MEGHAN MARKLE is free to discuss US politics as an American citizen living in her country – where the Queen has no sovereignty, an expert said.
Meghan has been accused by a few royal commentators of putting the Crown in a dire position as she steps into the political debate by urging US citizens to cast their ballot in November. However, US royal historian Marlene Koenig believes the Duchess of Sussex is neither breaching royal protocol nor endangering the Queen’s position.
She told Express.co.uk: “Meghan has been discussing voting and voter registration.
“She is not saying to vote for a particular candidate.
“Moreover, she is living in the US, as a US citizen, as a non-working royal.
“Her statements or conversations do not clash with the British Constitution, the monarchy and the members of the Royal Family refraining from discussing British politics.
“The Queen is not the sovereign of the US.
“Thus, the Duchess of Sussex’s statements have nothing to do with the UK, so she is not violating the role of a royal in the UK.”
Over the past few weeks, Meghan has attended a series of events focused on registering to vote and bringing more women to the ballot on November 3.
The Duchess also clearly signalled she will vote, despite members of the Royal Family usually abstain to exercise this right.
After Meghan took part in the When All Women Vote virtual event, organised by the group launched by Michelle Obama When We All Vote, talkRADIO host and The Sun commentator Dan Wootton accused Meghan of “inappropriate” behaviour.
He wrote on Twitter: “Extraordinary! Meghan now actively campaigning against Donald Trump.
“Completely inappropriate and a massive diplomatic embarrassment for the Queen and British Royal Family, whose entire success and longevity is based on staying out of party politics.”
However, Meghan did not mention US President Mr Trump in her public appearances as the Duchess of Sussex.
During the When All Women Vote event, Meghan simply hinted at the importance of the upcoming election saying: “We’re only 75 days away from Election Day, and that is so very close and yet there’s so much work to be done in that amount of time because we all know what’s at stake this year. I know it.”
The Duchess also said choosing not to vote would make people “complicit”.
She continued: “So you know it’s interesting we are obviously faced with a lot of problems in our world right now, both in the physical world and in the digital world.
“But we can and must do everything we can to ensure all women have their voices heard.
“Because at this juncture, if we aren’t part of the solution, we are part of the problem.
“If you aren’t going out there and voting, then you’re complicit.
“If you’re complacent, you’re complicit.”
Meghan mentioned the decision of senior royals not to vote in elections not to sway the public opinion during a virtual summit hosted by The 19th*.
She said: “I look at my husband for example.
“He’s never been able to vote, and I think it’s such an interesting thing to say the right to vote is not a privilege, it is a right in itself.”
Meghan and Harry stepped down as senior royals in late March and have become financially independent from the Royal Family and no longer accept funds from the Sovereign Grant and Prince Charles.
As announced earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also repaid in full the £2.4 million paid through the Grant to renovate Frogmore Cottage.