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Meghan Markle Says Motherhood Made Her More Courageous Video

Meghan Markle on How Motherhood Has Inspired Her to Make the World Better For Archie

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)Image Source: Getty / Toby Melville - Pool

We already know baby Archie likes to hop on Meghan Markle's Zoom business calls every once in a while, but it looks like the 1-year-old has had a bigger effect on Meghan's approach to work than we realized. During an in-depth interview with Fortune as part of its Most Powerful Next Gen Summit, Meghan revealed that being a mother to baby Archie has inspired her to be more courageous as a leader. More than that, Meghan said that motherhood has influenced her to actively want to make the world a better place.

"I wouldn't be able to feel proud of myself as a mom if I [knew] that I wasn't doing my part to make it a better place for him."
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"It's interesting because my gut is that [motherhood] makes you more courageous," Meghan said when asked how motherhood has affected her leadership role as a public figure. "It makes you so concerned for the world they are going to inherit, right? And so, the things that you're able to tolerate on your own are not the same that you are going to put your child in a position of vulnerability for. [I] go every single day, 'How can I make this better for him? How can I make this world better for Archie?' And that is a shared belief between my husband and I."

To that effect, the Duchess of Sussex also explained that she is cautious not to put her family at risk by being selective about the topics she chooses to discuss publicly, but she adds that topics like exercising your right to vote are too important to ignore. "And, to that point, as a parent, I can enjoy all the fun and silliness and games with my son, but I wouldn't be able to feel proud of myself as a mom if I [knew] that I wasn't doing my part to make it a better place for him," she said.

See her full response here, and find out more about how Meghan and Harry have been navigating parenthood.

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