Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is reportedly exploring the possibility of running for the Senate seat left vacant by the passing of former Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Feinstein died at her Washington, D.C., residence on Friday, marking the end of a long and distinguished career. She was 90 years old.
News of Markle’s potential candidacy sparked considerable interest within the ranks of prominent California Democrat donors and politicians.
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Meghan Markle may be considering a run for Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat.
It’s even possible that Governor Gavin Newsom could appoint her to take Feinstein’s spot.
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In 2020, Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, made headlines worldwide when they relocated to Los Angeles after announcing their decision to step down from their roles within the British royal family. Since her return to the United States, the Duchess has been actively engaging in publicizing her private life despite claiming to want privacy.
According to Royal expert Phil Dampier, it presents a remarkable irony that Harry and Meghan, upon their departure from the royal scene, cited a desire for increased privacy and a retreat from the watchful gaze of the media and the public. However, it appears that since then, their actions have consistently thrust them into the spotlight.
“We’ve witnessed the Oprah Winfrey interview, the James Corden interview, various other interviews, and podcasts, and now, the upcoming book,” remarked Mr. Dampier. He expressed his belief that the couple is actively pursuing more lucrative opportunities, building on their already substantial multi-million-pound contracts with Netflix and Spotify.
The decision on who will fill the remaining 13 months of Senator Feinstein’s term lies in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA).
A source closely connected to Gov. Newsom, who requested anonymity, acknowledged that Meghan Markle is indeed a long-shot candidate but emphasized that, in the current landscape of American politics, even unlikely scenarios should not be dismissed outright.
Gov. Newsom has previously faced the task of appointing a senator when he selected Kamala Harris’ replacement in 2020 after being elected Vice President. During that period, it was reported that Markle was interested in Harris’ vacant Senate seat.
Observers took note of her active engagement with progressive circles, raising speculation about her political aspirations that might stretch beyond the Senate, with some speculating that her ultimate goal might be to run for president.