Duchess Meghan voted absentee & has no plans to stop her activism post-election

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I realize that international media outlets are paying attention to our election shambles, and it makes sense that those outlets try to humanize their coverage, and put recognizable faces on it. The British media seems to have done this with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. Meghan has weirdly become the “face” of the American election in certain quarters of the British media. It’s pretty stupid – Meghan is just one vote, cast in California, and she’s said and done nothing controversial during the election cycle. All she’s done is encourage people to vote, specifically women. As it turns out, Meghan voted absentee this year:

Meghan Markle voted early by mail in the 2020 presidential election, Page Six is told.

As we revealed, the Duchess of Sussex has set up home in a $14.5 million mansion in Montecito, Calif., with husband Prince Harry and baby son Archie. And after spending the past few months urging her fellow Americans to vote, Markle cast her vote early, sources said.

A source told us: “Meghan was an American long before she was a royal. She wouldn’t miss voting in this election no matter where she was living.”

[From Page Six]

I was curious so I looked up the vote count and percentages in California as of this morning – the vote count is slow-going and unpressured, because everyone knew that CA would go for Biden. Only 66% of the vote has been counted! It reminds me of the weeks after the 2016 election, when California just kept adding thousands of votes to Hillary Clinton’s popular vote victory. Anyway, about Meghan – her spokesperson told Insider (via Fox News) that Meghan plans to continue her political activism post-election:

Now that the votes are being counted, however, Markle and Harry have no plans to stop using her voice.

“Part of being an active member of society is to take part in the democratic process,” a spokesperson for the couple told Insider. “So encouraging people to get involved in politics is something that is important.”

The outlet reports that the royals must not be understood to have an influence over parliamentary decisions, but that the exact rules regarding their political neutrality are murky.

“We do expect royals to have a different role within the constitution,” said the spokesperson. “But the Queen herself, for example, encouraged people to use their right to vote when there was a referendum in Scotland [in 2014] and when there was an election in Wales [in 2003].”

[From Fox News]

If/when Kamala Harris becomes VP, who will get her Senate seat? I’m sure Governor Newsom will get to appoint his pick, in consultation with the CA Democratic Party and likely Kamala Harris herself. WHAT IF THEY PICK MEGHAN. LOL. That won’t happen but I just wanted to put it out there!! Senator Sussex, at your service.

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  1. rawiya says:

    Thanks for putting that out there, Kaiser! Now we’re going to get 100090203820 DM articles about how Meghan left the UK to take Kamala’s senate seat. It was a set up all along!

  2. Snuffles says:

    Now you done gave the British tabloids another fake angle to play! Senator Markle. 😜

    • MapleAngel says:

      Senator Sussex!

      • Snuffles says:

        Or Senator Mountbatten-Windsor?

        I honestly have no idea what last name she and Harry are using these days. Anyone know?

      • Noki says:

        @Snuffles i am glad you asked,i think because she was still in the process of her citizenship,i think all her important docs and IDs probably still have Markle. Do they get some sort of title certificate as Dukes and Duchesss? I wonder what FULL names are on Duchess Kate and her kids passports.

      • Melissa says:

        I’d imagine they’re using Mountbatten-Windsor since that’s Archie’s name. If I were in their shoes I’d choose to have the same surname as my kid.

        I think the Cambridges use ‘Cambridge’ when they need a last name, just like William and Harry used ‘Wales’ (their father’s title) when they needed last names before the were given their own dukedoms.

    • Myra says:

      The Daily Express frontpage tomorrow “Duchess of Sussex will be appointed senator, sources close to the Duchess say!”

  3. Becks1 says:

    Of course she’s going to remain active. We’re going to see Archewell really launch fairly soon, and I imagine political activism is going to be a part of that.

    I think she and Harry very wisely went quiet for the last week or two so that they could not be accused of directly “interfering” but I think they’re going to be working again very soon.

    • Snuffles says:

      Agreed. I doubt she would ever take on an elected position but I would not be surprised if she threw her support behind a Biden-Harris initiative.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      Yeah, I love that they kept quiet for the last week and a half so the BM can’t make any stupid accusation about the election, or about anything to do with the other royals shenanigans in Britain. They usually just love to tie themselves into knot attaching Meghan especially to every and anything.

  4. SJ Knows says:

    See, the big attraction to USA for a lot of people, is the idea of The Pursuit of Happiness, Freedom to live as you choose peacefully.

    Well Right On! I choose to ignore H&M because they have zero direct impact on my life.

    Whatever Harry, Whatever Meg, Hi to baby Archie.

    p.s. Stay away from Andrew, he is a creep and should be in jail.

