Meghan Markle shock: Duchess joins Michelle Obama for new US election project

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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has made an extraordinary move by being involved in the group as even junior royals are expected to avoid accusations of political interference. Prince Harry and the Duchess stepped down as senior royals earlier this year, but the Duke of Sussex still remains in the line of succession.

But one of the main reasons the Sussexes chose to step down was so they could give themselves more freedom.

The group, When We All Vote, has called itself nonpartisan and aims to decrease the race and age gap in voter participation.

The organisation hopes to get 300,000 eligible women voters in a “Coach Party” over a virtual call.

The Duchess will participate in the call together with Mr Obama’s former White House senior adviser Valerie Jarett, actress Yvette Nicole Brown and Glamour magazine’s editor Samantha Barry.

The group is organising a “Week of Action” which highlights the role that women of colour have played in securing the rights for women to vote.

A hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment passed by Congress granted all American women the right to vote.

When We All Vote said: “Our speakers all share our passion for every woman being able to make her voice heard in our elections, and we know they will get our volunteers fired up to join our mission of increasing participation in every election.”

The Duchess has previously commented on political matters.

In 2016, when Donald Trump was running for president, the Duchess described him as “divisive” and misogynistic”.

But after marrying Prince Harry in 2018 and becoming a royal, she stopped expressing her political views.

Earlier this month the Duchess said she is planning on voting in the November presidential election.

Since the royal split, the Duchess has spoken about various issues which touch on politics.

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In June, while speaking to the graduating class of her former high school, she gave a personal message following the death of George Floyd.

The Duchess described what was happening in the US as “absolutely devastating”.

She spoke about how she felt compelled to address the impact of Mr Floyd’s death during the virtual speech.

The Duchess said she was “really nervous” about speaking on the issue.

But she realised that “the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing”.

She said: “George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered, and Tamir Rice’s life mattered.”

She also referred to the lives of “so many other people” whose names we do not know.

The Duchess said students should have an understanding of the experience “as a history lesson, not as your reality”.

She went on to highlight how people “stand in solidarity” despite the race riots which took place in America.

She said: “We are seeing communities come together and to uplift. You are going to be part of this movement.”

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