Meghan Markle tipped to be ‘well positioned’ for future political career ‘Building a base’

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MEGHAN MARKLE is “building a base” which could help her step into the political arena, according to an expert.

Brand and reputation management expert Eric Schiffer discussed whether Meghan would have a chance to hold an office position in the US.

The California-based expert told Express.co.uk: “The reality is that her chances of holding any kind of serious office position today are the same as the Crown choosing to give Harry and Meghan back full access to the royal palace.

“It’s just not on the cards.”

Meghan Markle smiling in a green dress

Meghan Markle’s interest in running for office has been discussed in recent months (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle reportedly cold called US senators in November last year (Image: GETTY)

However, he added, Meghan is “building a base” right now through her activism and charitable work focused on female empowerment, gender and racial equity.

This growing support and the “work she is doing with young people”, the expert said, “position Meghan well” for a political career “over the next 20 years”.

Mr Schiffer then referred to Prince Harry’s speech to the UN delivered in July, during which the Duke of Sussex appeared to criticise the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion rights.

Comparing Meghan and Harry’s decision to speak out on this cause close to their heart, the expert added: “The abortion issue is much more credible coming from her.”

Meghan Markle smiling in a white dress

Meghan Markle spoke about voter registration in the US during the summer of 2020 (Image: GETTY)

Meghan remained strictly politically neutral during her time as a working member of the Firm, as required by royal protocol.

After stepping down from this role in the spring of 2020 alongside her husband, the Duchess started speaking openly about voter registration and voting rights in the US.

She joined feminist Gloria Steinem in the summer of 2020 to cold call Americans and urge them to vote in the November 2020 Presidential Election.

With Harry, Meghan also sat down to film a video for Time 100 weeks before the vote, calling the upcoming election “the most important of our lifetime”.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry posing for a picture in New York

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have established their new lives outside of the Firm in California (Image: GETT)

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Meghan Markle voiced her views on the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry also touched upon the vote and, after acknowledging he never voted in the UK given his position in British society, he asked Americans to “reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity”.

In November 2021, it emerged Meghan had cold called US senators while introducing herself as the Duchess of Sussex to lobby in favour of paid parental leave.

More recently, the Duchess spoke about abortion rights and her battle to see the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified in a joint interview with Ms Steinem.

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade and while discussing who could next be affected by a similar ruling by the court judges, Meghan told Vogue: “It feels like the tip of the iceberg and is part of why people feel so scared.

“We have to channel that fear into action. We can start this November in the midterms.

“I know hearing that feels so repetitive, but we have to vote, every time, from local elections to state and national elections.”

The Duchess also said to be “feeling energized and motivated” following her return to California and to be ready to fight for the ratification of the ERA, a proposed amendment designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex.

After Ms Steinem added “we should put the pressure on the White House and Congress” to ratify this proposed amendment, Meghan said: “Well, Gloria, maybe it seems as though you and I will be taking a trip to DC together soon.”

Meghan Markle smiling while Prince Harry looks on

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no longer senior royals (Image: GETTY)

A recent Democracy Institute/Express.co.uk tracker poll suggested Meghan may be a palatable candidate for the Democrats should she decide to run for office soon.

The analysis showed people polled selecting Meghan as the second most popular choice among women to run for the party in the 2024 Presidential Election.

The poll, which surveyed 1,500 likely American voters between August 2 and 4, saw 41 percent of voters naming Michelle Obama as the person that should go head to head with Donald Trump, if he decides to run again for the presidency, in a two-year time.

Mrs Obama was followed, at 19 percent, by Meghan, with Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez following in the third position with 14 percent.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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