The last time Meghan Markle gave a television interview, Buckingham’s foundations shook. It was in March of this year on the Oprah Winfrey program and the Duchess of Sussex and her husband, Prince Henry of England, made several harsh statements about their life within the British royal family, which they came to label as racist. This Thursday night, Markle has returned to a set to talk with Ellen DeGeneres, in one of the most successful programs on American television, but this time, the talk has been much more relaxed, relaxed, without references to her life in the Kingdom United and marked by childhood anecdotes and his current family life. “We moved here during the pandemic and that allowed us to spend a lot of time at home together. We have decorated, we have created our home, in addition [a Enrique] He likes the California way of life and the weather is pretty good. We are happy ”, he confessed, about his move to Montecito – where DeGeneres is a neighbor – and his new daily life away from London.
Upon arrival at the program, Markle confessed that she went without sleeping because little Lili, who is five months old, is having her first teeth. “Until now she slept well, but with teething she feels very uncomfortable. I do what any mother does, I give her cold nipples to calm her down, ”she explained. Faced with the confession, DeGeneres did not hesitate to respond with humor and advised her to give her “tequila” to calm her down. “I haven’t tried that yet, I’m waiting for her aunt Ellen to come give it to her,” replied Markle, 40.
Throughout the interview, the Duchess of Sussex gave other details of her family life. He revealed, for example, that he will spend Thanksgiving – which is celebrated next week – in the kitchen, roasting the traditional turkey. “I love cooking. We will be together at home relaxed, ”he said. He also shared a picture of his first-born, Archie, in the family home’s chicken coop, though without showing his face. “He is a very sweet boy,” said the little boy, who is now two years old.
But one of the funniest and most unexpected moments of the night was when, as a result of a self-portrait made when she was little in which she had drawn a prominent curly hair, the former actress confessed that at the age of 10 or 11 she was obsessed with the hair of Andie MacDowell in the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral. “All I wanted was that perfect curly hair. I asked my mother to go to the hairdresser and the first day I was thinking ‘This is amazing. I look like Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral’, but people forgot to tell me that I had afro hair, that I was not going to look like Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral and that’s how it ended up evolving (in reference to her hair). I went to school and it looked like Krusty the clown from The Simpson”.
In addition to offering a close and uncorseted image, Markle took advantage of her time on television to reinforce her activist profile and influence her commitment to fight for paid maternity leave in the country. “The United States is the only country that does not legally offer paid maternity leave. I am going to do everything in my power to make it law. ”Last October, the Duchess began this fight by addressing a letter to the United States Congress, an initiative that has been widely criticized by some Republican senators. They accuse of using their title to lobby. Some attacks that Markle wanted to defend herself against. “I think people really forget, or don’t even know, that in this country, it is one of only six countries in the whole world and lThe only wealthy nation that does not have a federal paid maternity leave program. Everyone knows, especially if you have had a child, how difficult it is and how critical it is to abandon it in those first weeks, if not months, the family must be united in those moments. The fact that we do not offer maternity leave is something for which, as a mother of two children, I am going to fight to make sure that we can offer it to everyone, ”she said.
During his appearance on the show, there was also time for humor. As her guests are used to, Markle participated — at her own request — in a joke in which she had to obey orders that came to her through a headset from the set, while shopping at street stalls. The duchess then followed one by one all the absurd instructions that were given to her, from touching some crystals, declaring that she had “healing powers” and doing a kind of spiritual session before the astonished gaze of one of the vendors to taste some sauces and ask him to the shopkeeper to give her something “spicier” because “Mommy wants a little heat.” But, without a doubt, one of the highlights was when Markle put a headband with cat ears on her head and began to sing a song imitating a cat.