What Some Politicians Want The Royal Family To Do About Meghan Markle

The world became enamored with Meghan Markle when she and Prince Harry announced their engagement in 2017. The couple made headlines across the globe for their engagement, royal wedding, and of course, the news of their first child, son Archie. However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex quickly began to shake up the royal family, per Now To Love. In March 2019, the pair split their household with that of Harry's older brother Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, a move that left some fans a bit confused.

Of course, the most shocking moment came in early 2020 when Meghan and Harry announced their plans to exit the royal family and move to North America. "After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen," their statement read.

Now, Meghan and Harry are living in California and have been working with their Archewell foundation while advocating for causes close to their heart, such as vaccine equality. This week, some politicians shared their thoughts about Meghan speaking out about political issues.

Republicans criticize Meghan Markle's plea for paid family leave

This week, Meghan Markle wrote an open letter to Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in which she called for paid family leave (via People Magazine). "No family should have to choose between earning a living and having the freedom to take care of their child (or a loved one, or themselves, as we would see with a comprehensive paid leave plan)," Meghan wrote in her letter. However, her statements weren't well-received by some Republicans, who even asked the royal family to intervene and strip Meghan of her title per The Daily Mail.

"Ms. Markle's latest interference in U.S. politics reignites the question in my mind as to why the Royal Family does not simply strip her and Harry officially of their titles, particularly since she insists on sending this under the pretense of being the Duchess of Sussex," Representative Jason Smith told the outlet. "Meghan Markle is incredibly out of touch with the American people and should stick to acting instead of trying to play politics. The last thing we need right now is wealthy celebrities pushing their liberal agendas on the American people," Representative Lisa McClain added.

Meanwhile, royal expert Angela Levin says that Meghan's letter proves that she's "trying to turn herself into a politician," and there have already been talks about the duchess possibly running for office in the future. Only time will tell if Meghan takes the challenge in hopes of seeing the change she's lobbying for.