Queen Elizabeth II offered advice to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on being a leader and a new mother
London – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the late Queen Elizabeth II gave her some great advice on how to lead the country as a new mother. Ardern, who had a child while in office, met the Queen in 2018, when she was pregnant.
“One thing on my mind, along with being the new prime minister, was being a prime minister and a mother, and when you think of the leaders who have been in that position, there was Benazir Bhutto. There was the Queen. There was very little to see,” Ardern told CBS News partner network BBC News on Sunday.
“So I said [Queen Elizabeth II], ‘How did you manage?’ And I remember he just said, ‘Okay, you just go with it.’ And that was actually probably the best and most realistic advice I could have received,” Ardern said.
Ardern gave birth to her daughter in June 2018, shortly after becoming New Zealand’s leader.
Queen Elizabeth gave birth to two of her four children, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, while she was monarch.
Ardern met the Queen when she gave a lie in state at Westminster Hall at the weekend.
“I see now what it takes to be a mother and a leader — and she did it a lot more than I did,” Ardern said.