Meghan Markle boldly appealed to women in the US to take part in the upcoming presidential election. Speaking at an online voter summit about the need for “change”, she told attendees, “If we're not part of the solution, we're part of the problem. & # 39;
The 39-year-old made her stance on the 2020 presidential race incredibly clear when she reached out to spectators at the When All Women Vote Couch Party – an online event by the nonprofit When We All Vote founded by her friend & # 39; Michelle Obama.
Meghan appeared as the inaugural speaker at the summit, expressing her "enthusiasm" for attending, before telling the organization's stakeholders, "We need [your work] now more than ever."
Excuses: Meghan Markle urged women in the US to vote in the 2020 elections and said at a digital voter summit: "If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem."
Make a statement: The 39-year-old did not name the candidate she would like to vote for, but made her political stance clear and called on the summit to vote for "the change we all need".
“I'm really excited that you asked me to be a part of it,” began the mother of one, adding, “I think this is an extraordinary time [and I am] happy to be here for my friend Michelle his Obama's When We All Vote and the start of the When All Women Vote Couch Party. & # 39;
Speaking directly to the volunteers and workers hired for the summit, Meghan went on, "It's fair to say we are all very grateful for your work because we really need it now more than ever."
Although the Duchess of Sussex did not nominate the candidate she would like to vote for in the elections, she made it incredibly clear that she believes the current government needs to be changed and warned those attending the summit that “it so much work there is to be done before they cast their votes.
“When I think about voting and why it is so vitally important to all of us, I would put it this way: We are voting to honor those who came before us and to protect those who will come after us because that's what the community is about and that's what this election is all about, "she said.
“We are only 75 days away from Election Day and that is so close and yet there is so much to do at this time because we all know what this year is about.
“I know, I think you all know for sure. And if you are here with us at this fun event, you will be just as mobilized and full of energy to see the change we all need and deserve. & # 39;
The Duchess of Sussex then turned to the 19th Amendment, celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. At the same time, she pointed out that women of skin color had to wait decades longer to get the same right.
“And when we look at things today, even though it has taken decades longer for women of the same color to get the right to vote, we still see so many women in different communities who are marginalized and still struggling to have that right is realized. & # 39; She said. "And that's just not okay."
Meghan's appearance at the summit comes just a week after confirming her plans for the 2020 election while speaking with Marie Claire about the importance of the vote.
At the time, the Duchess also shared a poignant quote from New Zealand's most famous suffragist leader Kate Sheppard, which shows that both she and her husband have often referred to Prince Harry [her words] as an inspiration and guide.
Call to Action: Meghan warned summit attendees that "there is so much to do before the elections" because "we all know what this year is about".
Last Minute Addition: The mother's participation in the online event was only announced on Wednesday, one day before the event
"I know what it's like to have a voice and what it's like to feel voiceless," said Meghan.
“I also know that so many men and women have risked their lives so that we can be heard.
"And this opportunity, this fundamental right, lies in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to have all of our voices heard."
She then shared a quote from Sheppard – New Zealand's most outspoken suffragist leader whom Meghan previously quoted – stating that it was "one of her favorites" and "one that my husband and I have referred to many times".
"Don't think that your one voice doesn't matter much," the quote begins. "The rain that refreshes the parched ground consists of individual drops."
Meghan concluded, "That's why I agree."
The former suit star's decision to talk about her political plans marks another major break with royal tradition for Meghan. Members of the monarchy are traditionally expected to remain politically neutral and therefore not speak publicly about their opinions.
Meghan, who confirms to the world that she will vote in the presidential election, won't surprise those closest to her – especially after a royal source announced in January that the Duchess of Sussex was aiming to get more politically engaged after she and Prince Harry quit their roles as senior royals earlier this year.
At the time, an insider told the Daily Mail that Meghan had become "frustrated" because, as a high-ranking member of the monarchy, she could not be actively involved in politics and wanted to "exploit" her. the freedom to share their opinions with the world.
"The Duchess is said to be frustrated that she was forced to stay out of politics after she became engaged to Harry," the source said.
"She has strong political opinions and will now use the greater freedom she has to express them publicly."
Family! Meghan filmed her speech in the same corner of the $ 14.65 million Montecito house where she and Prince Harry appeared during a video call on Monday
Meghan did not reveal who she will vote for in the upcoming election. Before marrying Prince Harry, however, she was incredibly open about her dislike of President Donald Trump and branded him "Misogynist" and "divisive" during an interview in 2016, shortly after he won the election.
When Trump made an official state visit to the UK in June 2019, Meghan did not meet with the other royals to meet him – a move some royal sources claimed was her way of showing her disapproval of the president, albeit officially her absence was accused on the fact that she was still on maternity leave.
In November 2019, however, it was announced that Meghan had invited Hillary Clinton to visit her and baby Archie at Frogmore Cottage – the family home in the UK – where the two women are said to have enjoyed a "very warm, sweet" meeting.
However, Meghan's interview with Marie Claire isn't the first time she's spoken about the importance of voting. During an official visit to New Zealand with Prince Harry in 2018, the Duchess of Sussex celebrated the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage by quoting Sheppard again during a speech at Government House.
"The achievements of women in New Zealand who stood up for their right to vote and were the first in the world to win that right are widely admired," Meghan said at the time before praising the country's suffrage movement.
“Women's suffrage is not just about women's suffrage, but also about what it represents: the fundamental and fundamental rights of all people, including members of society, on grounds of race, gender, ethnicity or orientation marginalized to be able to participate in the decisions for their future and their community. & # 39;
Meghan concluded her speech with another quote from Sheppard: "Everything that divides, whether race, class, creed or gender, is inhuman and must be overcome."
The Marie Claire interview isn't the first time Meghan shares her favorite Sheppard quote, either.
During their official visit to New Zealand in November 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared the suffragist leader's words on Kensington Palace's official Instagram account as they posted a picture of Meghan cradling her baby bump while by giant redwood Trees in Rotorua.
Along with the quote from Sheppard, the couple thanked the New Zealanders for a "wonderful" visit.