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Royal Family LIVE: Meghan Markle and Harry use 17-year-old Queen comments to defend action

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Meghan and Prince Harry have openly spoken of the US election ahead of yesterday’s vote. While the Duchess of Sussex invited people to register to vote to make their voices heard, the Duke urged people to reject misinformation and hate in the run-up to November 3, remarks seen by many as an endorsement for Democrat candidate Joe Biden. 

US citizens, including Meghan, have now cast their ballot and are expecting to hear who will their president be for the next four years.

However, Team Sussex has already warned Meghan and Harry’s activism is not going to end with this vote.

A spokesperson for the couple told Insider: “Obviously it is at a very important part of the American election cycle at the moment, but that doesn’t mean it’s specific to this time.

“Part of being an active member of society is to take part in the democratic process. 

“So encouraging people to get involved in politics is something that is important.”

Meghan and Harry’s spokesperson even emphasised Meghan and Harry aren’t the first two royals to publicly speak about politics.

Referring to remarks made by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 and 2014, they said: “The Queen herself, for example, encouraged people to use their right to vote when there was a referendum in Scotland and when there was an election in Wales.” 

“While potentially controversial, it is not a brand-new thing.”

The Queen voiced her concern at the low turnout of the Welsh election in the early 2000s in a speech at the local Assembly.

In 2014, ahead of the independence referendum in Scotland, the Queen made a rare political remark while speaking to a well-wisher in Aberdeen, expressing hope voters would “think carefully about the future”.

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8am update: Meghan Markle ‘voted by post’ in US election 2020 despite royal protocol

Meghan Markle voted by post in the 2020 US election, a source has claimed.

According to the insider the Duchess cast her ballot early ahead of election day.

The insider told Page Six: “Meghan was an American long before she was a royal.

“She wouldn’t miss voting in this election no matter where she was living.” 

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