‘What motivated her?’ Meghan slammed for Congress letter as demand ‘already in the works’

Meghan Markle's letter to US Congress about paid parental leave

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Speaking to Podcast Royal, expert Jessica Robinson vented her frustration at the Duchess of Sussex’s motivation to send a letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Chuck Schumer demanding American families are paid a proper wage when on parental leave. But she highlighted how the plans are already in place in six states across the USA as well as featuring in the new Spending Bill currently being voted on in Congress.

The host explained how she found the decision by Meghan is “just a little bit strange to me” adding that “there is something I don’t really like it about”.

Ms Robinson went on the lambast the Duchess of Sussex questioning the “motivation” for the letter “because this is already in the works” as a plan for American families.

She added: “We know six states already provide paid parental leave and there are a few more that are following on.”

The royal expert went further highlighting how the multi-trillion dollar spending bill in Congress already has an outline in this bill for “parental and medical leave”.

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She acknowledged that Meghan may already be aware of this but found the letter unusual regardless.

The podcast host then went on to question further why the Duchess of Sussex used her Royal Family title to sign off the letter to the US government which she suggested was a wrongful “crossover” of royalty into politics.

While Meghan is allowed to sign off as the ‘Duchess of Sussex’ on formal communication, she cannot refer to herself as ‘Her Royal Highness’ and thus has not broken Royal Family protocol through the letter.

The comments come as the letter Meghan wrote called for a “strong paid leave program for every American that’s guaranteed, accessible and encouraged without stigma or penalty”.

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She acknowledged that since the beginning of the pandemic, millions of women had dropped out of the workforce in order to provide for their children.

Meghan also spoke of her own childhood, saying that she had felt “lucky” to be eating a $4.99 salad at Sizzler as she was aware of how hard her parents had worked. 

The Duchess added: “I started working (at the local frozen yoghurt shop) at the age of 13. I waited tables, babysat, and piecemealed jobs together to cover odds and ends.

“I worked all my life and saved when and where I could—but even that was a luxury – because usually it was about making ends meet and having enough to pay my rent and put gas in my car.”

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The US remains one of the only developed countries without a national paid parental leave policy, with only nine states and Washington DC implementing some form of paid leave policy. 

Duchess of Sussex’s letter is not her first foray into politics, which follows a video with Time100 days before the US presidential election last year, where Meghan and Prince Harry called on American citizens to exercise their right to vote.

In one controversial moment, Meghan declared “we all know what’s at stake” in what many took as an apparent jab at Donald Trump and implied her support for the Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

While last month, the Sussexes travelled to New York for a three-day tour where they met New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio. They also visited the United Nations and joined a roundtable discussion with the World Health Organisation.

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