- "It means a lot that my husband chose to come here with me. You always need a supportive spouse and we've always supported each other over the years," she said.
- "I have never been a diplomat, and this is the first time I have lived outside the United States and worked for the government. "
United States of America to Kenya Ambassador Meg Whitman has shared her career journey while incorporating her husband.
In an interview with TV47, US ambassador to Kenya said when she was posted to the country, her husband, Griffith Harsh IV, was 'game' to accompany her.
"My husband is a neurosurgeon, we have traded off each other's careers over time and we used to laugh that no sooner than one of us has had a career going than the other one had a different idea," she said.
"We used to say that we sabotaged each other's careers."
Whitman further revealed that her husband is currently on two National Institutes of Health grants in Kenya as a Neurosurgeon, working with a couple of hospitals in teaching residents.
"It means a lot that my husband chose to come here with me. You always need a supportive spouse and we've always supported each other over the years," she said.
She added that in their careers, sometimes she moved to other locations for her husband, and vice vasa, saying this time round, Harsh moved to support her.
"You never know, the next turn will be him moving, his turn."
Married for 42 years, the couple has been blessed with two children (males), aged 38 years and 35 years, and was married at the age of 23.
"We have three grandchildren, two boys and a girl. The eldest is 5 years. The good thing about grandchildren is you can always give them back, when they cry you give them back to their mum and dad, but they are so adorable," she said.
"The only thing I miss about being in Kenya is not seeing them, they are in New York. Being a grandmother is the best job in the world."
The two met through Whitman's sister, who had invited Harsh to the wedding, he, however, stood Whitman up.
"He called me the next day and apologised, but I gave him another chance because he is cute."
For over a year in her new role in Kenya, Whitman says she and her husband have hiked all the seven Ngong hills together and hope to hike more. She notes that she has visited 21 counties since August 1, 2022.
"We have hiked Mount Longonot which was really fun, we have gone to the Mara, and we love to walk and hike. I have never been a diplomat, and this is the first time I have lived outside the United States and worked for the government. "