She didn’t get her royal title from America, but that hasn’t stopped the Duchess of Sussex from weighing in on an ongoing US political debate.
Meghan this week reportedly cold-called Republican Senators to advocate for paid family leave – now a sticking point in a major spending bill.
Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine was not expecting the call, her spokeswoman told the BBC on Friday.
West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito was also called, according to Politico.
Ms Collins may not have appreciated the royal intervention.
“Much to my surprise, she called me on my private line and she introduced herself as the Duchess of Sussex, which is kind of ironic,” Senator Collins told Politico.
“I was happy to talk with her. But I’m more interested in what the people of Maine are telling me about it.”
Senator Capito told Politico she had received the call while in the car. Seeing a blocked number, Ms Capito thought it was Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, a fellow West Virginian.
“I’m in my car. I’m driving. It says caller ID blocked. Honestly… I thought it was Senator Manchin. His calls come in blocked. And she goes ‘Senator Capito?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ She said, ‘This is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex,” Ms Capito recounted.
Meghan was reportedly given the senators’ phone numbers by a Democratic colleague: New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Ms Gillibrand has been a vocal supporter of adding paid family leave to a massive spending bill now up for debate in…