How Quarantine Helped Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Enjoy Son Archie’s "First Steps"

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been able to slow down in quarantine and spend more time with their young son Archie.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have slowed down their busy schedules due to the coronavirus pandemic, giving them more time for family. 

In a video conversation with Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai for International Day of the Girl, the parents opened up about how quarantine has affected their personal lives. 

"We've been working really, really hard and completely understand and get how challenging this is for absolutely everyone. The longer it goes on the more it's going to be felt especially from a mental health aspect," the Duke of Sussex explained in the interview, which he and Meghan filmed virtually with Malala from their home in Santa Barbara. "This is a really unifying moment to bring everyone together and acknowledge what everyone has been through, this traumatic experience, wherever you are in the world."

One benefit to the stay at home orders is that the couple has been able to witness some of their son Archie Harrison's milestones. 

As Harry explained, "We were both there for Archie's first steps, his first run, his first fall, everything."

"In so many ways we are fortunate to be able to have this time to watch him grow, and in the absence of COVID, we would be traveling and working more externally," Meghan added. "We'd miss a lot of those moments. So I think it's been a lot of really good family time."

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Meghan and Prince Harry moved to their new Santa Barbara home this summer. 

In a conversation with rugby star Ellery Hanley, Prince Harry shared that one of the benefits of their new home is the ability to play outside with Archie.

"I'm just unbelievably fortunate and grateful to have outdoor space and see my son be able to be outside," the royal explained. "I know that so many people just haven't had that opportunity in the last five months."

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