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Meghan Markle Talks Social Media and Using Her Voice at Fortune Summit

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“Sometimes making the best decision for you and your family may not be the most popular choice.”

Meghan Markle appeared in the virtual overnight Strongest Next Gen Summit to the capital. While speaking with co-editor Emma Hinchlife, the Duchess of Sussex, who wore a tie-dye camisole and Cuyana Luna earrings, touched many important topics, including social media, following her beliefs, exercising her voice and like motherhood her view of leadership has changed. While the full video hasn’t been released yet, there is no shortage of clips and snippets shared by news outlets and on social media for some of the highlights of the conversation. See some of the things she had to say during the 15 minute chat:

About learning to “pursue your beliefs with actions”

“Sometimes making the best decision for you and your family isn’t the most popular choice. But if you really know who you are and what your belief system is and you live by the truth, then I think it can cause the layers of fear to come off to peel off. And one of the things that I have continued to tell me for a long time that my belief is greater than my fear – and maybe that is belief in a higher power or in yourself or in humanity – whatever it is has to be greater than the fears that prevent you from taking this step. If I were to offer any advice, the big picture has to be considered, but sometimes just taking this first step is enough to go in the right direction. Start somewhere and then you have no idea where you are going to end up, but if you don’t start at all you are always in the same place and often this is not a good place. “

When training your voice

“Your voice is important. You realize it more when you can’t practice it. Regardless of my experience over the past few years compared to the experiences of others, one cannot take for granted that one can be heard as a woman, and now with the platform people have on social media to actually have the me think that’s a big responsibility. “

On social media

“For my own self-preservation I haven’t been on social media for a long time. I had a personal account years ago that I closed and then we had one through the institution and our UK office that wasn’t managed by us – that was a whole team – and I think that comes with the area for the job that you have. I personally chose not to have an account so I don’t know what’s out there and in many ways it helps me out. I have a lot of worries about people who are obsessed with it. And it’s so much a part of our daily culture for so many people that it’s an addiction like many others. There are very few things in this world that you call the person who does it the user. There is something algorithmic that creates this obsession that I think is very unhelpful to a lot of people. “

How motherhood has changed the way you view leadership

“It’s interesting because my gut is that it makes you braver. It makes you so concerned about the world you are going to inherit, and the things that you can tolerate on your own are not the same things that you will put your child in a position of vulnerability to. You go every day – how can I make this world a better place for Archie? This is a shared belief for my husband and me. At the same time, I am careful about certain things that put my family at risk. I try to be very clear about what I am saying and not make it controversial and instead talk about things that seem pretty straightforward, like exercising your right to vote. I think this is as simple as it gets and as necessary as it comes and up to that point as a parent I can enjoy all of the fun and silliness and games with my son but I wouldn’t be able to be proud of to be myself as a mother when I didn’t know that I am doing my part to make it a better place for him. “

What’s next?

“Everything I do is for Archie, our son … There is a lot I look forward to – certainly creating programs and content that are conscious, inspiring, call to action, and uplifting. And I look forward to being back home in the US and hopefully when things open up a little more with COVID, just be back and engage and interact with people in a different way allow me to roll up my sleeves and at home am really boots on the floor. “

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