Lockdown meant we were both there for Archie’s first steps, Harry and Meghan tell Malala

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have talked about their son Archie’s first steps during lockdown in a virtual chat with Malala Yousafzai.

Meghan revealed that the coronavirus pandemic had provided “a lot of good family time” for the Sussexes, with Harry adding: “We were both there for Archie’s first steps, his first run, his first fall, everything.”

Meghan said: “It’s just fantastic and in so many ways we are fortunate to have this time to watch him grow. In the absence of COVID, we would be travelling and working more externally and we’d have missed a lot of those moments.”

Harry added: “These are really special moments, but we have been working really, really hard.”

Harry and Meghan talked to the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner about the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had on girls and their education, as well as about its impact on their family.

Malala Yousafzai, now 23, was an outspoken advocate for women’s education in Pakistan when she was shot in the head by the Taliban in retaliation for her activism.

She was treated in the UK and went on to graduate from the University of Oxford earlier this year, since when she has continued to campaign for girls’ access to education.

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