meghan, the Duchess of SussexMeghan MarkleWilliams sisters' biopic takes Hollywood on a conservative turn Prince Harry: 'Megxit' a misogynistic term Democrats deploy a divisive duchess to lobby on paid leave MORE, says her push for paid family leave isn't political, calling it a "humanitarian" effort.

"Look, there's certainly a precedent amongst my husband's family and the royal family of not having any involvement in politics," the former "Suits" actor said Tuesday at The New York Times's DealBook summit, when asked if she had any "anxiety" about getting involved in politics.

"I mean paid leave, from my standpoint, is just a humanitarian issue," Meghan said.


"I think this is one of those issues that is not red or blue," she added.

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"We have a 5-month-old baby, so it's a really sensitive one for us," Meghan said of the issue. "We have the luxury of being able to have had that time — not just for moms, right, but for fathers as well — to be with our newborn."

"I think if this entire country, if we valued American families in that way as we should, it sets us up for economic growth and success, but it also just really allows people to have that very sacred time as a family."

While members of the British royal family are expected to maintain political neutrality, Meghan and her husband stepped away from their duties as full-time working members and moved back to her home state of California last year.


When questioned by the Times's Andrew Ross Sorkin why, as someone who has "great privilege," she chose to tackle paid leave, Meghan, 40, replied, "My husband has always said, with great privilege comes great responsibility."

"But even before I had any sort of privilege in my life — when my life and my lifestyle were very, very different — I always just stood up for what was right."

The activist formerly known as Meghan MarkleMeghan MarkleWilliams sisters' biopic takes Hollywood on a conservative turn Prince Harry: 'Megxit' a misogynistic term Democrats deploy a divisive duchess to lobby on paid leave MORE, in her talk alongside Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson, also weighed in on "ambition" becoming a "trigger word" to depict women in a negative light.

"You think why is it culturally we are equipping girls and women to think that if you are ambitious there's something negative about that, whereas if a boy is described that way or if a man certainly is described as ambitious, that's an incredibly positive thing culturally?" Meghan said. "But I don't know how we end up changing that."

Meghan also addressed being the center of tabloid fodder, quipping that the publications should include a cautionary message.

"I would urge you not to read tabloids," she told Sorkin, "because I don't think that's healthy for anyone."

"Hopefully one day they come with a warning label, like cigarettes do, like 'This is toxic for your mental health.'"