MEGHAN Markle has been cold-calling US voters ahead of November’s presidential election, Gloria Steinem has said.
Ms Markle, who stepped back from royal duties alongside her husband Prince Harry when they moved to Los Angeles in March, sat down with the 86-year-old for a “backyard chat” last month, according to the Daily Mail.
During the discussion, the two discussed a range of issues facing the US in the upcoming election, including women’s rights, voter suppression and representation.
The former Suits star was raised in Los Angeles, and Ms Steinem revealed to Access Hollywood last week that the Duchess said that she has been cold-calling Americans to urge them to vote in November.
Ms Steinem said: “She came home to vote. The first thing we did, and why she came to see me, was we sat at the dining room table where I am right now and we cold-called voters.
“Said ‘hello I’m Meg’ and ‘hello I’m Gloria’ and ‘are you going to vote?’ That was her initiative.”
Ms Steinem, described the 39-year-old as “smart” and “political” and added that she had the royal “stereotype hanging over her head.”
Since stepping back from royal duty in March, Ms Markle has become more outspoken on politics, and has repeatedly highlighted the importance of voting in the upcoming US election.
Earlier in the year, an insider told the Mail that Ms Markle had become “frustrated” with the constraints of being a royal, as members of the family are generally expected to be politically neutral.
“The Duchess is said to be frustrated that she was forced to stay out of politics after getting engaged to Harry,” the source said.
“She has strong political opinions and will now take advantage of the greater freedom she has to express them publicly,” they added.