Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah interview was a revelation of the practices of the English monarchy and gave an insight into the unfair treatment they meted out to the couple. Megan got candid and opened up about the racist hate against her, the deteriorating condition of her mental health, and suicidal tendencies during her stay in the royal family.
Post this interview, several hailed and applauded Meghan and Harry for speaking up and breaking the silence about their struggles. The interview in a way has also resurfaced and strengthened the speculations about Meghan contesting for President of the USA in 2024 and has gained limelight on a global platform.
But how did this speculation began?
In 2020, when Meghan and Harry stepped down from their royal family duties, a close friend of Meghan told the magazine Vanity Fair that the 39-year-old actress does have ambitions to pursue the White House.
“One of the reasons she was so keen not to give up her American citizenship was so she had the option to go into politics,” the unidentified friend told the magazine.
“I think if Meghan and Harry ever gave up their titles she would seriously consider running for president,” she added.
Omid Scobie, who is Megan’s biographer also previously claimed that the former actress “has her eyes set on the US presidency.”
Previously speaking in a documentary, he said “Meghan is the embodiment of the American dream. One day we may see Meghan become president,” the author of “Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family.”
Megan has always been politically vocal and has been seen as a feminist icon. But post her marriage into the royal family, she was compelled to tone down her political views due to the traditional practices of the royals to be politically neutral. In an interview with Marie Claire in August, the duchess referenced her frustration at having to be silenced and said she would be voting in the forthcoming election. “I know what it’s like to have a voice, and also what it’s like to feel voiceless,” she said. “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.”
What is the current scenario about the presidential ambitions of Meghan Markle?
After the Oprah interview, speculations state that Meghan Markle may decide to run for the US presidency in 2024 if the current president Joe Biden decides against running for the second term. If she is successful, it will make a huge impact as she would be the first female US president.
A senior UK politician who has close connections to Washington and has served under former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair revealed that Meghan has been openly networking among senior Democrats. She is looking forward to building a campaign, as well as fundraising teams, for the White House.
“The Blairite, internationalist and Democratic Party networks are buzzing with talk about Meghan’s political ambitions and potential backers,” the anonymous source told the UK paper.