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Meghan Markle more popular with young people ‘because she isn’t an English aristocrat’

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Meghan and Prince Harry’s decision to quit as senior royals and the Duchess of Sussexes’ US background have helped to make the couple more popular among youngsters, according to Republic CEO Graham Smith. The anti-monarchy commentator, who campaigns for the election of Britain’s head of state, said recent polls have shown Meghan and Harry are liked by Millennials and members of Generation Z way more than by the older generations.

And this, he believes, is because they speak about topics resonating with younger people.

However, Meghan and Harry’s focus on mental health and stance against racism may not be the only reason behind the younger generations’ attraction for the couple, as these issues have also become the centrepiece also of Kate and Prince William’s work.

Asked whether Kate and William’s work and campaigns on mental health could help the Royal Family become more relatable to younger generations, Mr Smith told “To some people I think, but I think Meghan and Harry are very different to William and Kate.

“I think the fact that they have left, the fact that Meghan isn’t an English aristocrat, that she is American, that they have gone to the States… creates a different image.

“It’s all very well William getting involved in these issues but I don’t think it’s going to make a whole world of difference.

“He still comes across as his father’s son and I think that that will always be the case.”

Meghan was born and bred in California and started being conscious about social issues when she was just a child.

Aged 11, she wrote a complaint letter to Procter & Gamble after she found its Ivory dishwashing soap advert sexist.

She also penned letters on this issue to the then US First Lady Hillary Clinton, journalist Linda Ellerbee, and women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred.

Recalling the experience during a speech for International Women’s Day in 2015, the now Duchess said: “A few weeks went by and to my surprise I received letters of encouragement from Hillary Clinton, from Linda Ellerbee, and from Gloria Allred.

“It was amazing. The kids’ news show, they sent a camera crew to my home to cover the story, and it was roughly a month later when the soap manufacturer, Proctor & Gamble, changed the commercial for their ivory clear dishwashing liquid.

“They changed it from ‘Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans’ to ‘People all over America’.

“It was at that moment that I realised the magnitude of my actions.

“At the age of 11 I had created my small level of impact by standing up for equality”.

Meghan and Prince Harry officially stepped down as senior royals at the end of March 2020.

They have since touched upon issues members of the Royal Family normally don’t discuss.

Following the death of George Floyd, Meghan delivered an impassioned speech to the Immaculate Heart High School class of 2020.

Speaking to the young students, she recalled the LA riots in the early 90s and urged teenagers to use their education to “be part of rebuilding” the US society.

Meghan and Harry also spoke about having “uncomfortable” conversations and to “acknowledge the past” during a video call with young leaders and members of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also touched upon the topic of the 2020 US Presidential Elections.

Over the summer of 2020, Meghan spoke about the importance of making people’s voices heard by casting a ballot.

And in a video filmed in September for Time 100, Meghan called the upcoming ballot the “most important election of our lifetime”, while Prince Harry urged to reject hate and misinformation.

In late 2020, the couple launched Archewell, their organisation comprising a not-for-profit foundation, a video production company and an audio production company.

Archewell Productions has so far announced Harry will be the executive producer of a series focused a group of Invictus Games competitors.

Meghan, on the other hand, is to be the creator and co-executive producer of Pearl, an animation series following the adventures of a young girl inspired by a variety of influential women throughout history.

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