Meghan Markle Says Being a Mom and Prince Harry's Wife are the "Most Important" Things in Her Life

During Archewell Foundation's first-ever in-person summit this week in New York City, Meghan Markle spoke about motherhood. "Being a mom is the most important thing in my entire life—outside, of course, being a wife to this one," Meghan said during her remarks, referring to her husband, Prince Harry.

Meghan and Harry are parents of Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 2, and while their children are rarely in the public eye, they both have spoken about parenting before. In her interview with Oprah in 2021, Meghan shared a similar sentiment about being a mom, telling the TV host, "All the grandeur surrounding this stuff is an attachment I don’t personally have. I’ve been a waitress, an actress, a princess, a Duchess—I’ve always still just been Meghan, right? I’ve been clear on who I am, independent of all that stuff, and the most important title I’ll ever have is mom. I know that."

During an episode of her podcast, "Archetypes," Meghan dove into the "Good Wife/Bad Wife" and "Good Mom/Bad Mom" archetypes with her guests. "It is so much work to be a mom when you are just trying to be a conscious parent to raise good, kind human beings and to do that solo is the most impressive, admirable thing on the planet," the Duchess of Sussex told Pamela Adlon during the conversation.

For Prince Harry, becoming a dad has led him to reflect on his own childhood. During a virtual book event promoting Spare earlier this year, he said, "I have two kids of my own, [and I am] making sure that I smother them with love and affection." He added, "But in the sense that I as a father feel a huge responsibility to ensure that I don't pass on any traumas or negative experiences I've had. And that's work, that's putting in the work, and daily, being conscious of my behavior, of my reactions to both of my kids."

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