Meghan Markle calls on US Congress to guarantee parental leave

AFP, published on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 5:13 p.m.

Meghan Markle on Wednesday called on the US Congress to guarantee parental leave to all Americans, admitting that she was “overwhelmed” with the birth of her daughter in the spring.

“I am not elected or a politician. I am, like many, a committed citizen and a mother,” writes Prince Harry’s wife in an open letter to Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and the Speaker of the House representatives Nancy Pelosi.

“In June, my husband and I welcomed our second child,” the former American actress reminds Democratic leaders in Congress. “Like all parents, we were very happy. Like many parents, we were overwhelmed. Like fewer parents, we were not faced with the harsh reality of choosing between spending these critical first months with our baby. or return to work. “

“We knew we wouldn’t have to make the impossible choices in terms of childcare, employment and medical care that so many people have to make every day,” adds the Duchess of Sussex. “No family should face these decisions.”

Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, have distanced themselves from the British royal family and have been living in California since March 2020 with their children, Archie, 2, and Lilibet, 4 months. Meghan has also moved away from her father, who complains of never having met his grandchildren.

The former actress specifies to the leaders of Congress that she is writing to them “as a mother” to defend parental leave at a time when elected officials negotiate a vast investment program that should include paid parental leave significantly less than the 12 weeks proposed by President Joe Biden.

While the British royal family is supposed to remain apolitical, Meghan Markle notes that parental leave should be “a right at the national level instead of a patchwork option limited to those whose employers have policies in place or those who live in the few states where a leave program exists “.

The United States is one of the few developed countries that does not guarantee parental leave, which the current White House considers good for the economy.

“I know how charged things can – and have – become politically charged,” writes Meghan Markle. “But it’s not about right or left. It’s about what’s right or wrong.”

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