Report claims Duchess of Sussex planning presidential campaign ‘as early as 2024’
Meghan Markle is planning to run for U.S. president “as early as 2024” and is already speaking with “top Democrats” about her campaign, according to a new report.
The news has emerged just a week after Markle and Prince Harry went public with bombshell allegations against the British Royal Family during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
New reports are now suggesting that Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, could use notoriety from her Oprah interview to springboard a presidential campaign.
The Daily Mail reported Sunday that a senior figure in Britain’s left-wing Labour Party has blown the whistle on the plan.
The paper describes the unnamed insider as “a veteran of Tony Blair’s Downing Street administration with strong links to Washington.”
According to the Mail’s source, the duchess is networking with top Democrats with the aim of building a future presidential campaign and fundraising apparatus.
“The Blairite, internationalist, and Democratic Party networks are buzzing with talk about Meghan’s political ambitions and potential backers,” the source said.
The source further explained that Markle is looking to run as early as 2024, citing the fact that Joe Biden will be 82 years old by then, according to the Daily Mail.
However, Markle would have to battle Democratic Party stars like Vice President Kamala Harris if she wants a legitimate shot at the White House, The Blaze notes.
Interestingly, if Markle managed to ascend to the White House in 2024, she would be the first woman to become president.
Hillary Clinton was the first presidential nominee of a major political party in 2016, but she lost to President Donald Trump.
After Markle and Prince Harry urged Americans to “reject hate speech” and participate in the 2020 election, Vanity Fair reported last year that Markle has political ambitions that include the White House.
“One of the reasons she was so keen not to give up her American citizenship was so she had the option to go into politics,” a “close friend” of Markle reportedly said.
“I think if Meghan and Harry ever gave up their titles she would seriously consider running for president.”
However, at the time, other sources close to Markle denied the rumors.
“While there’s no denying she is interested and engaged in politics as a topic, she harbors no ambition to enter a career in politics herself,” a “well-placed” source told Vanity Fair.