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The duchess drew on her own family experiences to bolster the case, writing: ‘I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler […] but what I do remember was the feeling: I knew how hard my parents worked to afford this because even at five bucks, eating out was something special, and I felt lucky.’ She also touched upon her work at a frozen yoghurt shop, waiting tables at restaurants and babysitting to ‘cover odds and ends’.

Meghan also delved into her recent experiences, giving birth to second child, Lilibet. She writes that: ‘Like any parents, we were overjoyed. Like any parents, we were overwhelmed.’ She spoke of the ‘sacred’ importance of being able to take Lilibet home after her birth and devote ‘any and everything to our kids and to our family’. Underlining the point further, she said: ‘No family should have to choose between earning a living and having the freedom to take care of their child.’

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For context, the US, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, is one of the only top economies that does not guarantee paid sick leave or maternity or paternity pay. Historically, such decisions have been left for private businesses to decide whether or not employees are offered such benefits. Reportedly approximately one quarter of American firms offer paid leave programmes.

In April, President Joe Biden proposed a £163 billion package of worker benefits that would see paid parental leave brought in from 2023. Democrats are debating whether the provision will make it into President Biden’s huge social spending bill. If passed, workers could take up to 12 weeks of absence with their newborn while still receiving up to two thirds of their paypacket. According to the Times, it looks likely to include up to four weeks of paid family leave, substantially less than that 12 Biden originally proposed.

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