Meghan Markle plans to vote in November elections

Meghan Markle plans to vote in November elections
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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, also known as Meghan MarkleMeghan MarkleDoes Kamala Harris's music matter? Prince Harry and Meghan sign Netflix production deal 'The West Wing' cast to reunite for Michelle Obama's voter registration initiative MORE, says that she plans to vote in the upcoming U.S. elections.

Markle, a U.S. citizen who was born in Los Angeles, opened up about her decision in an article featured in Marie Claire's August digital issue on Tuesday. 

"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."


The duchess went on to quote New Zealand suffragist Kate Sheppard. 

"'Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops,'" Markle quoted. "That is why I vote."

The former "Suits" actor did not specify whom she will support, but she publicly voiced her opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE before joining the royal family in 2016, calling him "divisive" and "misogynistic." 

The move is something of a break in tradition for British royals, who historically have remained apolitical.

Markle married Prince Harry, who is sixth in line to the British throne, in 2018. The couple announced their decision to step down as working, senior members of the royal family earlier this year and relocated to Los Angeles. 


The two have since devoted their time to a number of charitable endeavors and have spoken out on issues ranging from technology to human rights. 

Markle last month made her first public speech since her decision to step down as a senior royal at the Girl Up’s Leadership Summit, urging listeners to take on powerful institutions. 

“Those in the halls and corridors and places of power, from lawmakers to world leaders and executives — all of those people, they depend on you more than you will ever depend on them,” she said. “And here’s the thing, they know this.”

Markle is set to moderate a discussion for the 19th Represents Virtual Summit on Friday. Other speakers at the event include former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisScott Walker helping to prep Pence for debate against Harris: report California family frustrated that governor, Harris used fire-damaged property for 'photo opportunity' Moderna releases coronavirus vaccine trial plan as enrollment pushes toward 30,000 MORE (D-Calif.), Melinda Gates and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.