Meghan Markle speaks of 'stepping out of mould that doesn't fit' as mum and wife to Harry

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The Duchess of Sussex tackled the topics of parenthood and being a good mother and partner in her latest episode of Archetypes, her podcast series. The episode, titled, Good Wife/Bad Wife, Good Mom/Bad Mom with Sophie Trudeau, Pamela Adlon and Sam Jay, saw Meghan delving into a discussion regarding the expectations women who are mothers and partners face.

And these pressures come not just from society but are also often self-imposed, Meghan said during a discussion with author Dr Shefali Tsabary.

The guest expert on the podcast series said: “We have fallen into this trap that we, as modern women, can do anything. Now, that sounds like a liberating message but it’s not so liberating, I would go as far and boldly to say it is toxic.

“We are falling into these misguided beliefs about who we should be, these personas of perfectionism and grandiose delusion that we can do it all.

“The pendulum swings the other way to great self-abnegation, loathing and shame, that’s the other side of that pendulum. 

“So the goal is not to not guilt ourselves or shame ourselves, the goal is to get out of that pendulum swinging madness altogether.”

Meghan chimed in to say: “And if we could just get off of that pendulum. Get off this constant rollercoaster. We can take Dr Shefali’s next piece of advice to heart.”

The author added: “Don’t destroy your essence for this illusion of perfectionism or image of the good wife or good mother, because those are just images.

“The best mother and the best woman you can be is the authentic one, the one deeply connected to our own knowing.  

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“That doesn’t take effort, that takes stillness, it takes quiet and relaxation.

“Most women in their 50s and 60s have learned this and we want to share it with women in their 30s and 40s and say ‘Hey, I overdid it, I burnt out, it got me nowhere, thank goodness I am still alive to tell the tale, don’t do what I did it is a pursuit of an illusion.”

The Duchess then invited her guests to listen on, saying: “So what do you say we find out what happens when we step outside of the moulds that don’t fit and we stop buying into this illusion.”

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