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Meghan Markle will not stop discussing politics despite being told she is breaking royal protocol, her spokesman has said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex who now live in California, USA, have suffered a backlash in the run-up to the US election for stepping away from royal tradition of showing political impartiality.
A spokesperson for the couple told Insider that Meghan's "political activism won’t end after the US election" as her views have never been exclusive to the presidential race.
They said: "Part of being an active member of society is to take part in the democratic process.
"So encouraging people to get involved in politics is something that is important.
"Obviously it is at a very important part of the American election cycle at the moment, but that doesn't mean it's specific to this time."
Meghan, 39, made history this year by becoming the first modern royal to vote in a US presidential election after casting an early mail ballot, which she reportedly "couldn't wait" to do, a source said.
In 1936 American divorcee Wallis Simpson's relationship with King Edward VIII led to him abdicating the throne but it is not known if she voted in a US election.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's spokesman added: "We do expect royals to have a different role within the constitution but the Queen herself, for example, encouraged people to use their right to vote when there was a referendum in Scotland and when there was an election in Wales.
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"While potentially controversial, it is not a brand-new thing."
The Duchess of Sussex has spoken about the 2020 general election in recent engagements, including encouraging the public to vote on camera.
A source told Page Six: "Meghan was an American long before she was a royal. She wouldn’t miss voting in this election no matter where she was living."
As Prince Harry is not a US citizen he could not join Meghan in voting.
Meghan has never said who she was voting for in the election but has previously suggested she does not agree with some of Donald Trump's views.
- Meghan Markle
- US Election
- Donald Trump
- Prince Harry
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