Meghan and Harry praised for ‘relatability’ with children’s upbringing

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During the most recent episode of her podcast Archetypes, Meghan Markle talked about the pressure of being a partner and a parent in the modern age. Amid discussing the challenges with her guests — the First Lady of Canada, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, writer and actress Pamela Adlon and comedian Sam Jay — the Duchess of Sussex gave an insight into her own life as a mother and wife. She spoke about what mornings are like in the Sussex household with her husband Prince Harry and their two children — three-year-old Archie Harrison and one-year-old Lilibet Diana. 

Meghan described the “morning rush,” explaining it starts with getting “up with Lili,” getting “her downstairs,” before a half hour later when “Archie’s up”. 

She continued: “[I] start doing his lunchbox right before he’s up, while I have her [Lili] getting a little nibble. My husband’s helping me get him downstairs, and I make breakfast for all three of them. It’s very important to me. I love doing it.

“It just, to me, feels like the greatest way to start the morning. And then [I] feed all three of the dogs — because we just got another dog — and then get Archie out the door to school… It does feel like a whirlwind.” 

Her guest Pamela added: “That’s so sweet… I hope Daddy’s being a good contributor.”

The Duchess replied: “Oh my husband, oh he’s, he’s great.” 

Now, royal commentators have claimed this morning routine is likely to be “important for Harry,” as it indicates his children a growing up in a “more normal environment”. 

Christina Garibaldi and Christine Ross, hosts of the Royally Us podcast, discussed the Sussexes’ routine on this week’s episode. 

Ms Ross said: “This is very relatable. I think she [Meghan] likes to share these little tidbits of her normal family life… It was nice to hear that they have very normal mornings. I think that’s nice for Harry and it’s important for him that his kids grow up in a more normal environment.”

She added: “This is really relatable we all know a lot of us can relate to these mornings definitely love to hear it.” 

The Duchess of Sussex also revealed “Lili just started walking,” adding she and Harry were “in the thick of it”. 

However, one of the hosts pointed this tidbit out as a “hole in the story,” saying the Duke had already said their daughter had started walking months ago. 

Ms Garibaldi explained: “She said that Lili is starting to walk. But Harry said, back in April, she started walking. So that’s another one of these little holes in the stories.” 

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In an interview with PEOPLE, the Duke of Sussex revealed that his daughter, who was 10 months old at the time, had started walking. 

He said: “Her current priorities are trying to keep up with her brother; she took her first step just a few days ago! Proud papa, here.”

However, while Ms Garibaldi was sceptical about the Sussexes’ story, Ms Ross argued that “a lot of parents can relate to that where they sort of they take a step and then you don’t see it again for a few weeks. 

“That’s what came to my mind — when they take two steps and they never walk again.” 

More recently, during a video call with the WellChild Awards winners, the Duke shared some insight into how his two children are doing. 

In a clip released last month, Harry spoke with four-year-old Henry Waines, winner of the Inspirational Child Award, and bonded over sharing the same name. He said: “My name’s Henry as well. But everyone calls me Harry. Don’t ask, I have no idea why.”

Harry then went on to bring up Archie, sharing some rare insight into how the three-year-old’s voice. He gushed: “You sound just like my son Archie. [You have] the same little squeaky voice. I love it.”

Adorably, four-year-old Henry responded by asking the Duke: “How are Archie and Lilibet doing?”

“They’re doing great,” Harry replied, adding: “Archie is very, very busy and Lili is learning to use her voice which is great.”

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