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The Duchess of Sussex is said to harbour political ambitions, a claim which has only been amplified by Meghan’s decision to speak out about voter registration in the lead-up to the US presidential election. Meghan told the American electorate that it was the most important election of their lifetime and urged them to vote for change in an unprecedented TV appeal with Prince Harry. Without mentioning any particular candidate or party, Meghan urged the public to vote for “change” — a move which was perceived as an endorsement of the Democratic candidate and the former administration’s rival, Joe Biden.
Her public statement reignited her feud with former President Donald Trump at the time, leading him to tell the press he was “not a fan” of her and that he wished Harry “good luck with his wife.
Now Mr Biden has been sworn into office along with his second-in-command, Kamala Harris, royal pundits are wondering if Meghan may choose to make a political move soon — especially considering her tenuous links with the new Vice President.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, royal author and commentator Howard Hodgson discussed the possibility of Meghan utilising her links to Ms Harris — and said “nothing would surprise me” if the two figureheads got together.
He explained: “These two women strike me as very similar and could become best buddies until they fall out.
” There may be more American trouble ahead for the Royal Family.”
Indeed, Meghan made history when she married into the Royal Family as the first mixed-race spouse to join the monarchy.
Meghan Markle and Vice President Kamala Harris
Meghan and Harry discussing voter registration before the US Presidential election
Ms Harris echoed this move when she was elected back in November, as she is the woman, as well as the first Asian American and black figure, to become Vice President.
Both women were praised for heralding a new age of modernity into their respective institutions, while championing female empowerment.
Additionally, Meghan showed her support for the Democratic Party years before she became an apolitical royal, when she deemed then Republican candidate Mr Trump “misogynistic” and “divisive” back in 2016.
Since leaving the royal frontline, she has spoken on a platform with former First Lady Michelle Obama, whose husband Barack led the Democratic administration for eight years.
Although Meghan remained non-partisan when speaking on Mrs Obama’s ‘When All Women Vote’ virtual sofa, and simply encouraged the public to vote once again, she notably chose not to share a stage with any Republicans.
Ms Harris and the Duchess of Sussex are therefore likely to be united in their shared enthusiasm for the Democratic Party.
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Meghan’s trademark attorney is Majorie Witter Norman, who has worked for Venable LLP’s West Coast offices since at least 2016, according to the firm’s website.
Ms Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff, was the managing director of the law company up until 2017.
He moved to the international law firm DLA Piper but announced he wanted to step down to support his wife’s campaign last year, and reportedly severed all ties with the company before the inauguration.
The company has an “active lobbying practice in Washington” according to the New York Times, which could have become problematic for the new administration as both Mr Biden and Ms Harris pledged to impose ethical limitations on those within the White House.
However, some reports claim he intends to teach a class on entertainment law at Georgetown University while others suggest he may try to develop a role within the administration.
Mr Emhoff clearly still has extensive influence within the sector, as he tapped into the legal sphere to help raise more than $1million (£730,000) for the Democratic presidential ticket last September.
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Douglas Emhoff and his wife Kamala Harris
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Longtime friend Aaron H. Jacboy, told ABC News: “Doug has a lot of connections with lawyers, not only in LA but around the country.
“He’s very engaged in doing these Zoom meetings and fundraising events. He’s the draw.”
With this in mind, Meghan’s attorney could introduce the Duchess to the Vice President, via the Second Gentleman.
As day Express claimed: “Meghan is never one to miss an opportunity. Watch this space.”
Yet, any association between Meghan and Ms Harris could trigger further outrage from the Palace.
The monarchy has already sought to distance itself from Harry’s comments about registering to vote in the US Presidential election.
A spokesperson said: “We would not comment.
Meghan speaking to ITV’s Tom Bradby about her unhappiness as a royal
“The Duke is not a working member of the Royal Family and any comments he makes are made in a personal capacity.”
The Palace did not mention Meghan, whose ties to the Firm depend solely on her husband.
But Harry’s decision to step down from royal life is thought to have been accelerated by Meghan, who some believe wanted her “voice back”.
This could be yet another area to bond Ms Harris and the Duchess of Sussex.
In a piece for GQ, Mr Emhoff explained that his decision to leave his career was to honour his wife’s life in the White House.
He said: “Stepping back from my career as an entertainment lawyer was a decision that we made together — this was about something bigger than either of us.”