VP Hopeful Kamala Harris is 1 of Meghan Markle’s Biggest Fans
On Aug. 11, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced that Kamala Harris would be his running mate for the upcoming election. If the two were to win the election in November, Harris would be the first Black woman to ever hold the office of vice president.
After the historic announcement, dozens of celebrities took to social media to express their support for Harris.
And while many people may be fans of the senator from California, Harris’s social media accounts reveal that she’s an even bigger fan of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
Kamala Harris and Meghan Markle have a lot in common
Although Harris and Meghan look different physically unique, the two have more in common than many realize. It’s fair to assume that these similarities provide the common ground that allows Harris to empathize with Meghan so deeply.
Both Harris and Meghan were born in California—Harris in Oakland, and Meghan in Los Angeles. They are also both biracial, as Harris was born to a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, while Meghan was born to a Black mother and a white father.
As women of color involved in their respective political communities, both Harris and Meghan spend a lot of time in the public eye. Both women face a high level of scrutiny from the media and are frequent topics of discussion in mainstream culture.
Harris admired Meghan Markle for years
Harris has been a big fan of Meghan for years and often reshares Meghan’s social media posts with her own thoughts added in.
Last year during a trip to South Africa, Meghan participated in an intimate interview with British television network ITV. During the interview, she shared how difficult life had been for her since becoming a major cultural figure.
Harris shared a snippet of the interview and added, “This is incredibly important. We must remember that it’s a sign of strength to show emotion. Meghan, we are with you.”
Senator Harris and the duchess agree on human rights issues
Although the royal family typically tries to stay out of controversial issues, Meghan used her platform to speak out against police brutality in June. Addressing her former high school, she put her support behind the Black Lives Matter movement and encouraged students to be part of the change.
Harris showed great gratitude for Meghan taking a stand. She reposted the video, saying: “‘The only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.’ Thank you, Meghan, for this powerful statement.”
The two women come from different walks of life, but they clearly share identical perspectives on human rights issues.
Kamala Harris and Meghan Markle will participate in the same digital summit
Although the two have yet to share a stage in real life, Harris and Meghan will both be featured speakers on a digital summit hosted by news agency The 19th*. Harris will be hosting a keynote conversation earlier in the day, while Meghan will be interviewing Emily Ramshaw, the news outlet’s founder.
“The 19th*’s commitment to reporting and storytelling that lifts up those who are too often underrepresented in the media has never been more important,” Meghan said in a statement to Glamour.
“I’m looking forward to asking the co-founder what it means to build a media outlet with gender equity, diversity, and community at its core.”