A princess took part in the 2020 presidential election.
Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex and the wife of Prince Harry, were the first modern royal members to vote in a US presidential election, Fox News can confirm.
A source close to the 39-year-old former actress also told People magazine that Markle “is voting in this election,” but did not reveal whether she voted early or plans to vote on Tuesday. .
Members of the royal family were often encouraged to avoid speaking publicly about politics, meaning they did not participate in elections either. Markle is one of the very few US citizens – including Wallis Simpson, who died in 1986 – to join the royal family.
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The royal family was very outspoken in encouraging Americans to vote, revealing in August that she planned to vote.
The Duchess of Sussex told Marie Claire magazine: “I know what it feels like to have a voice and what it feels like to have no voice. “I also know that a lot of men and women have put their lives in order for us to be heard. And that opportunity, that fundamental right, lies within our ability to exercise the right to vote and makes all of our voices heard. “
She added: “One of my favorite sayings, and one that says my husband [Prince Harry] And I often say, from Kate Sheppard, a leader in the New Zealand suffering movement who said, ‘Don’t think your single ballot doesn’t matter. Rain that refreshes the arid ground is made up of small droplets. ‘That’s why I vote. “
Harry, 36, recently encouraged Americans to vote with his wife.
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In September, the couple appeared on ABC and were introduced without a royal title as they were honored in a celebration for TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Harry started this segment by encouraging people to be kind online and offline and avoid getting drawn into pre-election negatives.
“The time has come to not only reflect, but act,” he announced.
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Markle mixed in and said, “We have six weeks until the election and today is Voter Registration Day. Every four years, we are told the same thing, ‘This is the most important election in our life.’ But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices heard.
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“Your voice is a reminder that you’re important,” said the former Suits star. “Because you do and you deserve to be heard.”
Fox News’s Naledi Ushe and Jessica Napoli contributed to this report