Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have formerly stepped down as senior royals and settled into their new Santa Barbara mansion, the Duchess of Sussex is ready to dive head-first into American politics.
According to Gloria Steinem, when she and Meghan had their backyard chat in August the pair finished off their conversation by calling up a few lucky members of the U.S. electorate. The feminist icon told Access Hollywood that Meghan “came home to vote. The first thing we did, and why she came to see me, was we sat at the dining room table where I am right now and cold-called voters and said ‘Hello, I’m Meg’ and ‘Hello, I’m Gloria’ and ‘Are you going to vote?’ That was her initiative.” Steinem added that while she has the princess “stereotype hanging over her head,” the Duchess is “herself, smart, authentic, funny, [and] political.”
During her casual conversation with the activist last month, Meghan also expressed her enthusiasm over Kamala Harris’s vice-presidential nomination. “I’m so excited to see that kind of representation,” the duchess said at the time. “You know, for me, being biracial growing up, whether it was a doll or a person in office, you need to see someone who looks like you in some capacity. As many of us believe, you can only be what you can see. And in the absence of that, how can you aspire to something greater than what you see in your own world? I think maybe now we’re starting to break through in a different way.”
Sources close to the Duchess have told Vanity Fair that while she’s faced criticism for getting into politics, even from a non-partisan stance, she intends to continue speaking publicly about the election in order to raise awareness while remaining politically neutral. Meghan has refrained from explicitly naming who she’ll be voting for in November, but it’s clear there’s no love lost between herself and Donald Trump.
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