From Oprah Magazine
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is opening up about the risks she’s taken as a public figure since leaving royal life behind.
During a new virtual interview for the Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit, the duchess revealed that each and every personal and professional decision she’s made recently was done with her number one priority in mind: her and Prince Harry’s son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
“Everything I’m doing is for Archie, our son. Perhaps from the outside it could look risky,” said Meghan. “But … if you’re living an authentic life, I don’t even know if you would define it as risk anymore. You just do what’s right.”
“How can I make this world better for Archie?”
Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex says at the #FortuneMPW Next Gen Summit that motherhood has made her both more cautious—and more courageous—as a leader. pic.twitter.com/pJXoweVYUH
— FORTUNE (@FortuneMagazine) October 13, 2020
Meghan also spoke about her relationship with social media and how it’s changed throughout the years, especially since deactivating her own personal and popular Instagram account ahead of her 2018 marriage to Harry. She also alluded to the fact that she very likely will not return to the online social sphere following her and Harry’s stepping down from royal life.
“For my own self-preservation, I have not been on social media for a very long time. I’d had a personal account years ago, which I closed down, and then we had one through the institution and our office that was in the U.K.—separate from us, that wasn’t managed by us, that was a whole team,” she said. “I think that comes with a territory for the job that you have. I’ve made a personal choice to not have any account. So I don’t know what’s out there and in many ways, that’s helpful for me. I have a lot of concerns for people that have become obsessed with it.
“It is so much a part of our daily culture for so many people that it’s an addiction like many others,” continued Meghan. “There is something algorithmically that is creating this obsession, and I think it’s very unhealthy for a lot of people. I would just say, as you are out there building your brand, as you’re out there engaging with your friends online, just be conscious of what you’re doing and understand that it is not limited to that one moment.”
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