Meghan Markle praises ‘working mothers who have to shoulder so much’ after the pandemic as she announces Archewell Foundation is partnering with a childcare charity

  • Meghan Markle, 40, made the announcement in a statement out yesterday
  • Mother-of-two announced is part of ‘National Business Coalition for Child Care’
  • Brought together by Marshall Plan for Moms and the Archewell Foundation

Meghan Markle has voiced her support for working mothers and shared a new charity initiative in the US.  

The mother-of-two, 40, announced in a statement that her and Prince Harry’s Archewell Foundation is launching a ‘National Business Coalition for Child Care,’ in collaboration with the Marshall Plan for Moms charity, in the hope of pushing for more childcare solutions in the business world. 

The Duchess of Sussex, who lives in Montecito with Harry, 37, their son Archie, three and their ten-months-old daughter Lilibet, is advocating for companies to listen to the needs of their employees in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the California-native said working mothers ‘shoulder so much’ since Covid-19. 

Meghan Markle, 40, has praised working mothers and announced a new Archewell collaborations with the Marshall Plan for Moms US charity for a ‘National Business Coalition for Child Care.’ (pictured during the Invictus Games in The Hague on April 17)

The Marshall Plan for Moms is a US-based charity pushing for more flexibility and policies in the workplace to help working mothers juggling careers and parenting duties. 

‘Families everywhere, and especially working moms, are asked to shoulder so much,’ Meghan said. 

‘This has only been heightened by the pandemic, with increased caregiving responsibilities, rising prices, and economic uncertainty. As it’s been said many times, it takes a village to raise a child,’ she added. 

‘Today, we’re sending a message that childcare isn’t just a community imperative—it’s a business imperative,’ she added. ‘Creating a stronger workforce starts with meeting the needs of families.’

The Duchess of Sussex, who lives in Montecito with Harry, 37, their son Archie, three and their ten-months-old daughter Lilibet, is advocating for companies to listen to the needs of their employees in the aftermaths of the coronavirus pandemic

According to research for the Marshall Plan for Moms in partnership with McKinsey & Company, 69 per cent of mothers with children under five are more likely to go for employers who offer on-site childcare or financial aid to pay for childcare. 

Other organisations joining the coalition include, Patagonia, Athletes Unlimited. and Fast Retailing, which owns Uniqlo, Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Princesse Tam-Tam, and Theory. 

Members will work to pursue solutions to provide childcare and support for their employees. 

They have also vowed to demonstrate how they are taking spaces to that effect within their organisations, and to share their policies, data and practices to show how they are tackling the issue internally. 

They will also speak out publicly about the importance of childcare in the US economic landscape.  

It is not the first time Meghan has come out as a parenting advocate. 

Last year, she made a political statement as she wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer advocating for paid family leave.

‘I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician,’ Markle, who is long rumored to be keen on a career in politics, wrote. ‘I’m writing to you at this deeply important time – as a mom – to advocate for paid leave.’

Harry and Meghan have confirmed they will take part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 

The extraordinary 1,030-word letter – handed out to supportive media to share – asked Pelosi and Schumer to consider her plea ‘on behalf of my family, Archie and Lili and Harry’.

The duchess depicted humble beginnings, saying that her family struggled when she was young despite her well-documented middle class upbringing in which she attended private primary and secondary schools on her Emmy award-winning lighting director father’s $200,000-a-year salary.

And she now lives in a $14million sprawling mansion in Montecito, California, complete with designer touches and has signed a series of lucrative deals with Spotify and Netflix thought to be worth well over $150million.

The news of this new Archewell ventures comes as it was confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would take part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the UK come June.

A spokesperson for the couple said:  ‘Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited and honored to attend The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this June with their children.’

However, it was announced that Harry and Meghan, alongside his cousins and several other members of the royal family, won’t make an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during their visit. 

The balcony appearance, which is often seen as the centrepiece of major royal occasions, including Trooping the Colour and weddings, usually sees the Queen’s extended family gather to watch a flypast and is a rare chance for fans to see the entire extended family together.

Following his ejection from public life, after settling a civil court case in America over allegations of sexual abuse against Virginia Giuffre (which he vehemently denies), it was inconceivable that Beatrice and Eugenie’s father Prince Andrew would be given a spot. 

Despite earlier claims that the Queen offered Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a space on the platform, they too have been left off the list, although they quickly announced today that they will be in London for the celebrations with their two children. 

Platinum Jubilee: Who will be missing from the balcony? Queen’s beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren and close cousins will miss out on balcony appearance 

Left to right: Zenouska Mowatt, Lady Gabriella Windsor, Thomas Kingston, Lord Frederick Windsor, Sophie Winkleman, Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, Lord Nicholas Windsor and Louis Windsor will not appear. However, Prince Louis, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, the Duches sof Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince Charles, Prince Edward and Princess Anne have secured a spot alongside the Queen. Absentees, will include Princess Eugenie, Prince Andrew, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle. James, Viscount Severn, but there’s no place for Isla Phillips, Savannah Phillips, Peter Phillips, his ex-wife Autumn Phillips or Lyla Gilman. Lady Louise Windsor will be present. However, the following have also been ousted: Lady Helen Taylor, Flora Ogilvy, George Gilman, Lady Rose Gilman, James Ogilvy, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Alexander Ogilvy. Sylvana Palma Windsor, Countess of St. Andrews and George Windsor, the Earl of St. Andrews

1. OUT: Zenouska Mowatt

2. OUT: Lady Gabriella Windsor

3. OUT:T homas Kingston

4. OUT: Lord Frederick Windsor

5. OUT: Sophie Winkleman

6. OUT: Princess Michael of Kent

7. OUT: Prince Michael of Kent

8. OUT: Lord Nicholas Windsor

9. OUT: Louis Windsor

10. IN: Prince Louis 

11. IN: Prince William

12. IN: Prince George

13. IN: Princess Charlotte 

14. IN: Duchess of Cambridge

15. IN: Duchess of Cornwall

16. IN: Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence

17. IN: Prince Charles

18. IN: Prince Edward

19. IN: Princess Anne

20. IN: Queen Elizabeth II

21. OUT: Princess Eugenie

22. OUT: Prince Andrew

23. OUT: Prince Harry

24. OUT: Meghan Markle

25. IN: James, Viscount Severn 

26. OUT: Isla Phillips

27. OUT: Savannah Phillips 



28. OUT: Peter Phillips

29. OUT: Autumn Phillips 

30. OUT: Lyla Gilman

31. IN: Lady Louise Windsor

32. OUT: Lady Helen Taylor

33. OUT: Flora Ogilvy 

34. OUT: George Gilman

35. OUT: Lady Rose Gilman

36. OUT: James Ogilvy

37. IN: Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

38. IN: Duchess of Gloucester

39. OUT: Alexander Ogilvy

40. OUT: Sylvana Palma Windsor, Countess of St. Andrews

41. OUT: George Windsor, the Earl of St. Andrews


42: IN: Sophie Wessex 

43: IN: Princess Alexandra 

43. OUT: Princess Beatrice 

44: OUT: Edo Mapelli Mozzi

45: OUT: Sienna Mapelli Mozzi

45. OUT: Jack Brooksbank

46. OUT: August Brooksbank

47. OUT: Mia Tindall

48: OUT: Lena Tindall

49: OUT: Lucas Tindall

50: OUT: Mike Tindall  






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