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Michelle Obama's advice for how Duchess Meghan can 'maximize her impact'

Michelle Obama knows firsthand how to deal with public pressure in your quest to make an impact — she spent eight years in the White House as first lady, after all.

And although politics and royal life share some differences, the former FLOTUS offered some pretty solid advice for Duchess Meghan, who wed Prince Harry in May.

“Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she’d have a life like this, and the pressure you feel — from yourself and from others — can sometimes feel like a lot,” Obama said in an interview with Good Housekeeping. "So my biggest piece of advice would be to take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything."

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Obama, who kicked off a book tour in November for her memoir "Becoming," also shared  with the new royal and mom-to-be what she learned during her first months in the White House.

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"I spent the first few months in the White House mainly worrying about my daughters, making sure they were off to a good start at school and making new friends before I launched into any more ambitious work," she continued. "I think it’s OK — it’s good, even — to do that."          

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Obama also revealed how the Duchess of Sussex could "maximize her impact," advising Meghan to prioritize using her platform as a way to affect the people and causes that are near and dear to her heart.          

“What I’d say is that there’s so much opportunity to do good with a platform like that — and I think Meghan can maximize her impact for others, as well her own happiness, if she’s doing something that resonates with her personally,” Obama said.

Meghan, who is expecting her first child in the spring, has already lent her name to one cause near and dear to her: She wrote the foreword to a charity cookbook by women displaced by the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire who began preparing meals together at the Hubb Community Kitchen. The proceeds helped refurbish the facility and allow it to be open seven days of the week.

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