'Relatable' Meghan Markle is not immune to the sadness and loneliness that comes from being a parent, says expert
Many argued that Meghan's motherhood is much easier than most working moms, with an array of aides, a palatial lifestyle and all the perks that come with being a royal. But, this expert says that when you're a parent, this doesn't matter
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have recently opened up about the struggles of being in the public eye, but the near-constant scrutiny of the press has especially been hard on Meghan. Teary-eyed and emotional, the new mother spoke about the hardships of being pregnant and raising a small child while also being a royal who the tabloids have a love/hate relationship with and it struck a chord with many women out there. #WeLoveYouMeghan was proof of that.
Many argued that Meghan's motherhood is much easier than most working moms, with an array of aides, a palatial lifestyle and all the perks that come with being a royal. But, according to Dr.Bethany L Cook, psychologist, parenting expert and author of 'For What It's Worth: A Perspective on How to Thrive and Survive Parenting Ages 0-2' it really doesn't matter how many people are waiting on you, your child is your own.
"When you become the parent of another human being that responsibility cannot be given or transferred to anyone else. It doesn’t matter how much money or staff you have to help you care for your baby, at the end of the day it is the responsibility of the parent to ensure their child thrives," Dr. Cook says.
Like any mother, she would like to spend alone time with her baby but its a possibility that she's not only fighting for that space but also struggling to deal with the royal regulations that have royal kids be raised by their nannies. "No, not even Meghan Markle can escape the sadness and loneliness that comes with a new baby and I feel her pain," she says.
Meghan is definitely putting a quiver in the British "stiff upper lip" as she calls it. This new way of thinking and her boldness may be scaring many, says Dr.Cook but that doesn't mean that Meghan is unrelatable. "Meghan’s honesty and vulnerability hit straight to the hearts of parents around the world because they can relate to her experience."
The royal couple is taking some time off, say sources to spend some time with the family and their baby, it was announced after the ITV documentary 'Harry and Meghan: An African Journey' and Dr.Cook believes that it is the best thing to do right now for little Archie Windsor. They should bond with him as much as possible. Research shows that by holding and touching your baby you are building strong neural pathways, says Dr.Cook. "Archie also requires copious amounts of time with his mom without distraction in order to attach and connect in a meaningful and emotional manner."
Harry too, plays an important part in raising an emotionally and mentally healthy Archie and it looks like he's already on the right path. "He is already doing what a protective and caring father and partner would do which trying to carve out space and time for his family to be together," she said.
'Harry & Meghan: An African Journey' airs tonight, at 10 p.m. EST, on ABC.