a reception for friends and family of competitors of the Invictus Games
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Meghan Markle reveals why Lilibet’s birth changed everything despite her already being a mom to son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.  


Ever since her Archetypes podcast launched in August 2021, the Duchess of Sussex has been getting candid like never before about her experiences as she explores how historically women have been held back. Delving into the lapels that have often been used to do this, Meghan admitted “cowering and tiptoeing” into a room at work and has revealed how dating Prince Harry changed her perspective on a “dirty word”. 

Now in the latest episode titled Good wife/Bad Wife, Good Mom/Bad Mom, Meghan spoke to the First Lady of Canada, Sophie Trudeau as well as Pamela Aldon and Sam Jay about motherhood. Getting candid in the Meghan Markle revealed why Lilibet’s birth in June last year changed everything for her - even though she was already a devoted mom to son Archie...

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

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As reported by Hello! (opens in new tab), the Duchess of Sussex opened up to her guests about how giving birth to a daughter has changed how she views the world around her in a way that she hadn’t before. 

"I first just had Archie,” she said, before going on to compare her experience of being his mother to being Lilibet’s mom too. 

Meghan explained, “Now I'm a mom of a daughter and whether I thought it was going to happen or not, it did, I see the world differently through how she's going to see the world and how she's going to look at certain women as role models.”

"And when I look at a lot of women I'm speaking to on this show, you included, I want her to understand that," the Duchess added.

This heartfelt revelation from the mom-of-two came just a few weeks after Meghan shared her hopes for Lilibet’s future on Archetypes. Here she expressed her desire for Lilibet to be “educated and smart” and to be proud of both of these attributes rather than shying away from them as Meghan and Paris Hilton discussed the connotations surrounding the word “bimbo” and the stereotype it conjures. 

Meghan’s inspirational sentiments regarding her aspirations for her daughter and how Lilibet might perceive the world around her shows her determination to champion women. At one year old Lilibet is growing up in a world surrounded by a high level of scrutiny as one of the late Queen’s great-grandchildren and one of King Charles’ granddaughters.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving

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His Majesty is understood to have met her for the first time in person during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June when Prince Harry and Meghan returned with their children for the celebrations. At the time reports claimed that the then-Prince Charles was “thrilled” to meet Lilibet and that the family reunion between him and the Sussexes was “emotional”. 

It’s not yet known when the entire Sussex family might next return to the UK, though with King Charles’ coronation day falling on Archie’s birthday in 2023 if they do end up attending it would certainly be an extra special family occasion. 

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