Meghan Markle Recalls An Emotional Exchange With Princess Lilibet

“I hung onto those words.”

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and daughter Princess Lilibet.
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Meghan Markle and Princess Lilibet seem to have an adorable bond. On May 10, the Duchess of Sussex stopped by a school in Abuja, Nigeria, with her husband, Prince Harry, where she recalled a sweet mother-daughter moment when speaking with students.

“Our daughter, Lili, she’s much, much tinier than you guys,” she began, according to People. “She’s about to turn three. And a few weeks ago, she looked at me, and she would just see the reflection in my eyes. And she [goes], ‘Mama, I see me in you.’”

The Duchess continued, “She was talking really literally. But I hung onto those words in a very different way. And I thought, yes, I do see me in you, and you see me in you. As I look around this room, I see myself in all of you as well.”

Prince Harry and Markle were invited to Nigeria by the country’s Chief of Defense Staff. Their visit to the school was among the first stops on a planned itinerary, and featured playing classroom games with students, such as “jump up, turn around.”

At the school, Markle revealed that “singing and dancing” are Lilibet’s “favorite class” at her own school because of “all the jumping around.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Andrew Esiebo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

While being introduced to the oldest student at the school, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also brought up their son, Prince Archie. “He turned five last week,” Markle said, sharing that Archie has a keen interest in construction.

Prince Harry’s Archie & Lilibet Update

The couple don’t give many updates about their children, but speaking to Good Morning America in February, Prince Harry was quizzed about life as a father. “I can’t tell you. That’s classified,” he joked, before clarifying that Archie and Lilibet are “doing great.”

“The kids are growing up like all kids do, very, very fast,” he said. “They’ve both got an incredible sense of humor and make us laugh and keep us grounded every single day, like most kids do. I’m just grateful to be a dad.”

He and Markle welcomed their first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, in May 2019. More than a year after stepping down from their positions as working royals in early 2020, the couple welcomed their daughter, Lilibet Diana, in June 2021.