The Duchess of Sussex has penned a letter to Congress advocating for a national paid leave program for new parents. The letter, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, describes the Duchess’ experience growing up and becoming a mother herself.
The Duchess said she and her family lived in poverty, requiring her to begin work at the age of 13. She described feeling like buffet-style meals and $4.99 salad bars were luxury items, so far out of the realm of what families like hers could afford.
“I worked all my life and saved when and where I could—but even that was a luxury—because usually it was about making ends meet and having enough to pay my rent and put gas in my car,” she said.
Now, Meghan is a mother to two children, son Archie and daughter Lilibet, who wasearlier this year. In the letter, she describes the emotions she and her husband, Prince Harry, felt when welcoming their second child.
“In June, my husband and I welcomed our second child,” the Duchess wrote. “Like any parents, we were overjoyed. Like many parents, we were overwhelmed. 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. We knew that by doing so we wouldn’t have to make impossible choices about childcare,…