MEGHAN Markle said she knew “what it’s like to feel voiceless” today as she revealed she would be voting in the 2020 US elections.
The Duchess of Sussex urged others to “exercise their fundamental right” as America heads to the polls in November.
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The 39-year-old, who is currently living in LA with husband Prince Harry, revealed to Marie Claire in a rare interview: “I know what it’s like to have a voice, and also what it’s like to feel voiceless.
“I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard.”
The former actress, who has increasingly voiced her opinion on issues of equality and race since leaving the Royal Family, added: “That opportunity, that fundamental right, is in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to make all of our voices heard.”
During the interview, the self-proclaimed feminist also referred to a quote by Kate Sheppard, a famous suffragette who lived in New Zealand in the 1800s.
Sharing a quote from the campaigner, she said: “Do not think your single vote does not matter much.
“The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops.”
Meghan added: “That is why I vote.”
The star did not state who she would be voting for in the election, which will see Donald Trump campaign for a second term up against Democrat Joe Biden.
However, during Mr Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign LA-born Meghan accused him of being “misogynistic” and “divisive” and pledged to vote for his rival Hillary Clinton.
It comes after High Court legal papers – filed in the battle between Meghan and the publishers of the Mail on Sunday – said the duchess felt “unprotected” by the Royal Family while pregnant with son Archie and was unable to defend herself against false claims.
The court case has seen Meghan sue the paper after a letter to her estranged father Thomas Markle was published.
But Meghan and Harry have been involved in a number of speeches since quitting the Royal Family this year, just last month urging the public to acknowledge the Commonwealth’s “uncomfortable” past.
Details about the couple’s life have been laid bare in the biography Finding Freedom.
And author Omid Scobie said it was Meghan who had been helping Harry on his “journey to wokeness”.
He said: “We’ve seen him learning and educating himself along the way, but this experience of witnessing Meghan face racist remarks and commentary would have been the first time he’d seen someone in his life or someone he was particularly close to affected by it in a certain way.”
It has previously been reported that Meghan struggled with not having a voice after joining the Royal Family – who generally do not speak about political issues.
But since moving to LA, she has given a number of online speeches – including one that urged people to make those in power “feel uneasy” and challenge the “status quo” until it “snaps”.