Meghan Markle and Ivanka Trump ‘poised to compete in US presidential election’

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Meghan has picked up her political rhetoric once again now she has left life as a working royal behind her. During the 2016 presidential campaigns, she famously called Donald Trump “divisive” and “misogynistic” — but after she married Prince Harry in 2018, she was forced to adopt the Royal Family’s apolitical stance. However, since Meghan and Harry decided to step down from the royal frontline earlier this year, she has embraced her newfound freedom in the run-up to this year’s presidential election.

Ivanka Trump, too, has increased her public presence during her father’s campaign this year, and she introduced him at the recent Republican convention.

Commentator Rosa Silverman speculated last week: “Might Ivanka be eyeing a slot on the Republican ticket?

“Yes, back in 2017, she insisted she tries to ‘stay out of politics’. But people change.”

Writing in The Telegraph, Ms Silverman added that “America loves a dynasty” and that the bookmakers have given the first daughter 33 to 1 odds of winning the 2024 election.

Meghan has been given the less favourable prediction of 100 to 1 chance to win the 2024 election — but these are the same odds Mr Trump had when he first announced his intention to run.

While she has also been reluctant to voice aspirations for the White House, Ms Silverman joked: “Where else except the White House is there to go when you’ve already made it to princess level in your Thirties?”

The commentator conceded that the face-off between these two women is somewhat unlikely — but it is worth noting that after Mr Trump’s surprise election in 2016, the presidential race in the US has become much more unpredictable.

Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka were some of Republican voters’ favourites to replace their father in 2024 according to a news sites Axios and Survey Monkey poll from January.

Although the First Daughter’s brother took a larger portion of his party’s support, Ivanka was the only one of Mr Trump’s children invited to speak at the Republican National Convention recently, fuelling reports that she is his favourite.

The Atlantic noted in 2018: “[Trump] had been grooming her for years to take over the family empire. She was the golden child.”

However, Meghan leap back into political discussions only six months after leaving the Firm has caught commentators’ attention, too.

She has not confessed any longing to be in the White House, but royal author Lady Colin Campbell claimed in July that Meghan had wanted to get her foot in the door for a while.

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She said: “I know the Duchess of Sussex has political ambitions and I’ve been told that one day she wants to run for President.

“I think everything she is doing, leaving the Royal Family and moving back to California, is part of her plan and she has taken Harry along with her.”

Meghan joined former First Lady Michelle Obama in a virtual discussion earlier this month to promote women’s right to vote, and claimed non-voters are “complicit”.

By joining the initiative, called the United State of Women and When We All Vote online, Meghan was accused of tacitly digging up support for the Democrats.

Meghan did not openly refer to any candidates or party, but she said “we all know what’s at stake this year” and encouraged the public to be “energised to see the change that we all need”.

This was perceived as a slight against the incumbent President, Mr Trump.

She also discussed women’s rights to vote with political activist Gloria Steinem, where she said she was “really concerned about voter suppression” — as fears that there will be intimidation at US polling stations come November are on the rise.

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