The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child, son Archie, back in June, and the couple has given the public their first real look at the young Royal during their current tour of South Africa. While both Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have kept relatively private about their life as parents since Archie's birth, However, during a recent meeting Duchess Meghan Markle opened up about her life as a mom.
During a meeting titled "Ladies who Launch" with female tech company founders, Markle sat down with 12 female entrepreneurs who spoke about their experiences in business, including their struggles. Naadiya Moosajee, a mother of a two-year-old son who was in the meeting told PEOPLE some of what she discussed with the Duchess.
“We acknowledged the importance of not just education for girls but being role models for boys — that we are women who are influential and who boys can look up to as well,” Moosajee said. “We both have sons, and we were bearing in mind that we are not just role models for girls but boys — and not just our sons, but generally in public too.”
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Ladies who launch! This afternoon in the Woodstock district of Cape Town, The Duchess of Sussex joined inspiring female entrepreneurs who shared their passion for ideas, technology and making a positive social impact. Each of the women shared amazing stories of how they started in business, the journey they’ve been on - successes and struggles - but also their ambitions for the future. Female empowerment and championing women’s rights is a key focus for The Duchess. By taking small actions we can make a big difference. Thank you to the inspiring women The Duchess met today, who are setting this example every day through their dedication and determination. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images / Sussex Royal
Moosajee also added that the meeting “didn’t feel hierarchical with a princess in the room, but it was women gathered together and talk about the struggles we have, as well as the things we need to do to move forward and grow and change our societies.”
Businesswoman Matsi Modise, who was also in attendance said that Markle "talked about being a mother and having duties as a duchess and fulfilling what her heart desires — and that it can’t just fade away now that you’re a duchess,” says Modise. “That you have to be true to who you are.”
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Arch meets Archie! This morning The Duke and Duchess were honoured to introduce their son Archie, to Archbishop, Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Thandeka. The Archbishop, a globally respected figure in anti-apartheid movement, is one of the world’s great champions of equality, and has spent his life tirelessly battling injustice. Their Royal Highnesses have joined The Archbishop and Thandeka to learn more about the work of The Tutu and Leah Legacy Foundation, and see first-hand how they are focussing on global awareness of the critical issues affecting the world. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ Reuters
She also told the magazine that Markle was inspiring as she spoke to the group of women. “You know the phrase, ‘If you have climbed a mountain, you’re the one who has the biggest to fall?’ You are the one who is ushering a path for everyone else. She spoke about how we have to keep pushing and going forward, knowing that you are doing it for others who will follow. She wasn’t referring to being a royal, but life in general when you have challenges.”
Modise also added that while she was initially a bit nervous to be sitting down with the Duchess of Sussex, Markle was completely welcoming. “I was awestruck, a bit nervous,” says Modise. “But she radiates grace and she is taking this task that she has with such grace. A lot of us have done amazing things as founders, but meeting a royal is quite daunting. She made it easy. She is an easy-going royal!”