Meghan Markle and Prince Harry said they have been grateful for outdoor space through the coronavirus pandemic where Archie could walk his first steps.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined three Californian high school students on an episode of their podcast Teenager Therapy and discussed topics including mental health stigma, self-care and online abuse.
Meghan described the last few months as “layered” for everyone but she said they are fortunate to have a roof over their head.
Harry said they’d “felt incredibly grateful and fortunate to be able to have outdoor space where our son can walk his first steps.”
He added: “Outdoor space where he can just have enough space to run and move around. It’s a huge blessing.”
The couple also revealed little Archie’s love for birds as they spoke on the podcast.
Meghan said: “The past few months have been layered for everyone, we certainly can’t complain, we are fortunate we all have our health, we have roofs over our heads.”
Harry added: “The unique part of our work is whatever you’re going through and whatever other people are going through, it’s all relative to that environment that they’re in.
“For the majority of people I’ve spoken to in London, or in the UK, have been stuck in high-rise blocks of flats, unable to see any open grass or open green space.
“We’ve felt incredibly grateful and fortunate to be able to have outdoor space where our son can walk his first steps. Outdoor space where he can just have enough space to run and move around. It’s a huge blessing.
“It reminds me of how many people are stacked on top of each other and have been for month after month after month after month, and what that must do to people’s mental health.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke about “almost unsurvivable” online abuse while appearing on the podcast to mark World Mental Health Day.
Meghan said the Covid-19 pandemic, which has closed schools around the world, has meant more time online for many.
She told hosts Gael, Kayla, and Thomas: “Yes, it’s a great way to connect, but it also ends up being a place where there’s a lot of disconnection, you know, I can speak personally to.
“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female. Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible, I was on maternity leave or with a baby.
“But what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable, that’s so big, you can’t think of what that feels like, because I don’t care if you’re 15 or 25, if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.”