Meghan Markle Becomes First Modern Royal To Vote In US Elections
According to a source close to the royal couple who spoke to People, the Duchess of Sussex was “voting in this election,” although it remained unclear if she voted early or was going to head to her local polling station in Santa Barbara, California, this Tuesday in order to cast her vote.
Meghan, who is known for always being vocal about her political and social stances, has long been urging people to carry out their civic duty and vote in the November 3 elections. Now, it seems that she is leading by example.
The mother-of-one is not the first American to marry into the royal family, as previous Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson married the former British King Edward VIII. However, it is unknown whether she voted in any presidential election.
As reported by the Daily Express, another source close to Meghan and Prince Harry also confirmed the duchess was casting her ballot.
“I’m not going to get into methods or timing, but can confirm that the duchess is voting in this election,” the insider said.
Another friend added that the Sussexses have been following the events leading up to the election very closely and that they will likely watch the coverage and results at their California home, according to People.
“They have taken a keen interest in this election and I’m sure they are eagerly awaiting the outcome,” they said.
Harry, however, will have to sit this one out — he is not eligible for voting in the U.S. because he holds British nationality. The Duke of Sussex has not voted at all in his home country either, as the British royal family is expected to remain neutral in regard to political affairs so as not to sway voters in any direction. However, there is no law preventing them from voting in the United Kingdom.
“Many of you may not know that I haven’t been able to vote in the U.K. my entire life,” he said during a televised appearance in September to celebrate TIME‘s unveiling of the 2020 world’s most influential list.
“As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.”
During the same appearance, Meghan claimed this year’s election was the “most important” of our lifetime. As The Inquisitr reported, there is a chance Harry could vote by applying for American citizenship, though this would require him to renounce his royal title.