Meghan Markle’s parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland divorced while the Duchess of Sussex was a school student. Prince Harry experienced a similar situation at home when he was a youngster with his dad King Charles III and mother Princess Diana splitting in August 1996. Despite the pair growing up in vastly different circumstances, the pair revealed in their new Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan that this helped them bond over their shared family experiences.
However, Harry also hinted at Charles and Diana being “competitive” over him and his brother Prince William when they shared the parenting load following their divorce.
So much so, Harry admitted he and Meghan were keen to “avoid the mistakes” their own parents made as they bring up their own children, Archie and Lilibet.
“I think it’s such a responsibility as human beings that if you bring a small person into this world…
“You should be doing anything you can to make the world a better place for them,” Harry said in the second episode of Harry and Meghan.
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He continued: “But equally, what’s most important for the two of us is to make sure that we don’t repeat the same mistakes that our parents made.
Meghan weighed in: “There’s so much from anyone’s childhood that you bring with you into the present.
“Especially when you are a product of divorce,” she added.
Harry then explained how their experience helped the two connect, adding: “I think most kids who are the products of divorced parents have a lot in common (laughs), no matter what your background is.
“It’s so funny, when I was 12, I was at Immaculate Heart and one of the assignments was to write a poem about your life.
“And I remember this poem to this day which was… Two houses, two homes. Two kitchens, two phones. Two couches where I lay. Two places that I stay.
“Moving, moving here and there. From Monday to Friday, I’m everywhere.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that bad. But oftentimes, it makes me sad. I want to live that nuclear life. With a happy dad and his loving wife.
“A picket fence, a shaggy dog. A fireplace with a burning log.
“But it’s not real, it’s just a dream. I cannot cry or even scream. So here I sit with cat number three. Life would be easy if there were two of me,” she concluded.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed eldest child Archie to the world back in 2019, while Lilibet was born on June 4, 2021.
Harry & Meghan part 1 is available to stream on Netflix now. Part 2 premieres on Thursday, December 15.