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Meghan Markle vows to 'keep speaking about politics after US election'

Entertainment - By Mirror | November 5th 2020 at 12:30:00 GMT +0300
Meghan Markle will continue her 'political activism' after the US election (Image: Getty Images)

Meghan Markle has hinted that she will continue to be involved in politics after the US election.

The Duchess of Sussex broke a centuries-old royal protocol by voting in this year's election - the first member of the royal family to do so, it is understood.

Meghan cast her vote in an early mail ballot after she reportedly "couldn't wait" to take part in the US presidential election.

Members of the Firm are legally allowed to vote in elections, but they don't as the British monarchy is meant to be politically neutral.

Meghan is said to have voted in the US election by mail (Image: PA)

But since quitting their senior roles and moving to the US, Meghan and Prince Harry have spoken openly about politics.

And Meghan's spokesperson hinted that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to openly speak about politics after the US election

The spokesperson told Insider : "Part of being an active member of society is to take part in the democratic process.

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"So encouraging people to get involved in politics is something that is important.

"Obviously it is at a very important part of the American election cycle at the moment, but that doesn't mean it's specific to this time."

Speaking about casting her vote in the US election, a source told Page Six: "Meghan was an American long before she was a royal. She wouldn’t miss voting in this election no matter where she was living."

Prince Harry and Meghan have been vocal about the US election (Image: Getty Images)

King Edward VIII's intention to marry divorcée and socialite Wallis Simpson caused a constitutional crisis that led to his abdication.

Like Meghan, Mrs Simpson was also born in America but it is unclear if she ever voted.

Speaking to ABC for its Time100 special in September, the former Hollywood actress said: "Every four years, we’re told, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action, and our voices are heard."

Harry, meanwhile, said: "Many of you may not know that I haven’t been able to vote in the UK my entire life."

He courted some controversy by adding: "As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.

"What we consume, what we are exposed to, and what we engage with online, has a real effect on all of us."

Harry's recent comments seemed to some as an endorsement for Democrat Joe Biden (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

This was deemed by some to have been an endorsement for Democrat Joe Biden.

Royal aides told The Sunday Times at the time that the remarks may have broken the terms of their 'Megxit' arrangement, leaving the Royal Family "wringing their hands".

Following their bombshell quitting statement in January, the Queen, Charles and William laid out a list of logistical terms for the Sussexes' new non-royal lives.

In agreeing to it the couple vowed to ensure "everything they do will uphold the values of Her Majesty", which includes remaining politically neutral.

"The feeling is it's a violation of the agreement,' one source said.

They suggested that a breach of the agreement would likely hinder Harry's chances of renewing his connections with the military posts he holds dear, such as the Royal Marines.

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