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Meghan Markle demands paid family leave in US ‘it’s not political’ | Royal | News

Meghan Markle recognised the Royal Family’s stance on political interference but defended her involvement in campaigning for a national paid leave policy in the US. The Duchess of Sussex spoke candidly about her firm belief that American citizens deserved access to a parental paid leave program, branding it a “humanitarian” issue rather than a political one. 

In a recent interview with The New York Times DealBook Online Summit, host Andrew Ross Sorkin asked if she had any “anxiety” about becoming involved in politics, she responded: “I don’t see this as a political issue, frankly.

“Look, there is certainly a precedent amongst my husband’s family and the royal family of not having any involvement in politics but I think this is, I mean, paid leave, from my standpoint, is a humanitarian issue.”

She was joined for the discussion, which was titled ‘Minding the Gap’ by Mellody Hobson, the co-CEO and president of Ariel Investments. 

The 40-year-old duchess would previously have been unable to campaign on political matters whilst she was a working member of the Royal Family. 

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As Head of State, the Queen remains strictly neutral on all political matters and expects members of the monarchy to follow suit. 

However, Meghan argued that when it came to matters of national paid leave, it is “one of those issues that is not red or blue” and that everybody is able to agree that new parents require support. 

She also acknowledged that the issue was sensitive to her given that she and Prince Harry had recently welcomed their baby daughter, Lilibet Diana. 

She said: “We had the luxury of being able to have had that time, not just for moms, but for fathers as well, to be with our newborn. And I think if this entire country, if we valued American families in that way, as we should, it sets us up for economic growth and success, but it also just really allows people to have that really sacred time as a family.”

In a 1,000-word letter, she stated that it was a “national right” for parents to receive paid leave without “stigma or penalty”.

She followed this by cold-calling a number of Republican female senators, introducing herself as the Duchess of Sussex. 

Speaking to Politico, Senator Susan Collins of Maine said: “I was happy to talk with her,” she said. “But I’m more interested in what the people of Maine are telling me about it.”

The duchess has always shown an interest in politics, and previously considered a political career after she graduated from studying International Relations at Northwestern University. 

She currently resides with Prince Harry in Montecito with their two young children, Archie Harrison, and Lilibet Diana. 

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