Royal fans, especially fans of the Duchess of Sussex, have been interested in the conversation between Sophie Trudeau and Meghan Markle on the podcast ‘Archetypes’ on Spotify.
This sudden curiosity resurfaces after last August 2, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, announced that he was separating from his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, after 18 years of marriage and three children together.
On Meghan Markle’s podcast, both women discussed their roles as mothers and wives under the constant public eye.
Sophie Trudeau and Meghan Markle
The friendship between Canada’s first lady and Prince Harry’s wife began when Meghan was on ‘Suits’, as much of the series was filmed in Toronto.
In the episode titled “Good Wife/Bad Wife, Good Mom/Bad Mom”, Meghan recalled that she met Sophie at least seven years ago, during fashion week in Toronto.
Sophie is a journalist by profession and is also a strong activist on issues such as eating disorders and feminism.
Markle pointed out that there was one detail they shared: they both lived under the spotlight and constant scrutiny from everyone.
“She knows what it’s like to be a mother and a partner at the same time and to be exposed,” said Prince Harry’s wife referring specifically to playing both roles under the public eye.
“The crushing guilt of expectations can become the weakness we feel as mothers or as women. It’s generally self-imposed,” she added.
In that sense, she stated that it was a learned feeling, as one was not born with it built in. She also talked about freedom and its meaning.
“When I grew up, I realized that we often define freedom as a way to be independent from the world, but in reality it is a way to be independent in the world,” she said.
In Markle’s words, there was a time in life when the desire to “fit in with the crowd” disappeared, as did the “compulsion to be perfect or to be popular.” “It all fades away,” she added.
The Duchess also said that the central core of many families around the world were women and that they often carried the greatest burden in the household to contribute to everyone’s well-being.
For her part, Sophie Trudeau stated that all women “long to be free in who we are” and believe that they carry “most of the load” when it comes to housework and parenting.
“Women across this planet are still the nucleus of the family, they still carry most of the load for housework, contributing to the family’s well-being and most decisions concerning the kids,” she added, “But I think we’re all that lioness, we all have that inside of us, and we all long to be free in who we are.”
It should be noted that Sophie Grégoire Trudeau never mentioned at any time that she had marital problems.