The Duchess of Sussex chatted with Gloria Steinem exclusively for MAKERS on the importance of voting as well as feminism.
When two people decide to spend their lives together, they take responsibility to be there for each other in the best days and the worst. Even though it's not easy to find "the one," when you do get lucky, you don't want to leave them ever. Looks like for Meghan Markle, Prince Harry is the one who she'd been looking for all her life.
Meghan recently sat down with Gloria Steinem for a "historic backyard chat" talking about the representation of women and their involvement in the polls ahead of November's presidential election. They spoke about the changes that the feminists and their movements have brought in this world. But there was one person she couldn't stop talking about, that is, her husband.
The Duchess of Sussex and Steinem discussed how the idea of feminism is not limited to just women as it's become a much bigger movement. During the chat which would be published by MAKERS, Meghan also said that men can now join and support the movement of equality with pride, reported Harpers Bazaar.
She said, "As I’ve gotten older I’ve been able to understand that it’s not mutually exclusive to be a feminist and be feminine. And to own that and harness your femininity and your identification as a woman in all of the different layers," said Meghan. To which Steinem responded, "Well, you can be a feminist and be masculine and a guy."
Meghan agreed with Steinem and chimed in, "Like my husband!" Talking about Prince Harry being the exceptional person that he is, she continued, "I love that when he just came in he said, 'You know that I’m a feminist too, right Gloria?! It's really important to me that you know that,'" reported Today.
She also spoke about Prince Harry being the ideal father and a positive influence on their 1-year-old son, Archie. She said, "I look at our son and what a beautiful example that he gets to grow up with a father who is so comfortable owning that as part of his own self-identification."
"That there’s no shame in being someone who advocates for fundamental human rights for everyone, which of course includes women," She continued.
Steinem echoed the Duchess and said, "And also that he is a nurturing father. Because then your son will grow up knowing it's OK to be loving and nurturing." Meghan agreed with Steinem and said, "I know it’ll mean a lot to him when I share that."
For the past few weeks, the 39-year-old royalty has been encouraging women to vote which she believes is a gesture to honor all the women who've fought for the rights of women for years, reported People.
Highlighting once again on the importance of voting she wrote for MAKERS, "Throughout our friendship, we’ve spoken of our shared beliefs surrounding women’s rights, the need for representation, and the very timely conversation on voting."
"I firmly believe that we vote to honor those who came before us and to protect those who come after us. Ms. Steinem, my friend Gloria, is one of the women I honor when I vote," she added.
She further added, "I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did and that it allows you to reflect on who inspires you to vote as we approach this upcoming election. Your voice matters. Please use it." While Meghan urged people to vote, Steinem spoke about voters suppression and how the younger generation ignore the seriousness of voting.
She said, "What worries me the most are young people, who I understand are the least likely to vote and I can understand the feeling that they don't think they have an impact," and added, "Yet, it's more important for them to vote than anyone else because they're going to be alive long after I am, and they're going to be suffering the consequences."
Talking about how excited she is that Kamala Harris is the Democratic nominee for Vice President, she said, "I'm so excited to see that kind of representation. You know, for me, being biracial, growing up, whether it was a doll or a person in office, you need to see someone who looks like you in some capacity. As many of us believe, you can only be what you can see." Kamala Harris is the first Black woman and also the first one from Indian descent to be nominated for national office.
On August 25, a black and white teaser of the interview was released where the two women can be seen sitting outdoors, relaxed, and having a good time. Meghan and Prince Harry's two dogs, Guy and Pula also make their appearance on camera to which Steinem says with a laugh, "Wants to be on camera," while the dogs relaxed by the Duchess' feet.