Meghan Markle: US political views 'not cared about' says Smith
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry strongly encouraged US citizens to vote in the 2020 Presidential election. Graham Smith, the CEO of Republic, told Express.co.uk that despite their outspokenness, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s intervention did not make the slightest difference in Donald Trump’s defeat to Joe Biden.
Republic is an organisation that campaigns for the abolishment of the monarchy and for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by an elected, democratic head of state.
Mr Smith said: “I don’t think it made the slightest bit of difference.
“I think there is an issue that Harry and Meghan are still Duke and Duchess and attached to the Royal Family even though they are not so-called working royals.
“They are expected to be out of politics.
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“I think that they need to have a very clear break and they need to lose all the titles and the status connected to the Royal Family.
“Then they will be private citizens and they can do what they want.
“I really don’t think anyone cares what they think about US politics.”
However, this view was strongly criticised by royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.
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Mr Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “I think Harry and Meghan will undoubtedly keep their royal titles which are in the gift of the Queen, though not use the HRH as agreed.
“It is important to remember that Harry is 6th in line to the throne.
“It is because they are royal that they are in such demand as is clear and it is important to remember Harry’s charitable activities such as founding the Invictus Games and also Sentebale and his work to help those who suffer from mental illness which show how important royal charity work is.
“Meghan is, of course, an American citizen. To call for everyone to vote was not entering the arena of party politics. We know her views on Donald Trump which she gave in an interview before her engagement.”
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He added: “When the pandemic permits, Harry and Meghan plan to launch Archewell, their non-profit charitable organization, which will champion causes they believe in, such as diversity, gender equality, the environment and helping those suffering from mental illness, which should be applauded.
“They have, as is evident from their deals with Netflix and Spotify, enormous appeal and a worldwide reach.
“Clearly there are boundaries which they ought not to cross and this matter will be looked into when the agreement made with the Queen at Sandringham is reassessed before the end of March next year.
“If they were not royal, the interest in them would be minimal and this is simply a fact of life.”
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