Queen Rania has had a busy week in New York City. She was primarily in town for the United Nations General Assembly, but on Wednesday, she also appeared on the Today Show, where she was interviewed by Hoda Kotb.
During the interview, she opened up about raising four children in the public eye. "As parents, I think it's our job to, take care of our kids until they are old enough to go out into the world… but that doesn't make it easy when that day comes," she says. "And, you know, in the span of three months, from the end of March to the beginning of June, I had two children get married and two graduate. I mean, what was I thinking?" (Her daughter, Princess Iman, got married in March, and her son, Prince Hussein, tied the knot in June.)
Additionally, Queen Rania spoke about the relationship her children have with technology. "I don't think you can completely fight the trend," she told Hoda. "Because that's where children are. I mean, that's where the world is, technology is all around us. You can't fight it completely, but you need to regulate it."
She did share, however, the advice she gave to her daughter-in-law, Princess Rajwa, before her engagement to Prince Hussein was publicly announced.
Rania says, "I took Rajwa to a side and the first thing I told her was, 'You know, there's no such thing as a 100% approval rating. You're always going to have people that are against you. And the advice that I want to give you is, please try not to read the comments, you know, because that's just gonna – you're just going to have self doubt. There's always going to be negativity, and that negativity is not about you. It's from the person; they're unhappy in their own life, so don't carry that unhappiness. Just keep focusing on what it is you want to do, because it'll shake your confidence. You think it's not going to affect your morale, but it does.'"
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