As the American First Lady for eight years, Michelle Obama knows a thing or two about being under a microscope. Now she's sharing some of her best tips with Meghan Markle, who officially became a member of the British royal family in 2018.
In a recent interview with GoodHouseKeeping, Michelle Obama opened up about the pressure that came with being the First Lady of the United States. While being the FLOTUS and a Duchess aren't exactly the same thing, Michelle and Meghan Markle do have to fulfill people's expectations to make an impact.
When asked about what advice she had for the Duchess of Sussex, Michelle empathized with Meghan on how difficult it can be to have to deal with pressure from a lot of different corners.
So my biggest advice would be to take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything.
Michelle Obama explained that, during her first few months in the White House, she was constantly worried, mostly about her children. It was only later that she began participating in "ambitious work." When the time came to start to do something meaningful, she decided to go for issues that she was strongly passionate about.
I chose children’s health because I’d lived through the difficulty of raising healthy kids as a mom.
Her own life experiences prepared her for the changes she ended up making, Michelle said, adding that she simply focused on getting through to young people.
Therefore, she advised Meghan to do the same. She pointed out that the royal has now a pretty significant platform and she can "maximize her impact for others."
One key thing Meghan Markle must remember is to consider her own happiness. For that to happen, she has to go for issues and causes that "resonates with her personally," Michelle said.
This sounds like a fantastic advice. Not to Meghan alone but to anyone looking to make a difference in the world. Start by doing something you care deeply about and you can be happy while you affect that change.