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‘Not political’

Duchess of Sussex creates a stir over apparent comments supporting Ireland’s repeal of abortion ban

By WITW Staff on July 11, 2018

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, made waves for potentially ignoring a longstanding unwritten rule in which British royals eschew expressing political opinions. The Duchess reportedly told an Irish politician that she was “pleased” to see the result of Ireland’s groundbreaking referendum to legalize abortion. News of Markle’s apparent editorializing broke after Senator Catherine Noone of Ireland’s ruling Fine Gael party, a strong supporter of legal abortion, tweeted that she had met the Duchess during a garden party at the British Ambassador’s residence in Dublin.

“The Duchess and I had a chat about the recent referendum result — she watched with interest and was pleased to see the result,” wrote Noone.

While it may come as no surprise that Markle, a staunch feminist since childhood whose official royal bio describes her as a proud supporter of women’s rights, might hold such a position, Britain’s constitutional monarchy has required royals to abstain from making political statements since the 17th century. Noone apparently realized that after her tweet and followed it up with another post on Twitter that clarified: “I should say she seemed pleased — she was interested and very measured, not political at all.” Shortly afterward, Noone deleted both tweets, saying they were “misleading.”

Una Mullally, an Irish journalist and broadcaster, also wrote on Twitter that she had a great chat with Markle “about Repeal and the importance of her feminist activism.” Unlike Noone, Mullally has let her comment stand.

Read the full story at The Daily Beast.


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