Meghan Markle 'excited' to join voting couch party held by Michelle Obama's organisation

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex delivers a speech during a visit with the Duke of Sussex to the "Justice desk", an NGO in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, as they begin their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in South Africa on September 23, launching their first official family visit in the coastal city of Cape Town. The 10-day trip began with an education workshop in Nyanga, a township crippled by gang violence and crime that sits on the outskirts of the city. (Photo by Courtney AFRICA / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read COURTNEY AFRICA/AFP via Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, here in South Africa on an October 2019 tour, recently spoke about not being able to use her voice. (Getty Images)

Meghan Markle is “excited and honoured” to be a speaker at a virtual couch party on voting ahead of the US presidential election.

Meghan is to join the editor-in-chief of Glamour, as well as author and activist Yvette Nicola Brown and DJ Diamond Kuts, in a virtual event that will discuss what happens when women vote.

A source close to the duchess told Yahoo UK that Meghan was excited and honoured to be able to speak briefly at the event, which is being hosted online at 10pm BST.

The event is being organised by When We All Vote, which previously hosted a similar event with Michelle Obama, who is one of the organisation’s co-chairs.

When We All Vote is a non-partisan organisation that says it “is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap”.

Others who founded it alongside Obama include Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda and singer Faith Hill.

It comes as Meghan has been speaking out with more frequency as she and her husband Prince Harry form their new non-profit organisation Archewell.

She suggested she would be voting in the upcoming election, as she wrote in Marie Claire: “I know what it’s like to have a voice, and also what it’s like to feel voiceless.”

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In a virtual summit for news agency The 19th, she said: “My husband, for example. He’s never been able to vote, and I think it’s such an interesting thing to say that the right to vote is not a privilege, it’s a right in and of itself.”

In the same interview, she said: “When I have these conversations about encouraging people to go out and vote, I think it’s often challenging for men and women alike, certainly for people to remember just how hard to was for people to get the right to vote.”

Meghan also said she was excited by the changes coming in the US, adding she could use “my voice in a way that I haven’t been able to of late”.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex delivers a speech as she launches the Smart Works capsule collection on September 12, 2019 in London, England. Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews and return to employment. (Photo by Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan, here while as a senior royal in September 2019, has been speaking more about the importance of voting. (Getty Images)

Members of the Royal Family typically do not vote, although they are not banned from doing so. The Queen is politically neutral and it is generally not the case that royals interfere in political issues.

However, many have frequently offered support for issues such as equal voting rights.

Before she was a member of the Royal Family, Meghan was vocal in her dislike of Donald Trump.

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While this event is run by an organisation associated with a former Democrat First Lady, its aim is to encourage more people from all backgrounds to vote.

A press release from When We All Vote said: “Special guests at #CouchParty include Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, When We All Vote board chair and United State of Women co-chair Valerie Jarrett, Glamour Magazine editor-in-chief Samantha Barry and actress Yvette Nicole Brown. Volunteers will enjoy a live set from Philadelphia’s own DJ Diamond Kuts while texting eligible voters about registering to vote.”