Michelle Obama has some advice for Meghan Markle: ‘Don’t be in a hurry to do anything’
|National Post 03 Dec 2018 at 11:44|
It is surprisingly prescient advice, given the slew of recent allegations made about the Duchess of Sussex’s forthright demeanour and demands.
And if there is any truth in the anecdotes that have been issuing forth from behind palace walls detailing “ghastly” rows with the Duchess of Cambridge, her sister-in-law, temper tantrums over tiara choices and staff reduced to tears, she may take note.
Michelle Obama, the former American First Lady and a long-term friend of the Duke of Sussex, has suggested that the Duchess take her foot off the gas, slow down and remember she is in it for the long haul.
Asked if she had any advice for the new royal, Obama drew on her own experience of having every move subjected to public scrutiny.
“Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she’d have a life like this, and the pressure you feel – from yourself and from others – can sometimes feel like a lot,” she told Good Housekeeping magazine.
“So my biggest pieces of advice would be to take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything. I spent the first few months in the White House mainly worrying about my daughters, making sure they were off to a good start at school and making new friends, before I launched into any more ambitious work.
Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she d have a life like this
“There’s so much opportunity to do good with a platform like that – and I think Meghan can maximize her impact for others, as well as her own happiness, if she’s doing something that resonates with her personally.”
Obama is in the UK Monday on a whistle-stop tour to promote her new memoir, Becoming, and will meet children at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington before speaking at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
She and her husband enjoy such a close relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that they were rumoured to be joining the royal couple for a dinner hosted by George and Amal Clooney at their riverside mansion in Berkshire tomorrow night. But Palace sources suggested that tales of the star-studded dinner party were wide of the mark.
And Obama announced yesterday that she was cutting short her European tour to return to the U.S. for the funeral of the former U.S. president George H.W. Bush on Wednesday.
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