Meghan acknowledges ‘no political issues’ while calling for paid parental leave

The Duchess of Sussex said the issue of paid leave was “humane” as she acknowledged there is a precedent in the Royal Family for “not getting involved in politics”.

Meghan wore a poppy when she appeared in person at the New York Times DealBook online summit to discuss how women can achieve ‘economic and job parity’.

The former actress wrote to members of Congress and the United States Senate asking for paid leave for new parents last month.

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Harry and Meghan with their son Archie (Toby Melville/PA)

She replied, “Frankly, I don’t see this as a political issue. Look, there’s certainly a precedent among my husband’s family and the royal family for not getting involved in politics, but I think that’s… I mean, paid vacation, from my perspective, are just a humanitarian issue.

The conversation was billed as being between two ‘revolutionary characters’ – Meghan and Mellody Hobson, co-CEO and chairman of Ariel Investments – and was moderated by editor and columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Meghan was asked about being a woman of color and what needs to happen different than just dealing with the issue from a gender perspective, and she replied: “It’s not a new issue. , and I think even though there’s been a lot more attention maybe than in the last couple of years, which is what women and women of color have been going through for a very long time – I’ve witnessed that at through the lens of my mother and now myself as an adult – is still astounding.

“But I think we’re making progress in the right direction and a lot of that comes down to, as we said, men being part of the conversation, but also women being able to support each other. .”

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018 (Yui Mok/PA)

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Sorkin called on Meghan to ‘be a boss’, saying: ‘I’ve read great things about you as a boss, and if you read the tabloids you can read all kinds of crazy things about being a boss. to be a boss.

“Do you feel like you have to do it differently, and given your role, do you feel like you have to do it differently?”

Meghan replied: “Well, number one, I urge you not to read the tabloids, because I don’t think that’s healthy for anyone.

“I hope one day they will come with a warning label like cigarettes do like ‘it’s toxic to your mental health’.

“I think the way I’ve evolved now, as my husband and I have started to build this together on our own, we just do it the way we would if we were employees of it, d agree – then treat people the way you would like to be treated.

“That’s always how I moved.”

Sorkin also asked Meghan how she was feeling, saying, “Do you feel better about everything?”

Meghan replied: “Yes, I feel much better about everything, thank you.”

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