The Duchess of Sussex has been cold-calling Americans to ask them to vote, Gloria Steinem has revealed.
Meghan Markle, 39, has become increasingly politically active in the last few months while living in her $14 million mansion with Prince Harry, 36, and their son Archie, one, having stepped back from royal duty in March of this year.
Last month, the Duchess joined the Democrat campaigner Gloria Steinem for a ‘backyard chat’ in which they discussed a range of issues, including voter suppression, women’s rights, and the importance of representation.
And now the 86-year-old has revealed Meghan is even cold-calling US voters to encourage them to get out to the polls, telling Access Hollywood: ‘She 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 we cold-called voters.
‘Said ‘hello I’m Meg’ and ‘hello I’m Gloria’ and ‘are you going to vote?’ That was her initiative.”
She went on to say that Meghan had the princess ‘stereotype hanging over her head’.
Affectionately calling the Duchess ‘Meg’, she added that she is ‘smart’ and ‘political.’
The importance of voting, and women’s rights, are topics that Meghan has become well versed on, having herself spoken out at great length about the significance of the upcoming election as she moves to become more politically active in the wake of her stepping down as a senior royal.
Over the past few weeks, the Duchess has taken part in multiple interviews and summits – having reportedly grown ‘frustrated’ at her inability to get involved in politics while she was working as a senior royal.
Last month, she joined Gloria for a ‘backyard chat’ in which she made it incredibly clear who she plans to vote for come November, expressing her excitement at seeing a woman of color on the Democratic ticket – Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris – and explaining that the nomination was particularly meaningful to her because she is biracial.
‘I’m so excited to see that kind of representation,’ she said. ‘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.’
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