Meghan Markle has said humans are not 'mechanical objects that need to be fixed' as she opened up about her 'hopes, fears and insecurities' during an intimate chat at a bakery for disadvantaged women.
The Duchess of Sussex lamented the 'culture of instant gratification' in today's society where people expect an 'instant fix', and said humans should instead be seen as 'wounded creatures that need to be healed'.
The 38-year-old was visiting Luminary Bakery, the London-based project to help disadvantaged women which she featured in guest-edited issue of British Vogue.
The Duchess of Sussex (seen left, with Prince Harry in South Africa; and right, at a gender equality discussion at Windsor Castle) lamented the 'culture of instant gratification' in today's society where people expect an 'instant fix'
The 38-year-old was visiting Luminary Bakery, the London-based project to help disadvantaged women which she featured in guest-edited issue of British Vogue. Pictured are cakes from the bakery that the Sussexes shared on Instagram
Speaking to Tanya, a woman who was stabbed repeatedly by her violent ex-partner, she said: 'I was talking about this with someone the other day. We get into this habit of wanting things done immediately nowadays.
'There's a culture of instant gratification, of the instant fix. But we aren't mechanical objects that need to be fixed. You're a wounded creature that needs to be healed, and that takes time.'
Meghan, who married Prince Harry in 2018 and gave birth to their baby son, Archie, in May, told the Daily Telegraph's Bryony Gordon: 'I find that when you strip all the layers away, as people, and especially as women, we can find deep connection with each other, and a shared understanding.
'Our lives may be different, our backgrounds, our experiences, all varied, but I find that in these moments of connection it becomes abundantly clear that our hopes, our fears, our insecurities, the things that make us tick…. well, those are very much the same. And there's comfort in that.'
The royal also said since she has moved to the UK 'people have an expectation when I'm coming somewhere' but she wanted them to be 'nice and chilled'.
The Luminary Bakery in east London, which provides a place for disadvantaged women to meet and socialise
Meghan discussing her decision to include the Luminary Bakery in her issue of British Vogue
Meghan also revealed she would be watching the rugby World Cup final with Archie in his England baby grow, while her husband cheers on the national side in the stands.
It came as Labour MP Holly Lynch revealed how she discussed the public eye being 'a lonely place for women' during a phone call with Meghan this week.
Meghan personally phoned Ms Lynch, MP for Halifax in West Yorkshire, to thank her for writing an open letter that 72 female politicians signed to support her over negative Press coverage of the Duchess.
The MP admitted she was 'touched' to hear from her, and told how Meghan, 38, was remaining positive and channeling the negative energy into turning attitudes around.
Politicians including Diane Abbott and Jess Phillips wrote to the Duchess of Sussex, saying they 'stand with' her and relate to her experience.
Speaking to Harper's Bazaar, the MP said: 'I was moved to hear from her.
'She wanted to say that she appreciated the gesture and to pass on her thanks to all the women who have signed.
'We spoke about how being a women in the public eye it can sometimes feel like a lonely place to be but there's actually a lot of us that feel feel this way way and when we work together we can be a real force for good, bringing about the changes that we want to see.'
It came as Labour MP Holly Lynch revealed how she and Meghan discussed how being in the public eye could be lonely for women. The royal is seen during this month's ITV documentary
Meghan personally phoned Ms Lynch, MP for Halifax in West Yorkshire, pictured, to thank her for writing an open letter that 72 female politicians signed to support her
Politicians including Diane Abbott and Jess Phillips wrote to the Duchess of Sussex , saying they 'stand with' her and relate to her experience
Holly shared her campaign on Twitter yesterday, before speaking to ITV about the open letter.
She said: 'She was calling to thank myself and other women MP for standing with her and sending the open letter to say that we, as women in public office, absolutely understand what she is going through.
'Although in very different public roles, we stand with her in solidarity to say that we shouldn't be tearing down women in public life through the press or otherwise, so she was pleased to have seen that letter.'
She added that she was 'very concerned' about 'incredibly sexist' coverage of the Duchess.
'She is here, she has married our prince, they got a young son, we want to welcome her to our society and I am afraid not all of the articles in our national press reflect that, and it's time that stops,' she said.
Others who also put their name to the letter included Liberal Democrat MP Angela Smith and Conservative MP Tracey Crouch.
The letter, addressed to Meghan (above) said