Electoralism/Democratism

Queen-President Meghan Markle of USA: British Royal Family’s Trump Card?

By Charlotte Forrester, Center for Political Innovation

The Duchess of Sussex, Megan Markle, is rumored to run for president in 2024. Markle is a former actress and recent addition to the British Royal Family. Although “former” might be a smokescreen, as most US politicians of today are actors of some sort. Just take a look at Ronald Reagan, a famous Hollywood actor before he got into politics, who by the way was one of the first advocates of gun control during his term as governor of California.

In 1967, he signed the Mulford Act which was meant to disarm members of the Black Panther Party. Our last president, Donald J. Trump, hosted reality TV shows like “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” and even had several cameo appearances in film and TV shows.

Therefore, Meghan Markle has a comfortable precedent that she can draw from. Of course she would have to give up her royal title in order to qualify to throw her hat in the ring. As a close friend of hers stated in a Vanity Fair article back in September 2020, “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. I think if Meghan and Harry ever gave up their titles she would seriously consider running for president.”

Quite a few questions immediately come to mind: Why on Earth would Markle want to run for President of the United States of America? What’s in it for her? And despite the tensions between the Markle and the rest of the Royal Family, could the British Monarchy seize this opportunity to use her presidency as a way to enact their Eco-Malthusian views and policies?

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