The Duchess of Sussex feels her ambitions now have a “negative connotation”.
The Duchess, 41, admits that “feminist ideology” has been a central part of her life since she was at school, but she feels that meeting Prince Harry was a turning point.
The Duchess, who has three-year-old Archie and 14-month-old Lilybeth with Harry, explained: “This feminist ideology seeped into almost every aspect of my education. It’s probably safe to say that they have permeated every aspect of my life.
“The message to me and my classmates was clear: our future as young women was limitless. Ambition? That was the whole point!
“So I don’t remember ever personally experiencing a negative connotation behind the word ‘ambitious’ until I started dating my now-husband.”
The Duchess married Harry in 2018, and in recent years she has experienced “negativity” about her ambitions.
Speaking on the first episode of ‘Archetypes’ – her new Spotify podcast – the Duchess said: “Apparently ambition is a terrible, terrible thing for a woman, according to some people. So because I’ve experienced the negativity behind it, it’s really hard not to feel .
“I also can’t help but see it in the millions of girls and women who make themselves less — a lot less — on a regular basis.”
The first episode of the Duchess’ podcast series featured a conversation between her and tennis legend Serena Williams.
The description for the episode, titled “Misconceptions About Ambition with Serena Williams,” reads: “Megan talks to the one and only Serena Williams about the double standards women face when they’re labeled ‘ambitious’ and how that affects others . aspects of their lives.
“This groundbreaking premiere episode also features Dr. Laura Cray, a leading expert on gender in the workplace.”