The DNC royal scandal with Meghan Markle

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Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is facing a backlash from colleagues for giving Meghan Markle their private cell phone numbers so she could lobby them on paid family leave, according to a new report Thursday. 

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is facing a backlash from colleagues for giving Meghan Markle their private cell phone numbers so she could lobby them on paid family leave, according to a new report Thursday. 

But those talks hit a ‘speed bump,’ Axios reported, after the Democratic senator form New York passed along her colleague’s private, unlisted mobile numbers to Meghan – as originally reported by Politico – in the hopes the duchess could pressure them to support the plan.

Markle called Republican Senators Susan Collins and Shelley Moore Capito, both of whom expressed surprise to hear from the Duchess.

It’s unclear how many numbers Gillibrand passed along and if Markle has reached out to any other lawmakers.  

But some lawmakers told Axios, they considered Gillibrand’s move a breach of protocol, leaving them skeptical about future negotiations on paid family leave, two of the aides familiar with the matter told the news outlet. 

Markle called Republican Senators Susan Collins and Shelley Moore Capito, both of whom expressed surprise to hear from the Duchess.

It’s unclear how many numbers Gillibrand passed along and if Markle has reached out to any other lawmakers.  

But some lawmakers told Axios, they considered Gillibrand’s move a breach of protocol, leaving them skeptical about future negotiations on paid family leave, two of the aides familiar with the matter told the news outlet. 

It wasn’t Markle’s first involvement with the issue.  

On October 20th, she wrote to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer advocating for paid family leave – a letter that was handed out to several media outlets. 

Capito said she expected the call to be Manchin, her colleague from West Virginia.

She told Politico: ‘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 “Sen. Capito?” I said, “Yes.” She said, “This is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.”‘

Moore Capito added: ‘I couldn’t figure out how she got my number.’

Collins said she too was called by the 40-year-old.

She expressed amusement that the Los Angeles-born Markle was using her British title to lobby U.S. senators, after having quit the royal family in 2020.  

‘Much to my surprise, she called me on my private line and introduced herself as the Duchess of Sussex, which is kind of ironic’ said Collins.  

The senator from Maine told The New York Times: ‘She just weighed in that she thought paid leave was really important, and I told her there were a lot of different approaches, and people were working on it.’ 

Biden had initially hoped to push through plans for a 12-week paid family and medical leave program, costing $500 billion over 10 years.  

The benefit declined from 12 to four weeks and then disappeared all together to win agreement from Manchin and fellow moderate Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. 

Pelosi inserted it back into the version the House will vote on this week but that is expected to be heavily amended when the Senate debates the bill. Paid family leave is not expected to survive the amendment process.  

Gillibrand said she gave senators’ numbers to Markle and noted it was just the start. 

‘I talked to each of the women senators and let them know that she’s going to reach out, because she only completed two of the calls,’ Gillibrand said. 

‘She’s going to call some others, so I let them know in advance.’ 

Gillibrand added: ‘She wants to be part of a working group to work on paid leave long term and she’s going to be. 

‘Whether this comes to fruition now or later, she’ll be part of a group of women that hopefully will work on paid leave together.’  

Markle’s latest intervention heightens speculation that she sees herself in a political position in the future, like her heroines Angelina Jolie and Amal Clooney.

Some have even speculated that she could be considering a run for political office – even the presidency, according to wild online hype. 

In her October 20 letter to Pelosi and Schumer, Markle wrote: ‘I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. 

‘I’m writing to you at this deeply important time – as a mom – to advocate for paid leave.’ 

The extraordinary 1,030-word letter asked the two Democratic leaders to consider her plea ‘on behalf of my family, Archie and Lili and Harry’. 

The duchess depicted humble beginnings, saying that her family struggled when she was young – despite her well-documented middle class upbringing in which she attended private primary and secondary schools on her Emmy award-winning lighting director father’s $200,000-a-year salary.  

And she now lives in a $14million sprawling mansion in Montecito, California, complete with designer touches. She has also signed a series of lucrative deals with Spotify and Netflix thought to be worth well over $150million. 

‘I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler,’ Markle wrote. 

‘I knew how hard my parents worked to afford this because even at five bucks, eating out was something special, and I felt lucky. I started working (at the local frozen yogurt shop) at the age of 13.

‘I waited tables, babysat, and piecemealed jobs together to cover odds and ends,’ Markle said.

However, she failed to mention the $750,000 California state lottery win her father scooped in 1990, which funded her secondary education at $9,412-a-semester Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.  

Meghan also studied a private primary school – Hollywood’s Little Red Schoolhouse nursery, which she attended from the age of two.

The primary school now costs between $20,000 and $28,300-a-year, and was paid for by her father Thomas and her airline steward mother Doria’s salaries.  

She went on to study at Northwestern, a college in Illinois, that would have cost $24,000-$28,000-a-year for tuition when Meghan studied there from 1999-2003.

But the duchess described working from the age of 13 doing several jobs ‘to cover odds and ends’ and said saving money was a ‘luxury’ in her family in her letter. 

‘I worked all my life and saved when and where I could – but even that was a luxury – because usually it was about making ends meet and having enough to pay my rent and put gas in my car.

‘I expect many of your constituents have their own version of that story,’ she continued.

Originally posted here.

5 Comments
  1. JoBo says

    Megan is such a putz. She thinks she is so important. Only in her own mind. Nobody cares what she thinks.

  2. RANGOON says

    What’s-er-face is some kind of Brit now. She should keep her nose out of US politics.

  3. Ellie says

    That woman is a complete fraud!

  4. maxx says

    How about “censoring the beach”? Piglousey seems to like to censor members of the House. Oh, I’m sorry she only censors conservatives. Couldn’t that be called discrimination ? The Pig will be on the verge of losing her own job very soon.

  5. Frances says

    Megan Markle needs to keep her thought’s to herself. If she wanted to be a Communist/Socialist she should have stayed here in the United States and voiced her woke ideas! She chose to move to a Socialist? country and in doing so she needs to keep her thoughts to herself. She wants to run for office here then she needs to get her booty back here or be quiet! She sure doesn’t impress me. By title rights she and hubby are now just ordinary citizens!

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