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Meghan Markle did her final solo event as a working royal family member on Friday, visiting students at Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, East of London, ahead of International Women’s Day. In addition to giving a moving speech to the students where she implored them “to speak up for what is right,” the Duchess of Sussex also shared a little more about how her and Prince Harry’s 10-month-old son Archie is doing. Archie is on the cusp of a major milestone already.
The Duchess revealed that Archie has “started trying to walk” and touched on his impact on her. “Having Archie changed my life,” she said.
Meghan’s new remarks about her son come just one day after she told Endeavour Fund Awards attendee Claire Spencer that Archie “is into everything” these days.
Updates directly from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex about Archie are rare. The couple last shared a photo of their son with Harry on New Year’s Eve on their Instagram—a video post that got over 6.7 million views and 610,000 likes:
Archie did not join his parents on their visit to the UK this past week. ELLE understands that due to Meghan and Harry’s very busy schedule during their final series of engagements as working royals, Archie remained in Canada.
The Duke and Duchess will return to their son shortly. The couple’s final event is tomorrow: Meghan and Harry will join the Queen and other royal family members (including Kate Middleton and Prince William) at the Commonwealth Day Westminster Abbey service in London.
A royal insider shared with ELLE yesterday that the Duke and Duchess have big plans ahead as they carve out their new roles outside of the royal family. “Moving forward, the focus for the couple goes back to preparations for their non-profit organization and numerous charitable endeavors—Harry busy with the next stages of Travalyst and Meghan working on at least two new projects,” the insider said. “They’re stepping into unchartered territory but couldn’t be more excited about the year ahead. It’s the new chapter they’ve been longing for.”