- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke to Malala Yousafzai on International Day of the Girl Child.
- During the live chat they spoke about the barriers preventing young girls from getting an education.
- "When young girls have access to education everyone wins and everyone succeeds. It just opens the door for societal success at the highest level," Meghan said.
- The couple also revealed that while the pandemic has brought everything to a halt, it has allowed them to spend more time with Archie - even witnessing all his first!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined Malala Yousafzai for a virtual chat on Sunday to mark International Day of the Girl Child.
For the live chat, Harry and Meghan spoke to the activist for female education about the barriers preventing young girls from going to school.
"When young girls have access to education everyone wins and everyone succeeds. It just opens the door for societal success at the highest level," Meghan said, before going on to talk about the impact of the pandemic on education.
"It's not just robbing a society of the cultural richness that comes with educating young girls," she said. "It's also robbing these young girls of childhood."
Meghan added: "What I had realised very early on was that when women have a seat at the table, conversations in terms of policy change, conversations in terms of legislation and the dynamics of the community are all shifted. And when you have to see how you get a woman to embrace her voice, you have to start with where she is a young girl."
Prince Harry also said of the impact young girls can have on climate change: "The importance of girls' education to help defer climate change is absolutely critical, which makes you less susceptible to disaster."
"So much is at stake when we don't give a young woman the opportunity to learn and to get an education," Meghan continued.
Harry and Meghan went on to explain that while the pandemic has undoubtedly brought everything to a halt, they've loved being able to spend time with one-year-old Archie during lockdown.
"How are you spending your time in Covid?" Malala asked, to which they both joked: "On Zoom."
Harry added though of being around Archie: "We were both there for his first steps. His first run, his first fall, his first everything."
Meghan said: "In so many ways we are fortunate to be able to have this time to watch him grow, and in the absence of Covid, we would be travelling and working more externally. We'd miss a lot of those moments."
Malala wished Harry and Meghan well and sent her love to Archie before she said goodbye. "I'm shortsighted, so I can't see the screen clearly. So I'm going to wear my glasses so I can see the screen clearly. I don't know if Archie can talk yet, but all my best wishes and love and kisses to him," she said.