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Meghan and Harry brace for ‘very busy week’ as Sussexes battle to stay in limelight

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been outshone by Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge when they appeared at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow earlier this week. Even Prince Charles got a generous share of airtime after he spoke about the dangers that the climate crisis has created at the G20 summit in Rome followed by the conference in Scotland.

While this was going on Meghan and Harry, who stepped back as senior royals last January, were in America.

However, with attention likely to drift from the conference as it enters its second week, the pair have a string of events planned.

Newsweek Royal Correspondent Jack Royston tweeted that they had a “very busy week” ahead with an event with Wired Magazine, followed by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Awards in New York on Wednesday.

Mr Royston added that Meghan, 40, also has an appearance with the New York Times’ Dealbook audio series on Tuesday, November 9.

The news emerged as it was claimed that Meghan personally called Republican senators to ask them to back a move to add paid family leave back into a £1.3billion social spending and climate policy bill.

The mother-of-two reportedly called West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito who said she first thought it was a fellow senator because the number was blocked.

She told Politico: “I’m in my car. I’m driving. It says ‘caller ID blocked’.

“I thought it was Senator (Joe) Manchin.

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“His calls come in blocked. And she goes, ‘Senator Capito?’ I said, ‘Yes?’ She said, ‘This is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.'”

Meghan then reportedly called moderate Republican Susan Collins.

She was in the gym at the time and assumed it was another senator, according to a source familiar with the matter.

She said: “Much to my surprise, she called me on my private line and she introduced herself as the Duchess of Sussex, which is kind of ironic.

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

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