Though Joe Biden has only been in office for a matter of weeks, speculation about the 2024 presidential field is already heating up, with a rather unexpected name now emerging as a potential candidate.
Meghan Markle, also known as the Duchess of Sussex, has reportedly begun networking with high-powered Democrats in furtherance of a plan to become the first female president in American history, according to the Daily Mail.
The media outlet reported that a senior figure in Britain’s Labour party revealed that Markle, wife of Prince Harry, has grand political ambitions in her home country and is hoping to capitalize on the attention garnered by her recent, highly controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey in which she lobbed incendiary accusations of racism at her husband’s family and generated significant backlash.
Though Markle has no discernible experience in politics – her most notable pre-Royal employment was as an actress on the American cable television series Suits – she has been outspoken with regard to her heavily left-leaning views.
Over the past year, however, Markle has voiced support for Black Lives Matter and, through her recently formed Archewell organization, aligned with progressive groups such as Color of Change, the PressPad Charitable Foundation, and URL Media, according to the Guardian.
In what was viewed as a thinly-veiled attack on then-President Donald Trump, last year the Duke and Duchess of Sussex veered from traditional royal protocol and urged Americans to vote in the November election and “reject hate speech.”
Prior to marrying into the British royal family, Markle made her feelings about Trump publicly known, referring to him as “divisive” and “misogynistic” during a 2016 appearance on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
According to comments last week from senior Trump adviser Jason Miller, the disdain is mutual, with the former president reportedly saying about Markle, “She’s no good…I said it and now everybody is seeing it,” in apparent reference to a 2019 exchange in which Trump characterized her criticism of him as “nasty.”
Whether Markle’s rumored political ambitions will actually take root or are simply a public relations gambit meant to bolster her faltering image is something that remains to be seen.