    • Sydney says:

      And yet here you are commenting under a Meghan article not ignoring Meghan like you claim to do.

      • lanne says:

        Isn’t it funny the way the people who “don’t care” always have to let everyone else know that?

    • Lizzie says:

      The attraction to the USA was his brother pushed him out of his home country.

      Better luck ignoring them in the future since you failed today.

    • Jaded says:

      “Freedom to live as you choose peacefully”??? Tell that to the Black Lives Matter folks, especially those who have friends and family who have been murdered by white police. Tell that to the friends and families who have lost loved ones to some goon white supremacist with a semi-automatic who committed mass killings. Tell that to the millions who have no health care and live in fear because if they catch covid they can’t afford to go to hospital. America is in a state of anarchy, teetering on civil war at this moment. I wouldn’t live there if you paid me.

  5. Amy Bee says:

    Meghan’s just doing what she did before she married Harry. It wouldn’t surprise me if next year she goes back to her position at UN women.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      Oh I would love to see that. The position would likely be different, but still something to do with women’s political participation, I know Meghan is really passionate about that topic.

  6. Sydney says:

    The terminator was governor so you never know. I doubt it though. The weird obsession with Meghan voting is crazy. She’s an American and she no longer reps petty Betty.

  7. Sofia says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Meghan isn’t really interested in elected office? I think she would rather just campaign people to vote and put her name behind certain messages/people but I truly don’t see elected office as one of Meghan’s aspirations.

    But never say never and I don’t know what Meghan is thinking so I could be very wrong

    • Amy Bee says:

      I agree with you. I think Meghan prefers to be an activist than a politician.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      I don’t think that was something she had any ambitions towards, but things change and our world have suddenly become more murky, it’s all hands on deck when it comes to trying to right this ship back to at least where we were when Obama was in office. I can see someone who is passionate about what needs to be done, deciding to get in there NOW. My personal opinion, she is wise enough to realize that she is too divisive a figure and choose to work in support of others.

  8. Aurora says:

    Is it normal for media outlets to mention the cost of a celebrity’s home in every story about them or is this unique to the Sussexes?

    • lanne says:

      Unique to Sussexes. Black folks aren’t supposed to have nice things unless white folks bequeath them. Then they’re supposed to prostrate themselves in gratitude. They only mention the cost of things with black people in the U.K. tabloids. Meghan in fancy clothes drove them insane—Kate in fancy clothes was just fine.

      • Snuffles says:

        Actually, that’s not entirely true. I agree that they complain and rage more over Meghan than Kate but tabulating how much the royals are spending the “taxpayers money” is a national pastime in the UK.

      • Amy Bee says:

        Spot on. The main issue people have with Meghan is that she’s in a position not meant for black people. Many don’t want to admit this for fear of being called racist so they talk about her behaviour or spending instead.

      • lanne says:

        @amy bee that’s exactly my point. The spending talk is a way to deflect from the racism. The spending talk comes and goes for Kate, but it’s mentioned every single time with Meghan. It’s the media’s dog whistle.

      • mytwocents says:

        It was also the same with Melania voting in that $5000 Gucci dress this week, there was so much admiration for her, with hardly anyone having a problem with the cost (on the DM). But one person said, if that were Michelle Obama in a $5000 dress, there would’ve been outrage. Exactly! Same with Kate and Meghan.

    • Lizzie says:

      I don’t think I’ve seen the cost of Anmer Hall and only infrequently the cost to reno KP.

    • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

      Typically only if they spent tax payer money.

    • Original Penguin says:

      The Daily Fail is obsessed about the cost of people’s houses. Whether it’s 100 000 or 10 million pounds

  9. Naomi says:

    I love Meghan, but no please don’t run for senator. I’m so tired of rich people & celebrities thinking that they know how to run shit just becayse they’re… rich & celebrities (Tr&mp & Kanye being the biggest and worst examples). You want to become a congressperson, senator, president? Start out at the city council or something local, learn the governmental system, get that experience, just the same way AOC, Lucy McBath & so many others have done. Really really really done with rich people who are not *in* the communities helicoptering in out of nowhere.

    But again, I don’t think Meghan wants this anyway. But everyone please stop with these fantasies of woke celebrities saving us — there are so many hardworking activists doing the pound-the-pavement work, they should be the ones running for office and getting the votes!!!

    • lanne says:

      Let’s not blame Meghan for someone else’s speculation. That’s how so much hate for her gets fomented— people speculate about her, then everyone jumps to respond as if she said she would do said thing. I agree—celebrities using politics for self promotion like Kanye suck, but let’s not castigate Meghan for something she hasn’t done. If she herself says she’s thinking about politics, then we give her the scrutiny then.

