Meghan Markle is exercising her rights! The Duchess of Sussex is making British Royal family history by being the first to vote in a U.S. Presidential election.
A source confirmed to Bazaar.com that Markle would be voting in the 2020 election, though there is no word on who will be receiving her vote.
After stepping down from their senior royal duties this past spring, Markle, an LA native, and her husband Prince Harry moved to Montecito, California. The couple has faced scrutiny and negative statements in the tabloids and even from her own family members.
Some of this backlash may have even compelled Markle to cast her ballot. ”I know what it’s like to have a voice, and also what it’s like to feel voiceless,” said Markle in an interview about voting with Marie Claire. “I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard. And that opportunity, that fundamental right, is in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to make all of our voices heard.”
Prince Harry will not be able to vote in the U.S. election (he can't even vote in the U.K. because of royal etiquette) so Markle will have to hit the polls alone. But despite his lack of experience, the prince still stressed the importance of voting. During a TV appearance in September for the Time100 list—which the couple were chosen for in 2018—the royal couple encouraged Americans to practice their civic duty and let their voices be heard.
"As we approach this November, it's vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity,” Prince Harry said during the special. “What we consume, what we are exposed to, and what we engage with online, has a real effect on all of us."
Follow in the Duchess’s lead and get out there and vote!