Meghan Markle will be the first royal ever to participate in a national election, according to sources on Washington Newsday: “The Duchess is going to vote.
Meghan’s comments on the election sparked fierce debate in Britain over the summer, and after months of criticism she will soon see if her interventions were worth it.
The camp in Sussex has not confirmed whether Meghan will cast her vote today or whether she has already participated in the early voting.
A source told Washington Newsday: “I will not comment on methods or timing, but I can confirm that the Duchess is participating in this election”.
Prince Harry will not be going to the election because he did not arrive on the US coast until March.
And he has recently admitted that he has never been able to participate in the election because a royal congress stipulates that members of the family must not interfere in politics.
In September he told Time100: “I will not be able to vote in this election here in the US, but many of you may not know that I have not been able to vote in Britain all my life.
“As we approach this November, it is important that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.
However, Meghan spoke passionately about her plans to use her vote and urged Americans to cast their vote.
Meghan told the 19th News in August: “For example, I look at my husband [Prince Harry]; he has never been able to vote, and I find it so interesting to say that the right to vote is not a privilege but a right in itself.
The Duchess of Sussex, in a conversation with Gloria Steinem in August, also spoke positively of the prospect of Kamala Harris becoming the first black vice president.
Meghan said: “I am so excited to see this kind of representation.
“You know, for me, who is biracial and grew up, whether it was a doll or a person in office, you need to see someone who looks like you in some way.
“As many of us believe, you can only be what you can see.
“In the absence of this, how can you strive for something greater than what you see in your own world?
The debate over Meghan’s election commentary began after her third call to Americans to vote, which was made during the Michelle Obama-backed virtual summit “When We All Vote.
In August, the Duchess said: “There are only 75 days left until election day. This is so close to Election Day, and yet there is so much to do during this time.
“Because we all know what is at stake this year. And I know it too.
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“I think you all know this for sure, and when you are here with us at this fun event, you are just as mobilized and energetic to see the change that we all need and deserve.
In September Donald Trump learned from a journalist that the Duchess had supported Joe Biden at a press conference.
The President replied: “I am not a fan of her.
“I would say this – and she probably heard it – I wish Harry good luck because he will need it.
In October, Congressman Jason Smith from Missouri wrote to the British Ambassador in Washington to demand that Harry and Meghan’s titles be removed because of their election comments.
He wrote: “In my opinion, the titles and privileges they retain with the approval of Her Majesty the Queen and with the advice and consent of their government prevent the Duke and Duchess from separating comments made in their personal capacity from their official position within the British Royal Family.
“By allowing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to retain their titles, and by continuing to allow these political expressions, the British Government effectively condones the interference of top-level British establishment officials in the 2020 Presidential election in the United States.