It's new for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to talk politics; as former working members of the British royal family, it was part of their duty to remain publicly apolitical. But in a new video created for the TIME 100, a list created by TIME magazine to honour the world’s most influential people, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex urged US citizens to vote - and made their thoughts on the upcoming presidential election subtly known.
Meghan and Harry feature in the video, which has been shared by TIME on Twitter, sitting on a bench in the back garden of their Santa Barbara home. The couple start by thanking the magazine for including them on such a prestigious list, before discussing how online content can be damaging, and it's this that leads them on to the subject of politics. And then the couple proceed to make their thoughts on a certain President, Donald Trump, subtly known.
"Every four years we are told the same thing: that this is the most important election of our lifetime," Meghan Markle says down the camera. She then pauses for effect, before adding: "But this one is."
What the Duchess is getting at, it seems, is her perceived urgency to oust Donald Trump from the White House, and simultaneously from his control of the US' future.
“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
But it's not just Meghan who alludes to a distaste of Trump; rounding the video off to a conclusion, Harry explains how important it is that the election is used to "reject hate speech and misinformation." It's not exactly far outside the bounds of probability to presume that the Prince is trying to infer the current President could be accused of perpetuating such damaging things.
"As we approach this November, it's vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity," Harry's full plea states.
Of course, neither Meghan nor Harry actually mention the President by name, or outwardly share their political opposition to him. That would perhaps be a step too far outside the royal protocol they've been bound by for so many years, so soon. But in a previous video, Meghan Markle did allude to supporting Trump's opposition, Joe Biden, in the upcoming election.
Speaking to feminist icon and writer, Gloria Steinem in a video facilitated by MAKERS, an organisation which exists to accelerate the women’s movement, the Duchess of Sussex said she was "so excited" to see Kamala Harris, a fellow biracial woman, chosen by Joe Biden as his running mate for the 2020 election.
So take that one however you like...
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