If Meghan Markle Voted in the Midterms, Which Way Would Her Vote Go?
While she was once known as an outspoken Hollywood actress with a lifestyle blog, nowadays, Meghan Markle is known for her polite demeanor and loyalty to the royal family more so than an activist. Even though she certainly abides by the royal rules, we can’t forget that at one point, Meghan did have political views she was willing to share with the world. And now everyone’s wondering if Meghan voted in the midterm election — and if she did, who she voted for.
Did Meghan vote in the midterms?
Technically speaking, Meghan Markle has every right to cast an absentee ballot and still vote in her home country. People reports the new royal is currently going through the process of gaining British citizenship — but it’s certainly not a process that happens over night. Because her dual citizenship is years in the making, she still has every right to vote in the U.S.
With her royal standing, however, she’s put in a totally different position than she’s ever been in before. Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t vote, as she must look impartial as head of state when it comes to political views. And other senior members of the royal family also remain neutral by not voting. For this reason, it’s likely that Meghan followed in her grandmother-in-law’s footsteps and also didn’t vote — though Kensington Palace has yet to say if this is the case or not.
She’s encouraged others to vote recently and in the past
While Meghan may not have cast her ballot in the midterms, that doesn’t change her general stance on voting. Two years ago, before she was a duchess, Meghan encourage everyone — particularly women — to get out and rock the vote, Town & Country reports. As she wrote on her blog, “I ticked the boxes on my absentee ballot last week, closing my eyes and thinking of my great grandparents who didn’t have this right (and thinking of how it would have changed the if they had). So on this day we urge you to exercise said right. Please vote.”
In more recent times, Meghan has also spoken about voting. She made a speech to celebrate New Zealand’s 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage, People reports. And in her speech, she said, “The achievements of the women of New Zealand who campaigned for their right to vote, and were the first in the world to achieve it, are universally admired.” She also added, “Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote but also about what that represents: the basic and fundamental human right of being able to participate in the choices for your future ….”
She’s called Trump out before and likely would have voted as a Democrat
She may not talk politics anymore, but Meghan’s made her stance on Trump known in the past. According to The Independent, back in 2016, Meghan was asked about Trump while she was on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. During the interview, she called Trump “divisive” and “misogynistic.” She also made it known that she was a Hillary Clinton supporter when she said during the interview, “You’re not just voting for a woman if it’s Hillary because she’s a woman, but certainly because Trump has made it easy to see that you don’t really want that kind of world that he’s painting.”
This interview aside, Refinery29 reminds us of the time Meghan wrote a letter to Hillary when she was just 11 years old. And in 2015, the royal also got to sit next to Hillary at the United Nations Women’s Conference, which she was very excited about.
As for Prince Harry, it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever hear him utter anything political in public. But he too is reportedly critical of the current president and probably shares Meghan’s strong views. Either way, Melania Trump has said Harry’s invited to the White House any time he’s in the country.
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