      • Naomi says:

        Hi! I’m not castigating Meghan. I said “everyone please stop with these fantasies.” I’m castigating people for focusing on celebrities when there are people putting in the on-the-ground work that deserve a shot at governance first.

    • Lizzie says:

      Sorry, she is a citizen and has the right to run just as anyone else. No extra burden should be placed on her or anyone. The voters decide if a persons background is sufficient.
      That said I don’t see this in her short term future.

      • BnLurkN4eva says:

        I don’t see this in her near future either, but nothing can really be ruled out these days. I didn’t think women would ever have to worry about birth control ever being in danger of being made illegal, but here we are and the possibility is in sight.

    • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

      I would agree with you normally. Meghan may be rich but she is also smart. She went to the University of Chicago (or is it the other ivy school in Chicago) and got a degree in both theatre and international relations, and interned in Argentina. I mean if you are going to cave and puts rich celebrity in office, make it the one who can actually learn and has somewhat of a background that will be useful.

  10. RN says:

    Please, no more actors or celebrities in political office. I’d like to see qualified, educated men and women who have trained for the role. Other professions require education and experience, and we see where having unqualified, uneducated Americans holding political seats has gotten this country. Holding a political seat affects every aspect of our lives and shouldn’t be undertaken by those who don’t have the background for it.

    • Mtec says:

      She is educated though, in international relations at Northwestern, did an internship with the US state department while in Argentina, speaks 3 languages, toured with the USO, has worked with the UN and World Vision Canada, has written for time magazine about women’s issues etc… She was able to form a rapport with a world leader like Trudeau way before she went into service with the BRF… apparently she did consider a career in politics at one point, though I do not think she’s interested in that now. But that being said, she’s not unqualified.

      • CC says:

        I believe she took the Foreign Service Officer test.

        I’m not sure how partisan that job is, but definitely not as partisan as the senate or house. I actually think Meghan works best in non partisan matters, so I’m hoping her future activism wouldn’t involve aligning herself with a party. It’s hard to talk about qualifications because there are dumbasses in politics with law, economics etc degrees. The best quality in a politician is the hunger to learn and follow logic while being empathetic.

        But all that aside, i don’t think Meghan would put herself in another fishbowl again. The Duchess role was perfect for her, too bad they’d rather have stepford wives though.

    • Lizzie says:

      You are saying Meghan is uneducated?

  11. Noodle says:

    This has me thinking about whom Newsom will select as Senator. We have some really strange politicians in California. Please don’t let it be Antonio Villaraigosa, the former Mayor of L.A. If Newsom could select himself, I’m pretty sure he would.

    • Becky says:

      I think he will pick a woman, and the recent poll Californians are hoping for Barbara Lee, her house seat is safe, she’s a real progressive, was the only person to vote against the Iraq war In the house and has done a lot for her district and the state. Katie porter was discussed but her seat isn’t safe.

      But people like Barbara and Katie deserve to be talked about for this, and personally I find it insulting to them ans all their hard work when people pick a random celebrity because they Stan them. No our country is in a mess we need to take this serious

  12. NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

    The issue has never been Meghan’s activism. She can do what she wants and I think she made that very clear when they quit. She is not royal anymore. To the BRF she’s a non-entity that they never wanted to be forced to care about. The issue is the fact she’s deemed a bad influence on Harry and Harry is no longer drinking the royal family’s poison.

    I know this will never happen in a million years but I really want Harry and Meghan to drop Sussex and become The Raglands. How many tops in the UK would blow then?

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      I think as long as the queen is alive Harry will attempt to show some allegiance to the BRF and so I don’t see them willingly walking away from either Frogmore, or their titles while the queen lives. After she’s gone, I think they will peace out on all things royal and given how long her line tends to live, by that point H/M should be very well set up.

  13. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    But I thought she wasn’t, you know, ROYAL anymore??? 🤔
    Anybody else getting whiplash???

  14. Teresa says:

    I’d laugh so hard! But in all seriousness, Katie Porter for The Senate!!! I love her so much.

    • Jaded says:

      Katie Porter is a rock star, she’d be my pick for sure.

    • Nic919 says:

      I think Katie Porter definitely needs to be in the senate. And if not Now, then to replace Dianne Feinstein who really needs to retire. She was useless at the judiciary committee hearing.

    • Becky says:

      I love her but her house seat isn’t 100% safe. We can’t afford to risk the seat, but yeah she should be a Senator one day. Just have to lock in that seat

      • Teresa says:

        You’re right. I forgot, she’s Orange County isn’t she. I’d also love to see her as a POTUS. She’s whip smart, and always prepared.

  15. Grant says:

    Senator Sussex has a lovely ring to it! Love Ms. Markle!

