Though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not bring baby Archie with them to England as they complete their final engagements as working members of the royal family, the proud mom reportedly shared an exciting new update at her surprise visit to the Dagenhan area of London on Friday, March 6.
To mark International Women’s Day, Markle visited the Robert Clack Upper School to celebrate the women who fought for equal pay in Britain 50 years ago. “That monumental moment began with one courageous and inspiring group of women in a factory in Dagenham, England,” a new post on the Sussex Royal Instagram account explained. “In 1968, facing a pay settlement that declared them less skilled than men, the sewing machinists of the Ford Motor Company walked out on strike.”
One of the original Dagenham girls who went on strike for equal pay, Geraldine Dear, revealed that Markle gave her an update on baby Archie during the appearance. “I just had to ask her about the baby,” Dear reportedly told the Daily Mail. ”She said to me, ‘He’s exactly 10 months today and he’s started trying to walk.’”
Markle reportedly also told a student that having Archie “changed her life.” The infant—whose full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor—was born on May 6, 2019.
The duchess had some more empowering words of wisdom to share with the school’s young students, telling them they’re all entitled to “speak up for what is right.”
“When we thought about what I wanted to do for International Women’s Day this year, for me it was incredibly important to be with the women of our future,” Markle began her impassioned speech. “And that is all of you young women here as well as you young men who play a very large part in this.”
“No matter how small you might feel, how low you may feel on the ladder or the totem pole, no matter what color you are, no matter what gender you are—you have a voice, and you certainly have the right to speak up for what is right,” she continued.
Markle also urged the young men in the room to “protect” and “value” the women in their lives every day.
“You have your mothers, sisters, girlfriends in your life. Protect them. Make sure they are feeling valued and safe,” she said. “Let’s all just rally together to make International Women’s Day something that’s not just on Sunday but frankly feels like every day of the year.”
Originally Appeared on Glamour