Meghan Markle Hopes Baby Sussex Is a Feminist Regardless of Gender

Meghan Markle, the royal family’s new duchess who has been vocal about her support for feminism and women’s rights, recently spoke at a panel for International Women’s Day in London. In between discussions with other distinguished guests about gender equality, the Duchess of Sussex shared a wish she has for her expecting bundle of joy.

“I had seen this documentary on Netflix about feminism, and one of the things they said during pregnancy was ‘I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism,'” she told. “I loved that, so boy or girl – whatever it is – we hope that that’s the case with our little bump.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have supported many causes for women

The duchess’ desire for her baby to understand the importance of gender equality perhaps comes as no surprise given her and Prince Harry’s humanitarian history.

Before joining the royal family, Meghan Markle was an actress who often used her platform to speak on several issues that she felt strongly about, with women’s empowerment being very high on that list. In fact, when she was only 11 years old, Markle was already writing to public officials and companies to protest sexist commercials that were perpetuating unfair gender roles.

Her fight for feminism as an adult actually led her to being named the United Nations Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership in 2015.

As the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle continues to use her voice to support women in any way possible. In 2018, for example, she worked with women who had been victims of the Grenfell Tower fire to help them publish a cookbook. Last month, she also traveled to Morocco to support education for girls.

While the duchess‘ husband Prince Harry has not been on her level of being outspoken and vocal about feminism, it’s clear he shares many of her views. He is a confirmed feminist and has shown support for causes that advocate for women. In 2015, he gave a speech in Nepal to talk about the importance of girls receiving education to reach their potential and escape poverty. Prince Harry has also shared that he believes men need to play their part in helping the fight for equality.

The couple will employ modern approaches to raising Baby Sussex

Since both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are known to not always follow rules and traditions that they deem outdated, it is expected that their parenting will reflect that.

There had been reports recently that they were raising their child in a gender-fluid environment, though that had been denied by Kensington Palace. Nevertheless, there are still signs the pair is looking to be more progressive than other royals before them. It was revealed that their nursery will not be in traditional blue or pink, but rather shades of white and gray. And given Meghan Markle’s protest against gender roles as a child, it is likely that, regardless of gender, Baby Sussex will grow up not being forced to conform to many stereotypes of the past.

Additionally, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly following in the footsteps of Prince William and Kate Middleton in trying to be more emotionally close with their children compared to older royals – not too surprising given that both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also are close with their own mothers. They will probably only hire one nanny to help look after Baby Sussex (a huge change from Queen Elizabeth’s nanny team that cared for her own kids) and will not ship their child off to boarding school yet at a young age.