Meghan too unpopular with Americans for political ambitions, says expert

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    US politics experts have said that Meghan Markle is too unpopular with Americans to fulfil her rumoured political ambitions, after it was revealed she had paid more than $100,000 to speak with Michelle Obama’s former press chief.

    Tax records previously revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid $109,800 to a company run by US political PR expert Katie McCormick Lelyveld for “strategic support for social impact PR” in 2021 through their Archewell foundation.

    Katie McCormick Lelyveld worked as former US first lady Michelle Obama’s press secretary for two-and-a-half years.

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    The move sparked rumours that Meghan was looking to move into US politics after she and her husband largely burned the bridge between themselves and the Royal Family.

    But despite the rumoured ambitions, American political experts have said that Meghan’s popularity has created a long path between her and her goals, the Express reported.

    Fox News host Stuart Varney said: "Meghan Markle is fueling speculation that she could run for office.

    "[She’s] a long way from getting public office."

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    His co-presenter, Susan Li, agreed, saying that the Duchess of Sussex “needs to get more Americans to like her” before she can make any major moves stateside.

    A recent poll run by PR specialists Redfield & Winton revealed that Meghan has suffered a drop in popularity from -2% to -33% in the last few months.

    Her husband, Prince Harry, fared even worse, going from 15% to -22% in just three months.

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    While Meghan has not publicly said whether she wants to get into politics, she has previously dipped her toes in the field.

    In 2021, she reportedly called US Republican senators Shelley Moore Capito and Susan Collins on their private numbers to ask to support paid parental leave and a climate policy.

    She was criticised for this move, with many across the pond arguing that since she has not yet been elected to public office, she should not be trying to lobby politicians.

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