Meghan Markle’s political ambitions

Meghan Markle did not replace Dianne Feinstein in the Senate despite media speculation – raising questions about whether she will play a role in the 2024 election.

The Duchess of Sussex came out forcefully in the first months of her post-royal life in 2020 to urge Americans to vote in words that seemed to reflect thinly veiled opposition to Donald Trump.

Since then, the very idea of ​​Meghan as a politician has electrified public debate with speculation ranging from a presidential run to a spot in the Senate.

Meghan has never publicly stated her intention to run for elected office, but has campaigned for Paid Leave for All, suggesting she has at least one eye on a behind-the-scenes political role.

Options for 2024 could therefore range from a repeat of her 2020 open campaign to increase women’s voter turnout to behind-the-scenes lobbying for Biden to an attempt to permanently retain Dianne Feinstein’s former Senate seat.

However, all options could cause major problems, and opinions are divided about how Meghan would deal with the American people.

Meghan Markle with American flags
Meghan Markle is surrounded by American flags as she cheers on the United States in the wheelchair basketball final at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, Germany, September 13, 2023. She will have to make a decision about whether to take part in the 2024 Games.
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How politics could affect Meghan

Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, said Newsweek The first question would be whether Meghan would be willing to anger Republicans.

“She needs to decide what her goals are for her future,” he said. “Is she interested in reaching the widest possible audience with her brand and being inclusive, or is she interested in alienating 50 percent of Americans by taking a position that changes the way people view her?”

“If you choose to support a presidential candidate and you are a prominent figure, you risk alienating a portion of your base that is deeply emotionally invested in the other side.”

“There is a Trump base that is more engaged than ever before, and if Meghan commits to it, she will ensure pariah status among those who see her as a Biden supporter.”

However, there may be a reason for Meghan to throw caution to the wind, as she is already far less popular with Republicans.

Harry and Meghan had a unifying status in America and enjoyed popularity on both sides of the political divide, but then their fortunes fell in January during the backlash against the prince’s book Spare partand now they have rebounded with the Democrats, but not with the Republicans.

A survey by Redfield & Wilton for Newsweek in September showed that 25 percent of those who voted for Trump in 2020 had a positive opinion of her, compared to 45 percent who had a negative opinion. This means she has a net approval rating of -20 among Republicans.

Meanwhile, 41 percent of Biden voters in 2020 had a positive view of her, compared to 24 percent who had a negative view, for a net rating of +17. That means the difference in attitudes between Republicans and Democrats toward Meghan is 37 points.

There is also the question of whether Meghan would have to lose her royal titles.

Senator Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex?

Any move into politics, even informally, would trigger calls from conservatives to strip her of her royal titles.

She is often referred to as Meghan Markle in the media, including by NewsweekTechnically, she no longer has that last name and is officially called Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

When she campaigned for higher voter turnout in the 2020 presidential election and called for “the change we all need and deserve,” Meghan provoked exactly such demands.

Nile Gardiner is director of the Thatcher Center for Freedom at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, which is pushing for the release of Prince Harry’s visa records related to his drug admissions.

“It is wrong for the Duchess of Sussex to engage in political activity in the United States,” he said Newsweek. “She is a member of the royal family, she has a royal title.

Prince Harry with Joe and Jill Biden
Joe Biden, Jill Biden and Prince Harry during the 2017 Invictus Games at the Mattamy Athletic Center in Toronto, Canada on September 30, 2017. Some are speculating whether Meghan Markle will enter US politics.
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“She is not a working royal, but she has the title of Duchess of Sussex, and in my opinion she should give up that title if she starts getting involved in politics or it should be removed from the royal family.”

“In any case, calls for her title to be revoked will grow louder if she decides to campaign for Joe Biden or congressional candidates. She should not engage in any political activity as queen.”

And if Harry were to get involved and speak out on his wife’s behalf, he too could come under pressure to give up not only his title as Duke of Sussex, but also the title of “Prince,” which he has held since birth.

“She is, of course, a U.S. citizen,” Garinder said, “and as a royal she has certain responsibilities, but of course it would be absolutely outrageous if Prince Harry were to interfere in U.S. political affairs. If he ever did, of course.”, he should also be stripped of his title.

Meghan’s children also include Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, suggesting any mention during the campaign could also provoke a strong reaction.

Of course, Meghan and Harry could simply ignore the backlash and bet that King Charles III.

And Schiffer felt Meghan’s status as a duchess wouldn’t necessarily deter Americans.

“Americans will not be prejudiced by titles,” he said. “They will look for confidence and likability and whether she truly supports and fights for the important issues.”

“We know Megan has a long track record of fighting for the environment and for mental health, for young people and for equality, and if these issues are on the ballot she would be an interesting candidate.”

Meghan’s family and Harry’s scandals

A run for office would also pit Meghan against a Republican rival, giving her political counterpart public interest vindication and prompting conservative-leaning commentators and media outlets to revisit a litany of past scandals.

Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Markle’s Twitter accounts suggest she is a Trump supporter and has previously been interviewed on Fox News. So Meghan could confidently rely on a series of interviews if she were to become the Democratic candidate.

And the archives of Twitter and TikTok are already full of conspiracy-laden videos analyzing Meghan and Harry’s body language during royal visits and portraying the duchess as controlling her prince.

Then there are Harry’s previous scandals, from the photo of him dressed as a Nazi to video footage of him using a racist slur to describe a Pakistani officer cadet during his time at Sandhurst Military Academy.

Add to that the audio recording in which he describes the memory of his mother wafting back to him as he applied her mother’s lip cream to his frozen penis, and there’s plenty of material that a Republican rival could use as fodder for a social gathering Get-together can use media attack campaign.

Will Meghan get into politics?

Schiffer thought Meghan could have a future in politics, but felt she needed to establish herself at a lower level before reaching the top of the Senate.

“Meghan definitely has the potential, yes,” he said. “Given her popularity with Democrats and her name, with the right work in the constituency she is in, I could absolutely see her being successful if the right team supports her.”

“It’s less likely at a national level, but more likely at a regional or local level. The challenge with her is that she doesn’t take the bonafides seriously.”

“So it would benefit her to play a smaller role, probably in a capacity where she demonstrates her skills for the government before moving to a statewide level. But nationwide with the right bonafides? That is possible.”

“But we don’t know how she would perform in the election campaign, how she would behave as a government representative, and those are big questions.”

Gardiner was less convinced: “The idea of ​​Meghan Markle becoming a US senator is just absolutely ridiculous. She has no qualifications for the job and the speculation that she would run for U.S. Senate and actually get selected and run is just ridiculous.” idea.

“She has never shown that she is capable of actually carrying out this role. There is absolutely no justification for her being the candidate.”

“If Meghan Markle were politically active,” he continued, “and got involved in politics as a candidate or activist, I expect she would be extremely unpopular with conservative voters.”

“I think there would be a strong backlash from the American public because she is a very unpopular figure and would be extremely unpopular as a political figure.”

Jack Royston is chief royal correspondent for Newsweek, based in London. You can find him on Twitter at @jack_royston and continue reading his stories Newsweek‘S The Royals’ Facebook page.

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Rick Schindler

Rick Schindler is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Rick Schindler joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: RickSchindler@worldtimetodays.com.

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