  16. TeamMeg says:

    I can’t wait for Meghan and Angelina Jolie to connect and start working together on some initiatives. The Senator idea is fun (!) but I think these two are already quite well placed to inspire & effect meaningful change. ❤️❤️

  17. aquarius64 says:

    If Meghan were to run the US press would vet her family. Toxic Tom’s life will be fair game since he went after Meghan and sided with the Fail in the lawsuit. Same with the half sibs Thing 1 and Thing 2.

  18. booboocita says:

    If I recall correctly, the Obamas often hosted dinners at the White House to which they invited the heads of charities and nonprofits as honored guests. I would purely LOVE to see Harry & Meghan visit the Biden White House as heads and representatives of Archewell — NOT as reps of the Crown. Wouldn’t that be a bite in the butt for PWBT …

  19. JT says:

    I know the BM and RF think that Meghan being a president or a senator is an insult, but to me it looks like they believe that she is quite powerful. The fact that they think H&M can influence our elections just shows how important they believe them to be. It’s a bit of self own considering how hard the the BM and KP are working to make Will a global statesman.

  20. Amelie says:

    lol I’m just imagining Harry in a “First Gentleman” role, husband of a senator/governor. That being said, I think Meghan has zero interest in ever running for public office. She is much more interested in being an activist and being more directly involved in the causes she supports.

  21. A says:

    I don’t know if this would be a good idea, even in jest. Being in the public spotlight like she has these last few years has brought out some of the most genuinely deranged people on the planet. I would not want her in public office because the thought of being in that sort of spotlight, and the way it could be framed by the people who foment hate against her, could have some really bad consequences I don’t want to think about.

    Politics and elected office is a different game to activism. I think both are necessary, but one doesn’t have to lead to or overlap with the other. I think her focus and priority is going to be her activist work, and I want to see her grow that first.

  22. Cate says:

    California actually went ahead and mailed a mail-in ballot to everyone this year, so the fact that Meghan voted early by mail is not that unusual here. I was shocked to see people voting in person on 11/3!

    • booboocita says:

      IKR? I dropped mine off at my local county elections board office to make sure it was counted. But my polling place isn’t too far from where I live, and I was astonished to see the line of would-be voters on my morning walk.

      I was also a little upset, because my polling place is in the lobby of a large nursing home/assisted living facility, and I would have thought the LAST place anyone should congregate during a pandemic would be in close proximity to a vulnerable population. I sure hope they’re all safe.

      • pottymouth pup says:

        The COVID+ election supervisor in Missouri who broke quarantine to work the election proved why we needed to be able to vote using mail ballots (he also just died earlier today)

    • L4frimaire says:

      Yes. Everyone in California got their my ballot in mail and mailed it weeks ago. Had a polling station on my block and it was very quiet all day. I don’t know why they’re trying to make a news story out of this. Meghan is in the same nail biting position as the rest of us, waiting to see what happens. I’m sure everyone wants to know who she voted for. Do they want to know what she voted on for Prop.22 or Prop.15, or local school board as well? Everything she does is considered political by certain people. I still don’t know why people keep thinking she wants to run for office. She already was in public life for the Royal family and was the most scrutinized woman in the world. If she did it, maybe in her 50s but not now, and lots of complications. Everyone keeps trying to rush their timeline. They just moved back to the states and are setting up their new life. Give them time to figure it out and get settled. This is all conjecture.

  23. Shoo fly says:

    Neither AOC nor Lucy MacBath held office prior to running their congressional races. AOC benefitted from an already strong democratic electorate (her district goes blue by 40%) and McBath benefitted from Ostroff months before having run for the seat in the special election against Handel. There’s pros and cons to every way of running for office.

  24. Saucy&Sassy says:

    I’ve been reading this website for a few months now, and read I’ve more British tabloid media articles than any one person should ever read, and feel that I have a fairly good idea of what’s been happening to Prince Harry and Meghan. So, bear with me while I give you my thoughts on this.

    Fox News is heavily biased and a TRUMP SUPPORTER. There is no way that I can even imagine for a moment that Harry and Meghan would have anyone give Fox a statement. I simply don’t believe it. I really think that someone (BM) is stirring a pot. Perhaps to give themselves something to make money from?

    Also, I could really be wrong, but it seems to me that politics would perhaps limit Meghan and, therefore, Harry. I could see her working again for the UN in areas surrounding the betterment of girls and women. That’s one of her passions. Otherwise, I just think that politicians have an agenda set (by the Party) for them to follow. I believe Harry & Meghan would be far freer if they are autonomous. Of course, I don’t know either of them and don’t pretend to know what they will do, but wanted to put my two cents in.