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Could we see a foray from Meghan Markle into American politics?
The Duchess of Sussex’s possible interest in running for office now that she is no longer an active cabinet member has been widely discussed by commentators and royal watchers over the past few years. Meghan has so far remained tight-lipped on the matter and has never publicly expressed a desire to delve into politics.
Nonetheless, she has sparked interest in whether she could pursue a political career by taking a stand on issues considered politically charged, such as support for paid parental leave in all 50 states and voicing her concerns following the decision of the Supreme Court to overturn the Roe v Wade decision, which since 1973 had granted the right to abortion across the United States.
Brand and reputation management expert Eric Schiffer discussed the possibility of Meghan taking up an office position in the United States.
The California-based expert told Express.co.uk: ‘The reality is that his chances of taking any kind of serious position today are the same as the Crown choosing to give Harry and Meghan back a full access to the royal palace.
“It’s just not on the cards.”
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However, he added, Meghan is “building a base” at the moment through her activism and charity work focused on women’s empowerment, gender equality and racial equity.
This growing support and the “work she does with young people”, the expert said, “positions Meghan well” for a political career “over the next 20 years”.
Mr Schiffer then referred to Prince Harry’s speech at the UN in July, during which the Duke of Sussex appeared to criticize the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion rights.
Comparing Meghan and Harry’s decision to speak out on this cause close to their hearts, the expert added: “The issue of abortion is much more believable coming from her.”
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Meghan Markle spoke about voter registration in the United States during the summer of 2020
Meghan has remained strictly politically neutral during her tenure as an active cabinet member, as required by royal protocol.
After stepping down from that role in the spring of 2020 alongside her husband, the Duchess began to speak openly about voter registration and voting rights in the United States.
She joined feminist Gloria Steinem in the summer of 2020 to cold-call Americans and urge them to vote in the November 2020 presidential election.
Along with Harry, Meghan also sat down to film a video for Time 100 weeks before the vote, calling the upcoming election “the most important of our lives”.
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Prince Harry also spoke about the vote and, after acknowledging that he had never voted in the UK given his position in British society, he asked Americans to “reject hate speech, misinformation and negativity online”.
In November 2021, it emerged Meghan had cold-called US senators while posing as the Duchess of Sussex to push for paid parental leave.
Most recently, the Duchess spoke about abortion rights and her battle to see the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified in a joint interview with Ms Steinem.
Responding to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade and while discussing who might be affected next by a similar ruling by the court’s judges, Meghan told Vogue: “It feels like the tip of the iceberg and is part of why people feel so scared.
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“We have to channel that fear into action. We can start this November halfway through.
“I know hearing this sounds so repetitive, but we have to vote, every time, from local elections to state and national elections.”
The Duchess also said she “felt energized and motivated” after returning to California and was ready to fight for the ratification of the ERA, an amendment proposal aimed at guaranteeing the equal legal rights to all American citizens, regardless of gender.
After Ms Steinem added ‘we should be lobbying the White House and Congress’ to ratify this proposed amendment, Meghan said: ‘Well Gloria, it looks like maybe you and I are going to take a trip to DC together.”
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A recent Democracy Institute/Express.co.uk tracking poll suggested Meghan could be an acceptable candidate for Democrats if she decides to run for office soon.
The analysis showed that respondents selected Meghan as the second most popular choice among women to run for the party in the 2024 presidential election.
The poll, which surveyed 1,500 likely US voters between August 2 and 4, saw 41% of voters name Michelle Obama as the person who should face Donald Trump, if he decides to run for president again, within two years. the time of year.
Mrs. Obama was followed, at 19%, by Meghan, followed by Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in third place with 14%.