“Sometimes making the best decision for you and your family might not be the most popular.”
Overnight, Meghan Markle appeared in the virtual Most powerful new generation summit for Fortune. During the conversation with Associate Editor Emma Hinchlife, the Duchess of Sussex – dressed in a Batik-print camisole and Cuyana Luna earrings – touched on many important topics including social media, following her beliefs, exercising her voice and how motherhood changed her view of leadership. While the full video has yet to be released, there is no shortage of clips and snippets shared by news outlets and on social media of some of the highlights of the conversation. See some of what she had to say during the 15-minute chat below:
By learning to “drive out your convictions with actions”
“Sometimes making the best decision for you and your family might not be the most popular. But when you really know who you are and know what your belief system is and live by the truth, then I think that can start to peel off the layers where fear comes in. And one is. things that I have continued to have told me for a long time is that my faith is greater than my fear – and maybe it’s faith in a higher power or in yourself or in the humanity – whatever it is, that must be greater than the fears that keep you from taking that step. If I had to give advice, yes you have to look at the big picture, but sometimes it just takes that first step to set you in the right direction. Start somewhere and you don’t know where you will end up, but if you don’t start at all you will always be in the same place and often times it is not a good place.
On the exercise of his voice
“Your voice matters. You realize it more when you can’t exercise it. Regardless of my experience over the past few years versus anyone’s experience, you cannot take for granted the ability that you have as a woman to be able to be heard, and now with the platform that people have. on social media to get that. voice heard for a larger audience, I think it’s a huge responsibility.
On social media
“For my own sake, I haven’t been on social media for very long. I had a personal account years ago which I closed and then we got one through the institution and our UK office which was not managed by us – it was a whole team – and so I think it comes with the territory for the job you have. I have made the personal choice not to have an account so I don’t know what’s out there, and in many ways it helps me. I have a lot of concern for the people who have become obsessed with it. And it’s so much a part of our daily culture for so many people that it’s addictive like many others. There is very little in this world where you call the person who interacts with them a user. There is something algorithmic about it that creates this obsession which I think is very unnecessary for a lot of people.
“Something, algorithmically, is creating this obsession.”
– FORTUNE (@FortuneMagazine) October 13, 2020
On how motherhood changed the way she viewed leadership
“It’s interesting because my instinct is that it makes you braver. It makes you so worried about the world that they are going to inherit, so the things that you are able to tolerate on your own are not the same that you are going to put your child in a vulnerable position for. You go there every day – how can I make this world a better place for Archie? It is a belief shared by my husband and I. At the same time, I am wary of putting my family in danger by certain things. I’m trying to be very clear in what I’m saying and not make it controversial and instead talk about things that seem fairly straightforward, like exercising your right to vote. I think it’s as simple as it comes and as necessary as it comes and at this point as a parent I can enjoy all the fun, silliness and games with my son but I couldn’t be proud of me as a mom if I didn’t know I was doing my part to make this a better place for him.
On what will follow
“Everything I do is for Archie, our son… There are a lot of things that excite me – certainly in creating content that is mindful and inspiring, that calls to action and that is uplifting. And I’m so excited to be back in the United States and hope things start to open up a bit more with COVID, just to be back and interact with people in a different way and in a way that will allow me to roll my sleeves up and really are boots on the floor at home.