Meghan Markle’s powerful message to daughter Lilibet before she was born - and it flips fairytales on their head

The Duchess of Sussex gave fans a glimpse into her parenting style even before she became a mother

Meghan Markle
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Meghan Markle shared a powerful message to her future daughter Lilibet long before she was born and it totally flips fairytales on their head.

The Duchess of Sussex had been giving motivational speeches to empower women long before she met Prince Harry in 2016 and the former Suits actress even gave fans an insight into her parenting style before she even knew she was going to be a mum.

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Meghan used to share snippets of information about her life on her online lifestyle blog The Tig and there's one post that is set to change the way parents view their daughters and the way they raise them.

The Instagram post, dated from April 2016, is a quote and it reads, "Teach your daughters to worry less about fitting into glass slippers and more about shattering glass ceilings."

To which Meghan simply captioned, "Cheers to that! Happy Saturday."

Meghan Markle giving a speech at smartworks

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The quote subtly references the fairytale Cinderella, the popular childhood tale features Cinderella's ugly sisters trying to squeeze their feet into the glass slipper found by the Prince on the night of the ball. And the post also emphasises the importance of girl power, especially in the workforce. 

And no doubt now that she has a daughter Lilibet, two, and son Archie, four, with husband Prince Harry, her parenting values will be instilled into their children.

And in a subsequent piece she wrote for Elle magazine in 2016, Meghan readdressed the message she wanted to deliver using her fame.

It reads, "With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility – to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings. And, if I'm lucky enough, to inspire."

And we're sure Princess Lilibet, who is set to become the 'most famous' US celebrity, will do her mum proud.

In other royal news, King Charles reveals his hopes that granddaughter Princess Charlotte will ‘look after him’ when he is ‘very old’ and Prince William has a strict eating habit he’s inherited from his father King Charles, but we’d have to cave.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life and has more than 16 years of experience in newspapers, magazines and online. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings and reality show line-ups including Strictly, Dancing On Ice and The Great British Bake Off, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.