Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry officially left the monarchy in March, the pair have been exploring their newfound freedom.
While the Duke of Sussex has been largely focusing on causes, he supported as a royal, the Duchess has been branching out into a more political space.
From ‘backyard chats’ with renowned feminist Gloria Steinem, to appearances at political activism summits and calls for American women to vote, Meghan has been flexing her political muscles.
Now a friend close to the royal has said this is just the beginning of her burgeoning political career.
“One of the reasons she was so keen not to give up her American citizenship was, so she had the option to go into politics,” a source told MM.
“I think if Meghan and Harry ever gave up their titles she would seriously consider running for president.”
As senior royals, both he and Meghan were expected to remain politically neutral – but not anymore.
Since quitting the monarchy, the couple are now afforded more political freedoms, which Meghan has embraced as she continues to speak up ahead of the US presidential election.
But would she really consider a presidential bid herself in the future? It’s unlikely, for a quite a few reasons.
Her royal ties would be considered a conflict on interest by most American voters and could create problems within the British monarchy itself.
There would likely be outcry in the US and UK if Meghan were to announce she planned to run for president, and the resulting backlash could cause any campaign to nosedive swiftly.
Not to mention that the Duchess has openly expressed her desire to focus on her family and live a more private life since returning to the US.
In fact, those were two of the reasons she and Harry left the royal family in the first place.
“While there’s no denying she is interested and engaged in politics as a topic, she harbors no ambition to enter a career in politics herself,” another source told MM.
Though the Duke and Duchess have also received support for their new political activism, major political figures have slammed them for speaking out.
US President Donald Trump revealed this week that he’s “not a fan” of Meghan, who doesn’t appear to be a fan of him either.
He told reporters at a White House press briefing: “I’m not a fan of hers.”
“And I would say this — and she probably has heard that — but I wish a lot of luck to Harry, because he’s gonna need it,” Trump added.
The Sussexes may not be senior working royals anymore, but as they both still carry royal titles there are limitations to their political scope and freedom.
Harry has been cautious about joining in with his wife’s political statements, as his status as a born royal means he has closer ties to the monarchy, even though he chose to leave.
It also means that he faces greater criticism for any political statements, such as a recent comment he made during a Time 100 video, where he addressed the upcoming US election.
Members of the royal family don’t vote, and Prince Harry reminded viewers of this fact in what some called a “jab” at British royal protocols.
“Many of you may not know that I haven’t been able to vote in the U.K. my entire life,” he said.
Even if royals could vote, Prince Harry isn’t a US citizen and still wouldn’t be able to participate.
This didn’t stop him seemingly endorsing Joe Biden for the US presidency, saying,
“As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.”
Many were unhappy with his comments, suggesting that the Duke was “snubbing” the British royal family.