Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry joined activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai for a discussion to commemorate International Day of the Girl this weekend.
After surviving an assassination attempt on a bus, Yousafzai became an outspoken advocate for the education of women and girls around the world. She subsequently jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, co-founded the Malala Fund, and continues to promote equality worldwide.
Speaking from their home in Santa Barbara, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex discussed the importance of women all over the world having access to education, and spoke about their own experiences at school. Duchess Meghan also discussed her priorities when it comes to raising Archie and explained, “To be able to raise our son in a way where everything about his nourishment is in terms of educational substance, and how you can learn and how you can grow. You know, having the privilege of being able to go to school is something that, I think, oftentimes is taken for granted.”
Malala also went on to ask the Sussexes how they have been spending lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. Prince Harry replied, “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.” Harry continued, “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.”
While the Sussexes have been working hard to continue supporting the charities and causes they hold dear, they’ve also been able to spend more time at home with their young son, Archie. During the discussion, they revealed, “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,” Meghan explained. “We’d miss a lot of those moments.”
Signing off from the chat, Malala adorably told Meghan and Harry, “I’m shortsighted so I can’t see the screen clearly. So I’m going to wear my glasses so I can see the screen clearly. I don’t know if Archie can talk yet, but all my best wishes and love and kisses to him.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US