President Markle! Political ambition could lead to ‘extraordinary’ showdown with William

Meghan Markle: Tom Bower discusses possible political future

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Meghan could meet Charles or William on equal footing as heads of state, if a “totally unprecedented” scenario unfolds. Speculation over Meghan’s potential interest in a political career has started recirculating again after biographer Tom Bower argued the Duchess of Sussex is clearly “very interested in politics”. While royal expert Victoria Murphy doesn’t believe a political career is on Meghan’s radar at the moment, she conceded it could help the Sussexes create a legacy completely independent from the Royal Family.

Appearing on Mail+’s Palace Confidential, she said: “It would be absolutely extraordinary if it did happen and totally unprecedented.

“And you can go even further and you can say you’ll have Charles or William as head of state here potentially in the future.

“Could we have Meghan as president – could we have Piers Morgan as Prime Minister, what would that all look like?

“We are slightly entering the world of fantasy to a certain extent. 

“I would never say never, but I don’t think this is something that is on the card in the near future.

“Anyone I’ve spoken to doesn’t seem to think that is the case.

“What would be interesting about it would be that for me I’ve always felt one of the challenges for Harry and Meghan now is to be seen as anything other than in the context of the Royal Family.

“Everything they do and their identity are shaped by the Royal Family, and I don’t see how that can ever not be the case. 

“And actually, if she were to become president, that would be a totally different thing, their legacy would be completely different.

“That’s what I think would be interesting about it – but I don’t think is on the card just yet.”

Meghan and Prince Harry officially stepped down as full-time working members of the Firm in late March last year.

As a consequence of Megxit, they lost all their royal and military patronages, the right to carry out royal engagements and to use the word ‘royal’ in their branding. 

They were nevertheless allowed to retain their full titles – without using their His/Her Royal Highness styles in relation to their commercial venues.

The couple has since been introduced to virtual events they have attended or in articles they penned as Meghan and Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

This has led some of their critics to accuse them of cashing in their links to the Firm.

Royal author Phil Dampier told the Daily Telegraph earlier this year: “It’s obvious Harry and Meghan are not coming back, and have very much made their life in America, so the best thing for all is for a line to be drawn. 

“I think they should volunteer to renounce, or at least not use, their ducal titles, so they face no further criticism of cashing in.”

Speculation over Meghan’s interest in politics has been circulating for several months, also thanks to the Duchess’ early attempts to step into that career field.

As reported in the biography Finding Freedom, Meghan, who earned a double major in theatre and international studies at Northwestern’s School of Communication, took the Foreign Service Officer Test after a month-long work experience at the US embassy in Buenos Aires.

The test was a prerequisite for a job as a State Department officer. 

However, author Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand said she did not pass “the highly competitive test”.

More recently, Mr Bower, who is writing a biography on the Duchess, told Good Morning Britain Meghan is “well placed” and has an interest in politics which would help her step into the political arena.

He said: “I think Meghan is clearly someone who is very interested in politics.

“I also think she is someone who would like to influence the world.

“I think she is well placed with friendships with former President Barack Obama and ex-President Clinton so she would be well placed to get on the Democratic ticket in California.

“There are 53 representatives there and most of them democrats and she could run for one of them.

“I think she has got the right basis for it because she is ambitious and got a lot to say.” 

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