Meghan Markle reportedly felt ‘frustrated’ that she was forced to stay out of politics as a working member of the royal family.
The royals have long been neutral parties when it comes to world politics, speaking out about humanitarian causes and aid efforts, but choosing not to comment on the political landscape around them.
It was one of the trademarks of royal life that Meghan struggled with most, having been a vocal and politically engaged figure before she married Prince Harry in 2018.
“The Duchess is said to be frustrated that she was forced to stay out of politics after getting engaged to Harry,” a source told the Daily Mail.
But with the couple now stepping back from their royal roles, there is room for Meghan to once again use her voice to support or oppose the politics around her, including the 2020 US presidential election.
“She has strong political opinions and will now take advantage of the greater freedom she has to express them publicly,” the source added.
In 2015 she spoke at a United Nations event and made her opinions known, proudly telling the audience: “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”
During the last US election in 2016, Meghan was openly against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling him “misogynistic” and “divisive”.
She even claimed that if Trump won the election she would seriously consider remaining in Canada, where she lived with filming TV drama Suits, rather than returning to her native US.
And when he visited the UK last year Meghan was notably absent from any of his meetings with the royal family, though she was on maternity leave with then-newborn Archie at the time.
Now history seems to be repeating itself, the duchess currently staying in Canada as Trump ramps up his 2020 election campaign, and Meghan may use her voice to oppose his more abrasive comments in the coming months.
But don’t expect to see her in the streets protesting Trump’s re-election or tweeting angrily about him, or any other political figure.
Just because she and Harry have more political freedom doesn’t mean they can become political activists overnight.
The couple are still expected to “uphold the Queen’s values” and it’s unlikely Her Majesty would support any royals – working or otherwise – making bold political statements without her permission.
Still, it’s not hard to imagine Meghan using her status and reach to support the political issues most important to her, especially women’s issues.
On the Sussex royal website the duchess is described as: “deeply committed to advancing gender equity, empowering women and girls, and working within the community on a grassroots level to encourage women to recognise their inherent value.”
And it looks like we’ll be seeing more of that in the coming months and years.