Meghan Markle letter shows she and Prince Harry ‘overwhelmed’ by Lilibet birth
Meghan Markle has written a passionate open letter to the US Congress, calling for paid parental leave for all parents across the country.
Her emotional plea has also seen her reveal several things about her own personal experiences growing up, along with her experiences as a mum.
Here are some things we’re learnt about the Duchess of Sussex from her emotional letter, according to the Daily Mirror.
Meghan enjoyed eating out for $4.99 as a child
She wrote: "I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler – it may have cost less back then (to be honest, I can't remember) – but what I do remember was the feeling: I knew how hard my parents worked to afford this because even at five bucks, eating out was something special, and I felt lucky."
She had to work from age 13 to make ends meet
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She said in the letter: "I started working (at the local frozen yoghurt shop) at the age of 13. I waited tables, babysat and piecemealed jobs together to cover odds and ends.
"I worked all my life and saved where I could – but even that was a luxury – because it was usually about making ends meet and having enough to pay my rent or put gas in my car."
She and Prince Harry were 'overwhelmed' after Lilibet's birth
Meghan and Prince Harry are parents to two children – Archie and Lilibet – and according to Meghan both she and Harry were "overwhelmed" following Lilibet's arrival.
She wrote in the letter: "In June, my husband and I welcomed our second child. Like any parents, we were overjoyed. Like many parents, we were overwhelmed."
Meghan didn't have to worry about going back to work after Lilibet’s birth
She revealed: "Like fewer parents, we weren't confronted with the harsh reality of either spending those first few critical months with our baby or going back to work.
"We knew we could take her home, and in that vital (and sacred) stage, devote any and everything to our kids and to our family."
She went on: "We knew that by doing so we wouldn't have to make impossible choices about childcare, work and medical care that so many have to make every single day.
"No family should be faced with these decisions. No family should have to choose between earning a living and having the freedom to take care of their child (or a loved one, or themselves, as we would see with a comprehensive paid leave plan)."
Meghan believes paid leave should be a right
She argues: "Paid leave should be a national right, rather than a patchwork option limited to those whose employers have policies in place, or those who live in one of the few states where a leave program exists.
"If we're going to create a new era of family-first policies, let's make sure that includes a strong paid leave program for every American that's guaranteed, accessible, and encouraged without stigma or penalty."
Meghan understands how divisive politics has become
She acknowledged: "I know how politically charged things can – and have – become. But this isn't about right or left, it's about right or wrong.
"This is about putting families above politics. And for a refreshing change, it's something we all seem to agree on. At a point when everything feels so divisive, let this be a shared goal that unites us.
"So, on behalf of my family, Archie and Lili and Harry, I thank you for considering this letter, and on behalf of all families, I ask you to ensure this consequential moment is not lost."
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