First Duchess of Sussex, then President of the United States? That could be the career path for Meghan Markle, who is now rumored to be building connections within the Democratic Party for a potential 2024 presidential bid.
As reported by the Daily Mail, a UK tabloid, a senior Labour Party official and “veteran of Tony Blair’s Downing Street administration with strong links to Washington” claims Markle used her latest interview with Oprah Winfrey as a springboard into the American political scene.
Markle, who has publicly expressed support for many liberal policies, was “networking among senior Democrats with a view to building a campaign and fundraising teams for a tilt at the US Presidency,” the Dail Mail reports.
“The Blairite, internationalist and Democratic party networks are buzzing with talk about Meghan’s political ambitions and potential backers,” the source told the outlet.
And, there’s evidence to suggest this is true.
According to the report, the California native retained her American citizenship when she married into the Royal Family as she previously mentioned wanting a political career.
This allows her to meet the constitutional requirements to hold the office of the presidency— being at least 35 years old (the Duchess of Sussex is 39 years old) and being a resident of the United States for 14 years.
The Daily Mail reports, however, that Markle would have to denounce her British title, should she win:
US constitutional experts responded that she would have to renounce her title if she wanted to hold public office in the States, because it would cut across the US oath of allegiance.
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Buckingham Palace tried to distance the Royal Family from the remarks made during the US election by issuing a statement saying that ‘the Duke is not a working member of the Royal Family’ and describing his comments as ‘made in a personal capacity’.
The source added that the presumption was that the Duchess was eyeing 2024, when President Joe Biden will be 82 and deciding whether he wants to run for a second term.