On Tuesday October 13, the Duchess of Sussex discussed 'courageous leadership' at Fortune's Powerful Women Next Gen summit via video link, during which she was asked whether motherhood has changed her approach to how she views leadership.
'My gut is that it makes you more courageous,' she told the journalist.
'It makes you so concerned for the world they're going to inherit.... You 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.'
Meghan continued, explaining that while her priorities and outlook has changed since welcoming her first son Archie in May 2019, a concept many new parents would agree with, she is aware of her unique platform.
The 39-year-old also addressed the 'risks' that come with speaking out publicly, which have increased since she and Prince Harry stepped back as senior royals at the start of the year.
“How can I make this world better for Archie?”— FORTUNE (@FortuneMagazine) October 13, 2020
Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex says at the #FortuneMPW Next Gen Summit that motherhood has made her both more cautious—and more courageous—as a leader. pic.twitter.com/pJXoweVYUH
'At the same time, I am cautious of putting my family in a position of risk by certain things so I try to be very clear with what I say and to not make it controversial but instead to talk about things that seem fairly straightforward, like exercising your right to vote. I think that is as simple as it comes and as necessary as it comes,' she noted.
'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 mum if I didn't know I was doing my part to make it a better place for him.'
Meghan and Harry have been vocal about encouraging people to vote in the upcoming US election. Meghan is a US citizen and has been living there with her family, in Santa Barbara, California, since becoming financially independent from the monarchy.
The mother-of-one, who wore a spaghetti strap blue and white patterned top for the video call, also discussed what is next for herself and her husband as they embark on a new path, reaffirming her earlier statements that every choice and decision she makes is with the couple's son at the forefront of their minds.
'Everything I’m doing is for Archie, our son...There's a lot that I’m excited about,' she added.
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