Meghan Markle slammed by US politicians for wading into abortion row: 'Americans don't want royals making decisions for them'

The Duchess of Sussex said she is willing to travel to Washington DC to demonstrate

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Meghan Markle has been subject to an onslaught of criticism, after she vocalised her opposition to the overturning of Roe vs Wade in the US.

The Duchess of Sussex hinted that she would travel to Washington DC to protest against the decision.

Republicans have slammed her for attempting to "insert drama" into American politics, after she spoke to activist Gloria Steinem, urging US citizens to vote in the November midterms.

Republican Lisa McClain (R-MI) said: "This is just another attempt from the ex-royals to insert their British drama in American politics.

"I don’t think anyone on this side of the pond cares for Meghan Markle’s opinion on killing babies.

"However, I think her running for President would be a great episode for The Crown."

The Duchess of Sussex said she would accompany protestors in Washington D.C.
The Duchess of Sussex said she would accompany protestors in Washington D.C.
Protestors have been vocal against the decision to overturn Roe v Wade
Protestors have been vocal against the decision to overturn Roe v Wade

Fellow Republican Buddy Carter added: "I think Americans made it pretty clear in 1776 that they don’t want members of the Royal Family making decisions for them."

The barrage of criticism followed comments from the Duchess of Sussex, which indicated her willingness to join protesters against the Roe vs Wade abortion ruling.

She also urged people to vote in the November midterms, in a move into US politics, supported by her "feminist" husband Prince Harry.

Meghan is reportedly fuming over the ruling, expressing her frustration to activist Gloria Steinem in an interview in Vogue, saying: "Well, Gloria, it seems as though you and I will be taking a trip to DC together soon."

The Duchess of Sussex maintained her strong views, urging men to be "more vocal" with their anger at the overturning of Roe vs Wade, revealing her husband Harry's response to the Supreme Court's decision last Friday was "guttural".

She added: "My husband and I talked about that a lot over the past few days. He's a feminist too."

And in a comment that will be widely perceived to be pro-Democrat, she said: "We have to channel that fear into action.

"We can start this November in the midterms. We have to vote, every time."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are notably vocal in expressing their views on political activism, and recently hired former aide to Barack Obama, Miranda Barbot, who was paramount in his successful reelection campaign in 2012.

Following the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas, the Duchess of Sussex travelled to the memorial site, laying a bouquet of white "peace" roses in tribute to the 19 children and two teachers slain by a gunman.

Meghan's political ambitions have been speculated on for some time, with claims emerging that she would "seriously consider" running for president if her husband dropped his royal title.

President Biden's sister, 76-year-old Valerie, has welcomed the reports, inviting the Duchess of Sussex to join the Democratic Party, adding she would "of course" make a great presidential candidate.

In the interview with Ms Steinem, the Duchess of Sussex emphasised how her miscarriage had cemented her view regarding the right to an abortion.

She said: "I think about how fortunate I felt to be able to have both of my children. I know what it feels like to have a connection to what is growing inside of your body.

"I know what miscarrying feels like, which I've talked about publicly. The more that we normalise conversation about the things that affect our lives and bodies, the more people are going to understand how necessary it is to have protections in place."