High expectations, according to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, may make becoming a mother in the public spotlight difficult because of “crushing guilt.”
In the most recent episode of her “Archetypes” podcast, “Good Wife/Bad Wife, Good Mom/Bad Mom,” she discussed this viewpoint with Sophie Trudeau, the first lady of Canada.
The Duchess, 41, calls Sophie, 47, a “close friend,” whom she first met during Toronto Fashion Week seven years ago while she was appearing in the television series “Suits.” The Duchess introduced Sophie by saying, “She knows what it is like to be a mom and a partner.
“And precisely how crushing the guilt of expectations can become as a mother and a partner in the public light, as well as how the guilt that we experience as moms or as women in general, is self-imposed.”
The Duchess, who lives with her husband Harry, Duke of Sussex, 38, and their two children, Lilibet, 16 months, and Archie, 3 years old, also described her “chaotic” mornings with her family.
“For me, it’s, you know, having both monitors on, so the kids can hear them, constantly getting up with Lily, getting her downstairs, then a half-hour later Archie,” she added. How does someone manage to accomplish this without a spouse to support them?
“Being a mother is such a lot of effort.”
The Duchess faced criticism after claiming on the previous episode of the podcast that she felt objectified when working as a briefcase girl on the game show “Deal or No Deal.” Her former co-stars disagreed with her assessment of the show and said they weren’t treated unfairly.
“You have to envision, just to give you a picture, that all the girls would line up before the show’s tapings, that there would be different stations, and that you would get your lashes put on, your extensions put in, and the padding in your bra.
Because there was a very predetermined vision of how we should appear, it was only about beauty and not necessarily about intellect. “We were even given spray tan coupons each week.”