We all make certain compromises in relationships. However, the vast majority of women don’t give up their careers, their homes, their hobbies, and their political convictions when they get married.
That’s what Meghan had to sacrifice to be with Harry. Now, to be fair, she also got a huge boost in status, as well as a much bigger stage for non-political charity work. It’s a trade-off that she made willingly–but perhaps she regretted the decision more than we knew.
Politics and Royals
Members of the British royal family don’t dabble in politics, ever. They are completely neutral with no partisan bias. In theory, anyway. Meghan, however, is clearly not neutral about the upcoming US election.
Lately, she’s been speaking out about the importance of voting. That’s something she could never have done as a working royal. The Queen does not vote. She technically can, but it’s a matter of tradition and protocol.
“Although not prohibited by law,” the U.K. parliament website says, “it is considered unconstitutional for the Monarch to vote in an election.”
Many of the more conservative royal journalists and biographers have condemned Meghan’s political streak. Piers Morgan, among others, called for her to be stripped of the “Duchess of Sussex” title entirely after Meghan encouraged people to vote in the election.
Meghan ‘Came Home to Vote’
According to Gloria Steinem, who recently sat down with Meghan for a video about voting rights, politics was a major motivator for the duchess. Steinem says that Meghan, “came home to vote.”
Steinem told Access:
Meg is herself, smart, authentic, funny, political. She came home to vote.
And the first thing we did and why she came to see me was we sat at the dining room table here—where I am right now—and cold-called voters. And said, ‘Hello, I’m Meg,’ and, ‘Hello, I’m Gloria,’ and, ‘Are you going to vote?’ That was her initiative.
Meghan has not made her political persuasion a secret. She gushed about Democratic VP pick Kamala Harris in the video with Steinem.
“I’m so excited to see that kind of representation. 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,” said Meghan.
Meghan also spoke out after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She penned a tribute to the late Ginsburg in which she encouraged people to “[h]onor her, remember her, act for her.”