Meghan Markle Reveals Why She's Voting In 2020
Meghan Markle has spoken out on why she's voting in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The Duchess was one of 100 influential women who shared their views with Marie Claire in a piece published on Aug. 11. In sharing her perspective, Meghan reflected on the "fundamental right" that is voting and quoted New Zealand suffragist Kate Sheppard. Read on to see her message.
The Duchess of Sussex has November 2020 on her mind.
On Tuesday, Meghan Markle featured in the Marie Claire piece "100 Influential Women on Why They're Voting in the 2020 Election." The outlet spoke with Meghan — and other influential figures including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey — to inspire readers to register to vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
Why Meghan Markle is voting in the 2020 election
Meghan, who received a spotlighted graphic in the article, 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."
She continued: "One of my favorite 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."
Duchess Meghan's political post-royal activity
Meghan previously quoted Kate Sheppard during a speech she gave in New Zealand on women's right to vote. "All that separates, whether of race, class, creed or sex, is inhuman and must be overcome," she concluded the 2018 speech, again quoting Sheppard's words.
Commentators have highlighted that the Duchess's latest political address is an uncommon one for a member of the British Royal Family. She doesn't state a political affiliation in her Marie Claire message, but Meghan is on record as being a critic of U.S. President Donald Trump, calling him "misogynistic" and "divisive" in a 2016 interview.
Since stepping down as senior royals, Meghan and Prince Harry have focused their efforts on select charity work and political causes against online hate speech and racial inequalities — unfamiliar territory for royals, even if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex now operate at a distance from the Royal Family.