Yesterday British Vogue announced very exciting news: None other than Meghan Markle is the guest editor of the famed glossy's September issue. Today, the magazine revealed arguably the most enlightening part of the issue, the Duchess of Sussex's brilliant interview with Michelle Obama. Can you think of a more formidable duo?
Markle asked Obama only six questions, so you know she put careful consideration into each and every one. Three of the questions centered on motherhood, which shouldn't be surprising given that Markle is a new mom to baby Archie, and Obama knows a thing or two about raising children in the spotlight. Naturally, Obama's answers were incredibly insightful. "Motherhood has taught me that, most of the time, my job is to give them the space to explore and develop into the people they want to be," Obama responded. "Not who I want them to be or who I wish I was at that age, but who they are, deep inside." Scroll down to read the three questions Markle asked Obama about motherhood, and head over to British Vogue to read the complete interview.
1. What has motherhood taught you?
"Being a mother has been a masterclass in letting go," Obama told Markle. "Try as we might, there’s only so much we can control. And, boy, have I tried – especially at first. As mothers, we just don’t want anything or anyone to hurt our babies. But life has other plans. Bruised knees, bumpy roads and broken hearts are part of the deal." Obama then went on to explain how her two daughters are different from each other and how neither approach to life is better or worse.
2. What advice do you give your daughters?
"Don't just check the boxes you think you're supposed to check, like I did when I was their age," Obama responded. "I tell them that I hope they'll keep trying on new experiences until they find what feels right. And what felt right yesterday might not necessarily feel right today. That's OK – it's good, even. When I was in college, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer because it sounded like a job for good, respectable people. It took me a few years to listen to my intuition and find a path that fit better for who I was, inside and out."
3. How would that advice be different if you were offering it to sons? Or would it be the same?
"It would be exactly the same," Obama told Markle and British Vogue. "My parents, particularly my father, taught my brother and me at an early age to treat boys and girls exactly the same."