Meghan Markle to follow in Kamala Harris’s footsteps with next appearance

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Meghan Markle, 38, is due to close the 19th Represents Gender and Politics summit on Friday. The Duchess’ latest appearance will follow a milestone interview from Senator Kamala Harris – her first since she was made the 2020 Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate earlier this week by Joe Biden.

The 19th Represents is a five day summit that aims to “empower all women and gender diverse people with the information, community and tools they need to be equal participants in our democracy” and includes guest speakers Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates among others.

Kamala Harris’s inclusion in Friday’s line-up was particularly powerful as it was her first appearance since becoming Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick.

During the interview Harris spoke about voter access, how the pandemic has exacerbated inequalities and how a Biden-Harris campaign will prioritise marginalised communities in the US.

Earlier this week Meghan was among 100 influential women to share why she planned to vote in November’s US election with Marie Claire.

Meghan said: “I know what it’s like to have a voice, and also what it’s like to feel voiceless.

“I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard.

“And that opportunity, that fundamental right, is in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to make all of our voices heard.”

“One of my favourite quotes, and one that my husband and I have referred to often, is from Kate Sheppard, a leader in the suffragist movement in New Zealand, who said, ‘Do not think your single vote does not matter much.”

“The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops.’ That is why I vote.”

Meghan will appear to close the summit on Friday by interviewing it’s co-founder and CEO Emily Ramshaw.

While Meghan was expected to stay politically neutral as a working royal she has been able to align herself more strongly with politicised causes since stepping down from the role.

Some royal watchers have even suggested the Duchess could be angling for a career in politics.


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Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliam’s has claimed Meghan may have her eyes set on the White House and could run as a Democratic candidate in future.

Off the back of a powerful speech Meghan gave to girls and young women at these year’s virtual Girl Up summit, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “Her speech by video link to the UN sponsored leadership campaign, Girl Up, was intended to inspire her audience.

“It was about organising to change things radically, alter power structures and not only have a debate about equality but be in charge of it.

“She urged her audience to challenge the norms saying we were on the ‘precipice of transformation’ at the moment and stressing how mutually beneficial true equality can be.

“Quoting the Dalai Lama who said ‘compassion is the radicalism of our time’, this was also a call to activism in several areas, support for Black Lives Matter, reform of the criminal justice system, more resources to tackle mental health issues and helping end gun violence.”

He added: There is no doubt whatever that this is the sort of speech that would fit perfectly if aimed at a political audience.

“There has always been speculation that this area attracted her, this has fuelled these rumours and as I listened to the speech I thought that it might well be a rehearsal for others on a far bigger stage.

“She has the talents and the experience in the public eye to be a Democratic Party candidate at some point in the future.

“She might intervene in the forthcoming Presidential Election.”

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