Michelle Obama has some words of wisdom for Meghan Markle – from one queen to another.
Markle just recently traded in her acting career for royalty as the newest Duchess of Sussex after marrying #PrinceHarry. With her new title comes a lot of responsibility that she wasn’t necessarily accustomed to upon accepting Harry’s marriage proposal. Obama shares the same experience as Markle.
“Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she’d have a life like this, and the pressure you feel — from yourself and from others — can sometimes feel like a lot,” Obama told the British magazine Good Housekeeping, according to interview excerpts published Monday. “So my biggest piece of advice would be to take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything. I spent the first few months in the White House mainly worrying about my daughters, making sure they were off to a good start at school and making new friends before I launched into any more ambitious work. I think it’s okay — it’s good, even — to do that.”
Obama also encouraged Markle to go fight for issues she cares about to be heard. “What I’d say is that there’s so much opportunity to do good with a platform like that — and I think Meghan can maximize her impact for others, as well her own happiness, if she’s doing something that resonates with her personally,” Obama said. The forever First Lady went on to say that young women greatly inspired her throughout her time in office. “In many ways, things are harder for young women today. But what’s inspiring to me is that so many of the young women I’ve met are triumphing in incredible ways. Unlike my generation, they’re not as held back by the societal belief that girls and boys can’t do the same thing,” she said.
Obama continued, “They’re charging forward in sports and maths and science and technology. They’re speaking up and speaking out, not just in classrooms but in the public arena at a young age. I find great hope in this generation of young women.”