Meghan MarkleShe is trying to convince Congress that paid family leaves are a human right. She’s penned an open letter and is now picking up the phone. She’s now being accused of using her British title, the Duchess of Sussex, to further her agenda. Here’s what’s going on.
A Very Popular Stance
Most Americans support family leave with pay. The cause is near and dear to Markle’s heart, and she’s putting her influence to use. Last week, she sent a letter to Congress calling for paid family leave. She wrote: “I’m writing to you on behalf of millions of American families who are using their voices to say that comprehensive paid leave should not be a place to compromise or negotiate.”
Since Markle is such a political pariah, it’s no surprise that Republicans weren’t happy. Missouri Representative Jason Smith asked Markle to be stripped of her royal title, telling the Daily Mail. “particularly since she insists on sending this under the pretense of being the Duchess of Sussex.” It’s true that Markle signed her letter in that way, so this isn’t inaccurate.
Markle has started calling this week Key Republican SenatorsShelley Moore Capito and Susan Collins to lobby for paid parental leaves. Moore Capito claims Markle is leading her calls “This is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.”Collins, a Maine senator, said: “I was happy to talk with her, but I’m more interested in what people from Maine are telling me about paid leave.”
Some people are puzzled and even frustrated. As TMZ points out, it’s “odd” that Markle would use her royal title after everything that’s happened between herself and the royal family. This quickly became a topic of controversy on social media with Markle critics for using her title.
It’s Her Right
There’s a lot of confusion about how royal titles work, and why the royal family isn’t just taking them away. Markle’s title, “Duchess of Sussex,”Is a part of her current name. In the same way that Prince William’s name is “Prince William.” Since Harry’s still in the line of succession, he’s still a prince, as well as a duke. His wife, Markle, is still a duchess.
Sure it’s a British title, but it’s also Her title. It’s like signing a letter. “doctor”Or “PhD.” it’s a title that belongs to you, and you can choose to use it if you like. Markle has decided to keep her name in this manner on book covers. Therefore, it’s acceptable to use it when calling Senators.
In the eyes of her critics, Markle is evil and can do no right, so it’s no surprise that she’s taking heat for using her name. Attacking her distracts from the real issue of paid parental leave, so it’s an easy way for the opposition to redirect the conversation.