Meghan Markle shows she’s no longer royal with HUGE political stand at next appearance

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Meghan Markle, 38, seems to be enjoying the freedom her non-royal status permits and has shown her political leanings in recent weeks. From sharing why she plans to vote in this year’s US election, to speaking at a gender and politics’ conference, Meghan’s next appearance will also have a political bent. The Duchess is due to make a second virtual appearance from her and Prince Harry’s new Montecito home as she joins a virtual party to commemorate the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment which gave American women the right to vote.

Meghan will join a host of high-profile women in marking the special milestone online.

A virtual “couch party” to commemorate the anniversary is being organised by non-partisan organisation When We All Vote.

When We All Vote is aiming to reach 300,000 eligible female voters with the couch party on August 20.

Meghan will talk along with former Obama White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Glamour magazine editor Samantha Barry and actress Yvette Nicole Brown.

Last Friday, Meghan spoke at the virtual 19th Presents summit shortly after Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

Hillary Clinton was also among guest speakers at the summit which hinted at Meghan’s political leanings.

Asked about how she found returning to the USA in March at a time when Black Lives Matters protests swept the country following the death of George Floyd, Meghan told the 19th CEO Emily Ramshaw: “It was so sad to see where our country was in that moment.

“If there’s any silver lining in that, I would say that in the weeks after the murder of George Floyd, in the peaceful protests that you were seeing, in the voices that were coming out, in the way that people were actually owning their role … it shifted from sadness to a feeling of absolute inspiration, because I can see that the tide is turning.”

Meghan said she looked forward to being able to use her voice again in a way she hadn’t been able to as a senior royal.

She said: “From my standpoint, it’s not new to see this undercurrent of racism and certainly unconscious bias, but I think to see the changes that are being made right now is really — it’s something I look forward to being a part of.

She added: “And being part of using my voice in a way that I haven’t been able to of late. So, yeah, it’s good to be home.”

Meghan was among 100 high-profile women to share why they would be voting in November’s US election.

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Meghan told Marie Claire: “I know what it’s like to have a voice, and also what it’s like to feel voiceless.

“I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard.

“And that opportunity, that fundamental right, is in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to make all of our voices heard.”

“One of my favourite quotes, and one that my husband and I have referred to often, is from Kate Sheppard, a leader in the suffragist movement in New Zealand, who said, ‘Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops.’ That is why I vote.”

While Meghan may be happy to be able to engage in US politics again, her husband Prince Harry is likely to be less vocal.

As a British citizen, Harry is unable to vote in the US election and is thought unlikely to give up his UK citizenship in future.

The couple relocated from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara with their son Archie Harrison last month and are expected to remain there for the foreseeable future.

A royal finance expert has claimed Harry could face a huge tax bill from the US authorities in future if he plans to stay in the States for good.

Expert and author of the forthcoming book ‘The Queen’s True Worth’, David McClure told the Telegraph: “California is a high tax state and Harry’s likely to get a hit.

“I don’t think Harry and Meghan have totally thought through the financial consequences of their exit from the Royal Family.”

He added: “The more their expenditure rises in California, the greater the pressure to generate their own income in more downmarket, commercial deals.

“That’s always been the worry of the palace.”

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