Several news outlets including People and Newsweek report that the Duchess of Sussex voted in the 2020 election. On November 3, incumbent US president Donald Trump and democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden went head-to-head in the polls as US voters cast their ballots.
The 39-year-old, who was born in the US, is reportedly the only member of the royal family to vote in the election, as it’s unknown if the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, ever voted. Markle’s representatives have not confirmed the reports.
In September, Meghan and Harry spoke about the importance of voting during ABC's 'TIME 100 special'.
While Harry noted that he’s ‘not going to be able to vote here in the US’ and has not ‘been able to vote in the UK my entire life’ due to members of the royal family maintaining political neutrality, his wife shared her stance on voting in the US election.
“It’s time to not only reflect, but act.” This #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, join #Time100 alumni Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in taking action for the future. pic.twitter.com/JerXHxiZK3
— ABC (@ABCNetwork) September 23, 2020
She said: ‘We're just six weeks out from Election Day, and today is National Voter Registration Day. Every four years, we are told the same thing, that "This is the most important election of our lifetime." But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter. Because you do. And you deserve to be heard.’
Markle’s comments came after feminist activist Gloria Steinem revealed to Access Hollywood that she and the royal cold-called members of the public to talk to them about the election.
Speaking about their meeting in the summer, Steinem recalled: ‘The first thing we did... the reason 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…are you going vote?” That was her initiative.’
Earlier this year, Markle also gave a rare statement, expressing her personal views on the right to vote.
'I know what it's like to have a voice, and also what it's like to feel voiceless,’ she told Marie Claire as part of the publication’s '100 Influential Women on Why They’re Voting in the 2020 Election'.
‘I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard. And the opportunity, that fundamental right, is in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to make all of our voices heard. One of my favourite quotes, and one that my husband and I have referred to often, is from Kate Sheppard, a leader in the suffragist movement in New Zealand, who said, "Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops." That's why I vote.’
ELLE UK has reached out to the Duchess of Sussex’s representatives for comment.
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