Meghan Markle Recently Made 1 Impressive Move in Her Fight for Paid Leave

After stepping down as a senior royal and moving to California, Meghan Markle has been using her voice to advocate for various causes. She recently joined the fight for paid parental leave, and Meghan has been making impressive progress in this battle.

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Meghan Markle sent a letter about paid leave to Congresspeople

On Oct. 20, Meghan joined the fight for paid leave with an open letter to Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. The letter was published on the website Paid Leave for All.

Meghan wrote, “Over the past 20 months, the pandemic has exposed long-existing fault lines in our communities. At an alarming rate, millions of women dropped out of the workforce, staying home with their kids as schools and daycares were closed, and looking after loved ones full-time. The working mom or parent is facing the conflict of being present or being paid. The sacrifice of either comes at a great cost.”

The Duchess of Sussex also looked back on the birth of her daughter, Lilibet, back in June and noted the financial privilege she and her husband, Prince Harry, had.

“We knew we could take her home, and in that vital (and sacred) stage, devote any and everything to our kids and to our family,” Meghan said. “We knew that by doing so we wouldn’t have to make impossible choices about childcare, work, and medical care that so many have to make every single day.”

As a result, Meghan is calling for paid leave to be a “national right” for all parents. 

Meghan Markle recently talked to senators about her advocacy

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Meghan took her advocacy further and managed to snag meetings with senators. According to Politico, Meghan has been in touch with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who has been fighting for paid leave to be included in a social spending bill.

Gillibrand even helped Meghan contact other politicians. The senator said, “I talked to each of the women senators and let them know that she’s going to reach out, because she only completed two of the calls. She’s going to call some others, so I let them know in advance.”

“She wants to be part of a working group to work on paid leave long term and she’s going to be,” Gillibrand also shared. “Whether this comes to fruition now or later, she’ll be part of a group of women that hopefully will work on paid leave together.”

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and are two other people whom Meghan reached out to.

“I’m in my car. I’m driving. It says caller ID blocked,” Capito recalled. “Honestly … I thought it was Sen. Manchin. His calls come in blocked. And she goes ‘Sen. Capito?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ She said, ‘This is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.”

Meanwhile, Collins allegedly said Meghan’s opinions aren’t as important to her.

“I was happy to talk with her. But I’m more interested in what the people of Maine are telling me about it,” Collins reportedly remarked.

Is Meghan Markle setting her sight on a political career?

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Rumors of Meghan trying to pursue a career in politics have been around for a while now. According to author Tom Bower, who is publishing a book about Meghan, the duchess is still setting her sight on Washington, D.C.

“This is a claim from a journalist Tom Bower – he has written a book about Meghan, it’s an unauthorised biography and this is set to be released sometime next year,” royal correspondent Natalie Oliveri said (via Express). ”In that book, he describes Meghan’s political ambitions as not having gone away. He says that the Duchess has many, many exciting things ahead for her, her next plan is to conquer America and then conquer the world.”