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‘Wouldn’t surprise me!’ Meghan Markle’s half-brother says Duchess could run for President

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Meghan Markle, 40, has made no secret about her progressive politics in recent years. During the Donald Trump years, the Duchess of Sussex labelled the 45th President “divisive” during his successful 2016 campaign.

Four years later, she implored US voters to “reject hate speech” in the 2020 race that saw former Vice President Joe Biden win the race to the White House.

But the Duchess’ interest in progressive campaigns has often led to speculation Ms Markle could be eyeing up a move to elected politics in the future.

Royal biographer Tom Bower said in March, the Duchess is “likely” to launch a campaign for the White House.

“The prospect of Meghan running for president is possible and I’d even say likely,” he said.

“I really believe it’s where she sees herself going.”

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However, Ms Markle’s half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr, recently added further to the speculation after claiming the Duchess could throw her hat into the ring.

The 55-year-old told Australia’s New Idea magazine: “She obviously has that personality and that determination and drive… it wouldn’t surprise me [if she ran for President].”

Mr Markle, a window fitter from Oregon, added: “I just know, whatever endeavour she endures and puts her hands on, she will do good things.

“I wish her the best of luck, but absolutely if that’s what she’s going to put her sights on, she’ll go for it.”

The news comes after Ms Markle became the first member of the modern British Royal Family to vote in the US when she cast her ballot in the 2020 US Presidential Election.

While Ms Markle would be the first member of the Firm to cross over into politics, she would not be the first to move from Hollywood to Washington.

Ronald Reagan switched from acting in productions such as the 1951 hit movie Bedtime for Bonzo to the Oval Office when he defeated Jimmy Carter to become the 40th US President in 1980.

Similarly, Austrian-born bodybuilder and Kindergarten Cop actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was the last Republican to be elected as Governor of the Sussexes’ home state, California.

Despite the success of Reagan and Schwarzenegger in the Golden State, California is now a true blue progressive state that hasn’t voted for the GOP’s candidate for the White House since George HW Bush in 1988.

A previous report speculating the Duchess’ political ambitions in Vanity Fair suggested the former Suits star did not want to give up her American citizenship when she tied the knot with Harry in 2018 so she could keep open the option to enter US politics in the future.

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However, constitutional experts claim the Duchess must renounce her royal title if she wants to run for elected office in the future.

Otherwise, it could be seen as coming in direct conflict with the American oath of allegiance.

While Betfair put Donald Trump at 3/1 to win the 2024 US Election, the bookmakers put Ms Markle’s chances at 150/1.

Betfair puts the incumbent President Joe Biden at 4/1 and has his running-mate Kamala Harris at 5/1.

While Mr Bower believes Markle could enter the race to 270, he also suggests she could struggle.

“They’re probably the public figures who face the most backlash,” he said.

“I really think she would struggle.

Bower added: “She’d need to learn to take the heat.”

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