Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex tend to their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Toby Melville – Pool/Getty)
Meghan Markle has revealed that Prince Harry is a “feminist, nurturing” dad, smashing gender roles and setting a “beautiful example” for their son Archie.
Meghan Markle sat down with Gloria Steinem on Women’s Equality Day (August 26), ahead of the release of the film The Glorias about the activist’s life, to discuss the importance of women voting in the 2020 US elections.
In the Q&A for media company MAKERS Women, Markle 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.”
Steinem added: “Well, you can be a feminist and be masculine and a guy.”
Markle agreed, responding: “Like my husband!”
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.’
“You need that. And 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.”
Steinem described Prince Harry as a “nurturing father”, and added: “Because then your son will grow up knowing it’s OK to be loving and nurturing.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in January that they planned to step down from being “senior members” of the royal family following months of unhappiness in the face of negative press attention.
Prince Harry, who has followed in the footsteps of his mother Princess Diana in fighting the stigma surrounding HIV, gave his first speech on the subject at a reception for the HIV charity Sentebale.
Prince Harry set up Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006 to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.