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This morning, on International Day of the Girl, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined Malala Yousafzai to discuss girls’ education around the world, a cause Yousafzai has dedicated her life to. During the 13-minute conversation, the 23-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate focused on childhood, education and access to education, especially now in the age of COVID-19.
At the end of the call, however, Malala took things in a more personal direction and asked Meghan and Harry how they had spent their time in quarantine. Of course, their response included the mention of the son, Archie.
At first, they joked that most of their time during the pandemic was spent “on Zoom calls” (probably not an exaggeration). “But apart from that with our little one,” Meghan said. “We were both there for his first steps, his first descent, his first fall, his first everything,” Harry continued.
Meghan explained how in the past she and Harry might not have been there for Archie’s big steps: “And that’s just fantastic, because I think in a lot of ways we have lucky to be able to have time this time to watch him grow up, and in the absence of COVID, we would travel and work more outdoors, and we would miss a lot of those moments, ”she said. I think it’s been a lot of good times with the family. “
“These are really special times, but at the same time, as Meghan says, we worked really, really hard because we fully understand and understand how difficult it is for absolutely everyone. And I think the longer it lasts. , the more it will be felt, especially from a mental health perspective. So it’s a really unifying moment to bring everyone together and recognize what everyone has gone through. “
Earlier in the call, Malala asked Meghan why she chose girls’ education as a philanthropic goal. “Like you, I think you see something that is so critical to fix and so critical to fix, and that by solving that one thing you end up solving several problems. And so you know, what I had achieved. very early on is that when women have taken their seats at the table, the conversations in terms of policy change, the conversations in terms of legislation, certainly in terms only of community dynamics, are all changed. ”
Watch the full conversation here:
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In a World Mental Health Day conversation yesterday with the podcast hosts Therapy for adolescents, Meghan shared a personal detail about her own sanity and what it was like to be the subject of internet gossip last year: “I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the world. world – male or female. Now, eight months ago, I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave or with a baby, but I could just be made and made. It is almost insurmountable. It’s so big you can’t even think what it looks like, because I don’t care if you’re 15 or 25, if people say things that are not true about you, what it does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging. “
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