Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Reveal What They've Loved About Quarantine With Archie

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened up about their life in an interview with Malala Yousafzai.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry opened up about what quarantine has been like with their 1 1/2-year-old son, Archie, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep the royals at home in Santa Barbara, California.

“We were both there for his first steps, his first run, his first fall, his first everything,” Harry said during a virtual conversation with Pakistani activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai on Sunday to celebrate the International Day of the Girl.

“In so many ways we are fortunate to be able to have this time to watch him grow,” the duchess told Yousafzai, who hosted the intimate chat through her Malala Fund for girls’ education.

“And in the absence of COVID, we would be traveling and working more. We’d miss a lot of those moments,” Meghan said.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pictured with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, last year in South Africa. 
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pictured with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, last year in South Africa. 

During a separate podcast appearance with “Teenager Therapy” released on Saturday, the Duchess of Sussex opened up about the “almost unsurvivable” amount of hate she got both before and after giving birth to Archie last year.

“I’m told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world ― male or female,” Meghan said.

“Eight months of that, I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave with a baby,” the former “Suits” actor added. “But what was able to be manufactured and churned out ― it’s almost unsurvivable.”

One of the “Teenager Therapy” co-hosts later asked Meghan how she was doing, which prompted the Duchess of Sussex to reflect on one of her most talked about moments last year, while the family was on its royal tour of South Africa and she was still breastfeeding Archie.

The Sussexes with their baby son, Archie, as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, last September.
The Sussexes with their baby son, Archie, as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, last September.

“Isn’t that funny ― it was about a year ago that someone asked me that,” Meghan said. “We were on a tour in South Africa, and on the last day of the tour, man I was tired. I was just about to give Archie a bath. I was exhausted.”

Harry added that Meghan was breastfeeding Archie at the time, which the duchess likened to “running a marathon.”

“Between every official engagement, I was running back to make sure our son was fed,” she said. “But at the end [of filming for a documentary], the journalist asked me if I was OK. And I didn’t realize that my answer would receive such an interest from around the world.”

“I didn’t think about that answer. I just answered honestly,” the duchess said, explaining that she was just vulnerable and tired at the time. “It was just ― here’s where I am ― I’m a mom who is with a 4 1/2-month-old baby, and we are tired.”

Meghan added, “But I think it speaks to the fact that the reason it resonated with people is because everyone wants to be asked if they’re OK.”

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Harry and Meghan with their newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in St. George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019.
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The new parents with baby Archie two days after his May 6 birth.
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A close-up of baby Archie during his first photocall with his parents.
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Archie meets Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles at Windsor Castle, along with Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother.
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Harry, Meghan and Archie flanked by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles; Doria Ragland; Lady Jane Fellowes; Lady Sarah McCorquodale; Prince William; and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at Windsor Castle on the day of Archie's christening in July 2019.
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The family of three on the day of Archie's christening.
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Prince Charles and Harry look at Archie on the day of his christening.
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Meghan, Archie and Harry attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Harry was competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England.
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Meghan holds Archie at the the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match.
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Archie visits Cape Town during a royal tour of South Africa on Sept. 25, 2019.
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Archie, Meghan and Harry at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on Sept. 25, 2019.
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The family on their tour of South Africa.
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Archie was front and center in their first Christmas card as a family of three.