The Duchess of Sussex has given an insight to the couple’s company Archewell during a recent interview with the New York Times, stating that she and Prince Harry try to “lead by example”.
In a wide-ranging conversation, Meghan spoke of the foundation’s diversity and paid leave policies, saying that they treat employees as they’d personally like to be treated, which she claims is “always how I’ve moved”.
When asked by host Andrew Ross Sorkin if she enjoyed “being a boss”, Meghan said: “I think that the way that I have now moved as my husband and I have started to build this together on our own, we’re just doing it the same way that we would want if we were employees at it. “So to treat people the way you want to be treated, that is always how I’ve moved.
Speaking of her previous role before becoming a member of the Royal Family, she said: “I used to work on a TV series for seven years, that was a crew of 200 people so the way that you are when you’re with a huge environment is no different than you are when you’re with a small company.
“It’s been really interesting, it’s great to be in New York and be able to be with so many of our team in person.”
Her appearance on The New York Times DealBook Online Summit was focused on how women can achieve professional and economic parity.
Joined by co-CEO and president of Ariel Investments, Meghan also spoke about her new campaign for a national paid leave policy, which in recent weeks has seen her write to Congress and cold-call Republican senators.
The United States is currently one of the only developed countries in the world without a national paid leave program, with Meghan stating it was a “national right” for new parents to receive support from the government.
Speaking of her own policies within the workplace, she said: “We try to lead by example, we’re a small company but we have the policies that we would like.
“So if I was an employee at our company, we have 20 weeks of paid leave because if it’s not being provided by the government at this point and hopefully that will change, you want to be a company that provides that for your employees.
“In terms of having a really multicultural staff, it’s multicultural because we want a diversity not just of people, but of opinions and points of view.
“It adds to the richness of the company and what we’re able to deliver, being on the production side or in our foundation side, anything that we do.”
Archewell was established by the couple in October 2020 after it emerged that they were unable to keep their foundation, Sussex Royal, after stepping down from the Royal Family.
Its focus is situated on a number of core topics that are closely associated with the couple, including climate change, mental health, female empowerment, and gender equality.
After the Sussexes signed a multi-million-pound deal with streaming giants Netflix and Spotify, they also launched Archewell Audio and Archewell Productions to help develop programs and podcasts.
In the last year, Archewell has raised money for the Global Vaccine Alliance Fund, has partnered with Women for Afghan Women, and has launched the 40×40 initiative to help unemployed women remobilize for the workforce.
Last week, they announced that by 2030 they would strive to become carbon net-zero as part of its pledge to the environment and the climate crisis.