Meghan Markle announced that she voted in the 2020 US presidential election this November, an unprecedented choice for members of the British royal family.
The Duchess of Sussex explained her decision to vote in the upcoming elections in a statement to Marie Claire.
Markle, 39, was among 100 women including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Meghan McCain, Chelsea Handler, Oprah Winfrey and others who told the point of sale why they are voting.
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“I know what it’s like to have a voice and what it’s like to feel voiceless,” the Duchess of Sussex told the point of sale. “I also know that so many men and women risked their lives so that we could be heard. And this opportunity, this fundamental right, lies in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to have all of our voices heard.”
She added, “One of my favorite quotes and one my husband has [Prince Harry] and I have pointed it out many times is from Kate Sheppard, a suffragist leader in New Zealand, who said, “Don’t think your one voice doesn’t matter much. The rain that refreshes the parched ground consists of individual drops. ‘That’s why I’m voting. “
Markle’s voting decision comes months after she and Prince Harry announced they were “stepping down” as senior members of the royal family.
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The couple later moved to Los Angeles, California, where former star “Suits” was born.
Traditionally, British kings do not vote in elections and “The queen must remain strictly neutral in political matters,” according to the monarch’s website. However, according to People magazine, there is no law that prohibits this.
Markle did not specify who she would vote for, but was previously a critic of President Trump before his 2016 election victory.
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The native LA-American called him in 2016 on the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore “divisive” and “misogynist” and suggested that she cast her vote for the then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.