'Hello This Is Mrs. Markle Have You Considered Paternity Leave?'

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 06 November 2021 12:00

Meghan Markle made calls to two Republican Senators on their private numbers. She used her royal title to press them to vote in favor of paid parental leave. This latest foray into political activism has insulted these politicians.

The move is only the start for the Los Angeles-born mother of two, as she now wishes to be part of "a working group to work on paid leave long term," according to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

She called Republican Sens. Susan Collins from Maine and Shelley Moore Capito from West Virginia, who said they were shocked that Markle called, and stressed that she even used her royal title to lobby for the cause.

Collins announced: "I was happy to talk with her, but I'm more interested in what people from Maine are telling me about paid leave."

This comes after Markle wrote a letter to these top Democrats. The letter was a persuasion attempt and she also bought Starbucks gift cards for workers at an activism group. This was a high-profile stunt.

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The Duchess of Sussex on October 20 wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pushing for paid family leave - a letter that was given to some media outlets.

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On Wednesday, Politico reported that after a conversation with Kirsten Gillibrand, senator for New York - she took her lobbying an extra step and picked up the phone.

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Gillibrand, one of the most vocal campaigners in the Senate for paid parental leave, handed the Duchess the phone numbers for Susan Collins, senator for Maine, and Shelley Moore Capito, senator for West Virginia.

Moore Capito announced she expected the call to be Joe Manchin, the other senator for West Virginia. Manchin, a moderate Democrat, has been calling the shots for Joe Biden's infrastructure bill, wringing concessions from Progressives and cajoling Moderate Republicans like Moore Capito to agree.

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She told Politico: "I'm in my car. I'm driving. It says caller ID is blocked. Honestly, I thought it was Senator Manchin, his calls came in blocked.

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'And she goes 'Sen. Capito?' I said, 'Yes.' She said, 'This is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.'"

Moore Capito continued: "I couldn't figure out how she got my number."

Collins announced she also was called by the 40-year-old.

She was amused that the Los Angeles-born Markle used her British title to lobby U.S. senators after quitting 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.

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