What We Can Learn From Meghan Markle
Quotes & Lessons from the CBS Interview
It’s somewhat ironic that the 2021 theme for International Women’s Day is “Choose to Challenge.”
Watching the recent CBS interview with Meghan Markle & Prince Harry confirmed what you may already know – We are more alike than we are different.
The idea of Choose to Challenge is about making a conscious decision to challenge traditional stereotypes, biases, and inequalities, as well as gendered norms, assumptions, and standards.
Their interview was an example of challenging the longstanding tradition of not going against “The Palace”, “The Firm”, “The Institution”…*insert proper name*.
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Look, I’m definitely not a citizen of the U.K. or The Commonwealth, but I love “The Crown”, Idris Elba, Fortnum and Mason, and Hazelnut Shortbread cookies (biscuits). And I’m definitely #TeamMeghan & #TeamHarry, sooo… here we are.
Watching the interview connected so deeply with me because I know so many women who are in Meghan’s shoes. Not Royal shoes, but HER shoes.
Have we come a long way?
Women have the right to vote.
Women no longer need their father, husband, or son to sign their name on the dotted line just for them to get a bank loan.
But do women still end up on the crappy end of the stick when it comes to a lot of things (divorce, child rearing responsibilities, pay equity, etc)?
Assuming a person of privilege can’t suffer racism or being accused of lying about suicidal thoughts is HARD enough stuff to deal with privately, but PUBLICLY… Jesus take the wheel!!
As we continue to seek ways to own our power and have our voices heard, I wanted to share some of my takeaways from the interview.
Quotes from the Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Oprah Interview
“Just being able to live authentically” (Meghan Markle)
Life is short. Is that too much to ask?
Do what makes you happy anyway.
We hear this message from women of all ages, economic status, race, ethnicity, and various backgrounds too often for it not to have value.
You will be ridiculed, undermined, and underappreciated by some, but you will also be respected, loved, and admired by others.
Just do you.
“When the perception & the reality are two different things…”
It’s hard to get people to understand a truth that differs from their reality, from their perception.
We are often judged by the experiences and perceptions of others instead of the actual reality we live.
Think about it — there are still people that believe the earth is flat 🙂
One of the most important opportunities we have is that it’s ok to tell our truth and remove the burden of trying to convince people that it’s true.
It’s their choice to believe or support, just like it’s yours to live your truth.
“If you love me, you don’t need to hate her, and if you love her, you don’t need to hate me.”
Now let’s switch these pronouns a bit.
Change “her” to “him.”
Now stand on the mountaintop and scream this to your family and friends. The love they have for each of you is not mutually exclusive, and just because you are going through a divorce, doesn’t mean that your family and friends have to pick sides (even if they feel they need to do so).
While this often happens, sometimes just repeating Meghan’s quote to them may open their eyes that this doesn’t have to be the case.
5 Lessons/Reminders from the Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Oprah Interview
- Be prepared for truths to get twisted.
- Yes, it’s possible to feel lonely when you don’t feel free.
- You can share your truth without being disparaging to others.
- Admitting that you need help is a sign of courage, not weakness.
- You can have “space” in a relationship with a family member, but yet still have deep love and empathy for them. (Family may be everything but so is your peace of mind)
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