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Meghan Markle’s cold calls angered Republican senators, briefly suspended family leave negotiations

It appears Senator Christine Gillibrand was wrong in thinking that Meghan Markle, by referencing her title of Duchess of Sussex, could help convince GOP senators to support paid family leave.

Paid family leave talks “hit the bump” after it was revealed that Gillibrand (New York State) provided Meghan’s senators’ private phone numbers in hopes that the American-born former television actress “could get them to act.” reported by Axios.

“Some members considered this to be a violation of protocol, which made them skeptical about future negotiations,” Senate aides told Axios.

Democrats hoped to include paid family leave into Biden’s Build Back Better plan, the details of which are now being worked out. They agreed to ask for just four weeks of paid family and medical leave after initially offering 12.

Joe Manchin, a Democrat Senator from West Virginia, has indicated that he will object to his inclusion in the BBB’s plan, Axios and Insider reported. Manchin supports paid family leave in principle, but not through the current process, CBS News added. According to Axios, he has de facto veto power over the plan in the Senate 50-50.

Striving to make paid family leave a federal law is clearly important to Meghan. Through her global celebrity, she certainly grabs attention for her importance to American families when she uses certain places to talk about it – like when she explained her support on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday.

“Everyone knows, especially if you had a baby, and even if you didn’t have one, you know how hard it is and how important it is in those first few weeks, if not months, to be together with the whole family,” Megan said. lives with Prince Harry and their two young children in Montecito. He and Harry gave up royal life in 2020.

“And the fact that we are not offering this is that now, as a mom of two, I will do everything in my power to make sure we can make it happen for people,” Megan added.

But Meghan’s use of her celebrity to lobby American lawmakers can prove to be a dubious strategy, especially if she reminds them that she is tied to the monarchy of another country in solving American political issues.

Some critics say she comes across as pretentious or historically deaf, given that the United States fought a revolution in 1776 to free itself of British royal influence. Meghan also only became a duchess when she married Harry in 2018.

Senator Susan Collins (Rhode Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) were surprised, or even a little delayed, when Meghan unexpectedly called, Politico reported.

Collins, a moderate Republican, received a call on her private line while she was at the gym and was not impressed with how Meghan called herself the Duchess of Sussex, Politico told Politico.

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

“I was happy to talk to her, but I’m more interested in what Maine people say to me about this,” added Collins.

Politico reported that Capito was driving her car when Megan called her.

“It says ‘caller ID blocked,’ Capito said, according to her spokesperson.” I thought it was Senator Manchin. His calls are blocked. And she says, “Senator Capito?” Did I say yes? ‘ She said, “This is Megan, Duchess of Sussex.”

Meghan’s use of her royal title when in contact with Collins and Capito or when writing an open letter to Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer has also raised concerns at Buckingham Palace, Times UK reported.

This is because members of the royal family should not try to influence the politics of another country, according to the Times UK. Royals are constitutionally required to be “above politics” and remain politically neutral on domestic and international issues, the Times added.

A senior palace aide told the Times: “As a member of the royal family, if you use this title, it means you stay away from things like that. Otherwise, you are using the title out of context. “

There is a perception that Meghan and Harry have more freedom to speak out about politics, as they left the older members of the royal family and moved to her home state of California.

A source close to Meghan also insisted that she contacted members of Congress “in a personal capacity as a concerned citizen.” In an interview last week, Megan justified her lobbying by arguing that paid family leave is not a political issue, but a “humanitarian” one for her.

Another courtier said Meghan’s use of the title to lobby lawmakers was still “outrageous.” This is because it makes her sound like she believes her prestigious title should give her special influence over lawmakers.

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