The Duchess of Sussex is set to make history as a member of the British Royal Family in November as she has confirmed she will vote in the upcoming US presidential election. Historically, members of the British Royal Family do not vote in elections and remain politically neutral.
Speaking to Marie Claire, the Duchess, along with 99 other influential women, revealed why she takes to the polls to cast her ballot.
She said: “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 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.”
The Duchess of Sussex did not reveal who she will be voting for come November, but she has made her views on President Donald Trump clear. Meghan is a Democrat and supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
At that time, she said: “Of course Trump is divisive—think about female voters alone. I think it was in 2012, the Republican Party lost the female vote by 12 points. That’s a huge number and as misogynistic as Trump is—and so vocal about it—that’s a huge chunk of it.”
Meghan retained her American citizenship when she married Prince Harry in May 2018, and the couple now reside in Los Angeles with their son, Archie.