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Who will Meghan vote for?

Yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex revealed that she plans to vote in the upcoming US presidential election, and today we’re looking at who we think Meghan will cast her ballot for.

In a feature with Marie Claire magazine, Meghan revealed: “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.”

With the news on Tuesday that presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden chose California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, the Democrat ticket is complete. Biden will be confirmed as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee at the party’s convention next week; both he and Senator Harris are expected to speak at the week-long event. The Republican nominee is incumbent President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Biden is running on a “Build Back Better” platform to work on improving economic realities, racial justice and equality, education, clean energy and green living, gender equality, disability rights and equality, and many initiatives designed to combat the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given that many of Biden’s platform topics are issues that form the basis of Meghan’s charitable work and public life, it’s very safe to say that she will likely vote for Biden/Harris this November.

Meghan campaigned for Hillary Clinton, the then-Democratic nominee in 2016 and had this to say about Trump: “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.”

As Meghan retained her American citizenship when she married Harry, she is still able to vote in US elections. Meghan will be the first member of the British Royal Family to cast a vote in an election that we know of: the British Royal Family do not vote in the UK elections or express political opinions publicly.

About author

Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, particularly the British Royal Family.