American citizen Meghan Markle is facing criticism on both sides of the Atlantic for using her Duchess of Sussex title in an open letter Wednesday to top congressional leaders, advocating for paid family leave in the United States.
Even many who agree with Meghan’s sentiments about paid family leave also said they found it off-putting, pretentious or historically tone-deaf for the California resident to use her recently acquired connection to British royalty to weigh in on an American social and political issue. As some pointed out, Americans fought in a revolution in 1776 to be free of interference from British royalty.
Some of these objections to Meghan’s 1,030-word letter — signed “Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex” and printed on “From the Office of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex” letterhead — were contained in tweets to East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell.
The Dublin Democrat shared a link to the letter that the former TV actress addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer.
It’s time American families enjoy what almost every country affords to its citizens: #PaidLeaveforAll.
*Read below👇🏼powerful letter to Congress from Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex. https://t.co/RuDJd2RCyu
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) October 20, 2021
But one person replied to Swalwell: “We all agree with the sentiment, but it’s offensive that an American politician endorses a letter from a ‘Duke and Duchess’ addressed to…