Republicans are getting pissy about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex using their power and influence to get information out about voting! A Republican member of Congress wrote a letter of protest to the British ambassador to the United States, stating that when Meghan Markle and Harry recorded a video last month urging American voters to “reject hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity,” they were actually campaigning against President Donald Trump.
Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri’s 8th Congressional District alleged that “these actions represent a serious breach of the British Royal Family’s policy of political neutrality and an inappropriate interference by one of our closest allies.”
Furthermore, Smith also told ambassador Dame Karen Pierce to make sure the British government ensure that Harry and Meghan “no longer attempt to interfere” in the US election “or be stripped of all titles, styles, and privileges that they currently retain.”
Power couple Harry and Meghan have been busy building a new life in America with their baby son Archie, signing a deal with Netflix and getting involved in political activism. They have effectively taken a step back from royal life after reaching a deal with the Queen in which they would not accept money any longer from UK taxpayers or use their titles. And last month, they called on Americans to get to the polls.
“Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lifetime, but this one is,” said Meghan, who like Archie, is an American citizen as well as a member of the British royal family.
“As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity,” Harry added.
The couple never mentioned Trump in their video. A spokesperson for the duke and duchess said they were not endorsing a particular candidate, only calling for “decency and respect.”
So, where did Smith get the idea that they were linking Trump to “hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity”? Twitter had some thoughts.
Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi also weighed in, expressing bewilderment.
In the past, President Trump has said he is “not a fan” of Meghan’s. Hmmm, wonder why? A powerful, compassionate woman of color advocating for positive change in the world is probably one of the things he is threatened by most.