In a video from the American magazine Time, side by side, are Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his American wife, Meghan Markle. During a special broadcast from the American station ABC, which revealed the list of 2020 TIME 100, the list of the 100 most influential people in the world, the couple spoke of the importance of voting in the American presidentials, scheduled for November 3.
It all happened on the National Voter Registration Day, which was celebrated this Tuesday; a day dedicated to drawing attention to the registration of American citizens so that they can vote in elections. “We are only six weeks away from election day (…) and every year they tell us the same thing: that these are the most important elections of our lives – but this is it,” says Meghan Markle in the video.
Meghan explains why it is crucial to vote: “When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard”. The American says that each person’s voice recalls the importance of each citizen, saying that the voices deserve to be heard.
“I will not be able to vote in these elections in the United States,” says Harry. “And many of you may not know that I haven’t been able to vote in the UK my whole life” – because I don’t have American nationality and because members of the royal family have to remain politically neutral – remembering that it is “vital to reject hate speech, disinformation and negativity online “.
For the couple, negativity on social networks, and a little throughout the online sphere, generates more negativity, which grows “exponentially”. “It is time to not only reflect, but also to act,” he says at the beginning of the video.
“As we imagine the world around us, we will challenge ourselves to build communities of compassion,” ends Meghan Markle.
Enter political territory
This stance breaks the strict protocol followed by members of the British royal family, which recommends neutrality in matters of politics – even if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have withdrawn from their roles in the royal family.
In January of this year they moved to Santa Barbara, in the state of California, in the United States and, according to Time magazine, the couple has been increasingly involved in civic issues and issues that are dear to them, such as climate change. .
Time magazine recalls that it is not new for the British crown to be involved in politics. Isabel II herself, in 2003, appealed to the Welsh vote, saying that it was vital for “our democratic institutions to flourish”. A year later, in relation to the Scottish referendum, he asked voters “to think about their future”.
Markle is determined to make history as the first member of the British royal family to vote publicly. In August of this year, Meghan statements to Marie Claire magazine, explained why she wanted to vote for the US presidencies. “I know what it’s like to have a voice and what it feels like to be without it,” he said. “I also know that many men and women have put their lives at risk so that we can be heard. And that opportunity, this fundamental right, is in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to make all our voices heard ”.
In 2016, two years before marrying the English queen’s grandson, Meghan Markle criticized then-White House candidate Donald Trump, saying he was “misogynistic” and “divisive”.