Officials at Kensington Palace have addressed rumours that Meghan Markle wants to run for President
Well, it seems that now that the buzz about the royal wedding is slowly starting to simmer down, people are wondering what Meghan Markle's next big move will be. It seems kind of natural that the 36-year-old will keep going from achievement to achievement, after having nailed herself a top gig on Suits, the show which brought her to fame, and then landing herself a real-life prince and having a fairytale wedding.
So what's next?
Well, rumours started circulating that the newly-titled Duchess of Sussex would be setting her sights back on her home country of America, hoping to run for President. The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that "an associate" tipped them off that she'd like to conquer the White House next: "Meghan was quite clear that she wanted to be president one day," the source said.
It doesn't seem too far-fetched, either. Aside from her acting career, Meghan has always been passionate about politics and social matters, having completed an internship in Buenos Aires at the US Embassy, as well as helping with campaigns to destigmatize menstrual health poverty and to increase access to drinking water in Rwanda.
Since she was little, Meghan has always been outspoken about matters larger than herself. However, although she could technically run for President of the United States, it doesn't look like it's going to happen.
According to Yahoo News, an official from Kensington Palace told them that the rumours are simply rumours. "The conversation you describe with an associate is fictitious," they said.
It's customary for the royal family to remain politically neutral at all times, on all matters. "Now [Meghan] has come into the royal family, she will have to be politically neutral," former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter told The Guardian.
Even the Queen – who is currently the monarch ruling over 16 countries (and who is featured on the backs of coins of most of those countries) – doesn't get involved in political matters. "The Sovereign — who’s there to provide stability, continuity, and a national focus — doesn’t become publicly involved in the party politics of government," BBC America explained. "But she is entitled to be informed and consulted, and to advise, encourage, and warn ministers."
In other news, Meghan has just been given her own coat of arms, which is pretty cool. The new design was unveiled days after her wedding with Prince Harry, with the Palace writing that Meghan worked closely with Mr Thomas Woodcock (Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England) on the design, which was approved by the queen."Her Royal Highness worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process to create a Coat of Arms that was both personal and representative," the Palace detailed in a statement.
"The blue background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of The Duchess's home state. The three quills represent communication and the power of words.
"Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California's state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace."
Even if President Markle doesn't come true, at least we know that she's still determined to use her voice to raise issues that are important to her.