If you’re a new mom, you may be looking at Meghan Markle and thinking her situation bears little resemblance to your own. After all, she’s rich in childcare help (and, you know, money), but she also has difficulties that come with parenting on a very public stage. And embarking on a royal tour just a few months after welcoming a baby? That’s definitely not something the typical new parent does. But Markle just made an admission about scheduling the royal tour around baby Archie’s feeding schedule, and we have to say: same.
“We’re doing well,” Markle told reporters, as People reports. “I think the schedule — they have been very kind to me, because everything is based around Archie’s feeding times. So it’s a full plate.” Traveling internationally with a 4-month-old sounds like quite a packed plate to us.
Just like that, Markle showed us that even royals have to deal with some of the tricky day-to-day elements of raising a baby. We can’t imagine it’s easy to undertake such an intense travel schedule with a new baby, but it looks like Markle and Prince Harry are finding ways to make it all work. And it appears the jam-packed trip is doing wonderful things for the new parents’ relationship.
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In Tembisa, Johannesburg, today The Duke and Duchess visited to meet young entrepreneurs at the YES hub – a hive for creativity and social enterprise. Their visit was an amazing tour of the ingenuity and opportunity – seeing businesses that varied from food to essential sanitary products for local women. During their visit, they were able to sample food from ‘Chef Mish’ – a local masterchef winner – which he makes at the site as part of his catering business and cafe. They then joined YES community members to take part in training and tests that will help them gain skills and find work. On the third stop today, entrepreneur Moss showed The Duke and Duchess the organic produce he's growing in the township with aquaponics – supplying local restaurants. And finally, The Duke and Duchess met the women behind the amazing Blossom Care Solutions – who are making 80,000 sanitary pads every month for women in their community. They are 100% compostable, and provide an essential low-cost product for women and girls. The Duchess has long campaigned on this issue and wrote in Time magazine in 2017, saying: “In communities all over the globe, young girls’ potential is being squandered because we are too shy to talk about the most natural thing in the world. To that I say: we need to push the conversation, mobilize policy making surrounding menstrual health initiatives, support organizations who foster girls’ education from the ground up, and within our own homes, we need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation.” • See our previous post to see The Dukes speech #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images
Despite the difficulties of traveling with a baby — we imagine sticking to an infant’s feeding isn’t easy when you’re constantly on the go — the family appears to be handling it beautifully.
“It’s brought Harry and Meghan even closer,” a source tells Us Weekly of the tour. “They’re calling it a life-changing experience.” From where we sit, it certainly looks epic.