Speculation surrounding Meghan’s desire to step into politics has been swirling, despite the Duchess of Sussex never publicly voicing a desire to become a career politician. However, her impassioned support for important causes such as voter registration and high-profile friendship among leaders in the US Democratic Party have led some commentators and royal watchers to discuss the possibility of Meghan joining the political arena.
While Meghan and Harry tick many of the boxes needed for a political move – most notably a global influence and important contacts – royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams believes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are missing an apparent harmony with their families.
Family tensions “would not look good” if Meghan decided to launch a political career, he said.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Fitzwilliams claimed: “Rumours have long been circulating that Meghan has political ambitions.
“If she were to aim for a political career, it would link with her philanthropic activities and also Harry’s in areas such as mental health, diversity, gender equality and the environment.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry live in California
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the cover of Time magazine
He added: “There is little doubt she is articulate and committed and they have contacts which include top figures in the Democratic Party.
“However if she wishes a caring, philanthropic image which appeals to the electorate, it is essential to have some family support.”
The royal commentator went on saying the Duchess is known to be very close to her mother, Doria Ragland.
However, she is believed to be “estranged from her own family”, he said.
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Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, described as “deeply destructive” by Mr Fitzwilliams, is also believed to have had an impact on the bond between the Sussexes and the Firm.
The expert went on claiming: “This would not look good on any campaign trail.
“Before she puts any political ambitions to the fore, she and Harry need to reconcile with the Royal Family, who have the highest profile globally of any royal family with the Queen being the world’s most respected head of state.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry launched Archewell in late 2020
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no longer senior royals
As it was announced on Prince Harry’s 37th birthday earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess have been included in the Time100 Most Influential People List which, compiled every year by the US magazine, includes 100 of the people who have had the biggest impact, positive or negative, on the world over the previous 12 months.
Meghan and Harry are also appearing on one of the seven front covers of the Time magazine issue celebrating the List.
Moreover, they penned a feature praising another person included in the Time’s List and on one of the other front covers – Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who was appointed in March Director-General of the World Trade Organization.
Speaking about Meghan and Harry’s latest achievement, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “There is no doubt that to appear on a cover of Time magazine and be among their top 100 is a very considerable boost for Harry and Meghan.”
Meghan and Harry officially stepped down as senior royals at the end of March last year.
They have since built their global brand and launched Archewell, an organisation encompassing a non-profit Foundation and their production powerhouse, set to create audio and video programmes exclusively for Netflix and Spotify.
The Sussexes have also supported a series of initiatives and causes, including the one of vaccine equity.
And earlier this week Prince Harry teamed up with US First Lady Dr Jill Biden to honour veterans and service personnel meant to attend the cancelled Warrior Games.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are believed to be close to the Bidens and the Obamas
In 2021, the Duke and Duchess also publicly spoke about their relationship with some members of the Royal Family and voiced their struggles as senior royals.
Their remarks, which included claims of racism and neglect, reportedly worsened the already strained relationship between Prince Harry and Prince William.
However, the Sussexes made it clear their relationship with the Queen remains good, with the Duke of Sussex telling Ms Winfrey: “My grandmother and I have a really good relationship and an understanding.
“And I have a deep respect for her. She’s my Colonel-In-Chief, right? She always will be.”
Similarly, in the statements issued by Buckingham Palace following Megxit and regarding the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes, the monarch declared Meghan, Harry and their children remain much-loved members of the Royal Family.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK