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SHE’S been an actor and a princess - and increasingly Meghan Markle is making waves as a political activist too.

The Duchess of Sussex has joined forces with Gloria Steinem to get the Equal Rights Amendment ratified, and insisted she’s willing to march in Washington DC against the Roe v Wade abortion ruling.

6Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spoken out on Roe v. Wade being overturnedCredit: Reuters

In an interview with Vogue, Meghan urged men to be “more vocal” with their anger at the Supreme Court’s decision to ban or put strict rules on abortions in 30 American states.

Revealing her and Harry’s reaction to the news was “guttural,” she said: “My husband and I talked about that a lot over the past few days. He's a feminist too.

“We have to channel that fear into action. We can start this November in the midterms. We have to vote, every time.”

But this isn’t the first time Meghan has shown signs of wanting to make a move into politics.

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Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams exclusively tells us: "Ever since she was 16, Meghan has shown signs of being an activist and that this is what she might do. She's always been articulate and she's always been campaigning.

"She was urging people to vote in the September 2020 election, she's been an advocate for paid child support, and paid family leave.

"This is someone who feels very strongly about things so there's always been a feeling she might well go into politics.

"But to what extent the Americans would like or would welcome a member of the Royal Family canvassing and campaigning in Congress, in one form or another, remains to be seen."

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Plea for paid parental leave 6Abortion rights supporters protest at the Mississippi Capitol, in Jackson, Missippi following the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning Roe v. WadeCredit: AP

One of Meghan's early forays into politics came in October last year when she wrote a letter to two Democratic lawmakers in Washington DC, making a plea for paid parental leave in the US.

America currently has no system for paid parental leave, although President Joe Biden has vowed to introduce it.

Royal experts called her letter, addressed to Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, a “first try” for the Duchess to move into politics.

Biographer Angela Levin said: “Meghan’s first try for a political role perhaps.

"She’s writing to Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer ‘on behalf of all families’ to get paid leave.

“Good enough cause but what is her real motive and will hypocrisy rear its head again?”

‘Trying to be like the Obamas’

A few months prior to that, Meghan and Harry were accused of “trying to be like the Obamas” when they appeared on the cover of Time magazine.

Royal experts claimed she was taking career advice from close pals Barack and Michelle Obama - who have also starred in a stack of Time magazine shoots.

6Prince Harry and Meghan followed in the footsteps of the Obamas and appeared on the cover of Time magazine

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said of the Sussexes: "This magazine cover has made it very very clear what's in the couple's mind - and especially Meghan's mind - and that’s politics. It must be!

"I think there is absolutely no doubt that if they made the cover it's not about what they've achieved, but what they could achieve.

"They're going to become more and more visible. I think that they're looking at politics."

In fact, earlier this year, Meghan and Harry hired PR guru Miranda Barbot - the woman responsible for getting former president Obama re-elected for a second term in 2012.

The move was in order to “overhaul their image,” according to insiders.

A source told the Mirror: “There are shades of the Clintons or even Kennedys.

“It wouldn't be a huge shock now if Meghan went into politics.”

'Destined’ to fight racism 6Meghan Markle at the UN Women Conference in 2015 where she made a speech about gender equalityCredit: WENN

It was in 2020, when George Floyd was murdered by police, sparking national conversations about racism in the States, that Meghan became more vocal when it came to politics.

Addressing students at her old school, Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, she spoke of the Black Lives Matter movement, George and the other black people who had been murdered by police.

She said: “George Floyd's life mattered and Breonna Taylor's life mattered and Philando Castile's life mattered and Tamir Rice's life mattered.”

She added: “I wasn't sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that it would get picked apart. And I realised the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.”

After this, Meghan reportedly started to believe her move to the States from London was “destined” to help fight systemic racism.

A friend told the Mail how she felt her “gnawing urgency to uproot from England” was fate so she could be at the “forefront” of the Black Lives Matter movement.

They added: “Meghan said her work as a leader is more important than ever right now and that she’s been speaking with Oprah and other community leaders on how she can be part of the solution.

“Meghan feels like her mission goes far beyond acting. She said she wants to use her voice for change and hasn’t ruled out a career in politics.”

'Violating' Megxit deal

Throughout the presidential elections in 2020, Meghan and Harry were very vocal about their anti-Donald Trump views, repeatedly urging Americans to vote against him.

In one message, the couple called on American voters to “reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity” in “the most important election of our life”.

6A 16-year-old Meghan, pictured for her school year book, challenged a sexist TV advertCredit: Enterprise News and Pictures

Members of the royal family are supposed to be politically neutral, and under the Sandringham accord - agreed in March 2020 when the pair quit their royal duties - Harry and Meghan vowed that “everything they do will uphold the values of Her Majesty”.

For this reason, senior royal aides said the couple's comments broke their promise to the Queen.

At the time, sources told the Sunday Times: “The [royal] family are all wringing their hands, thinking: where is this going and does this abide by the deal to uphold the values of the Queen?

“The feeling is it's a violation of the agreement.”

Approval from Biden

Even President Joe Biden’s sister Valerie Biden Owens has voiced her support for Meghan’s political career.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the former campaign manager and close adviser to the president, said: “It’s wonderful to have women in politics, the more women we have, the better our democratic system will work”

6President Joe Biden's sister Valerie Biden Owens is a political strategist and thinks Meghan has a career in politicsCredit: Alamy

“We embrace all women and we welcome her to come in and join the Democratic Party.”

When asked if she thought Meghan would make a good presidential candidate, she replied: “Yes, perhaps, of course, she will”.

And presenter Richard Madeley said he “would put money on” Meghan running for president after the interview.

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Poland boss reveals he has spoken to five managers including Mourinho and Gerrard about how to beat France at World Cup

POLISH boss Czeslaw Michniewicz has been getting World Cup advice from Jose Mourinho, Max Allegri, Steven Gerrard and Xavi on how to beat the French.

But striker Arkadiusz Milik reckons there’s only one way to stop Kylian Mbappe… with a motorbike.

3Poland boss Czeslaw Michniewicz has been seeking advice from managers on how to beat FranceCredit: EPA 3He has spoken to former Chelsea manager Jose MourinhoCredit: AP 3He also spoke with former Aston Villa manager Steven GerrardCredit: Getty

Michniewicz has been revelling in his ‘Polish Mourinho’ nickname after pulling off a defensive master class to steer his nation through to the last 16 in Qatar.

And he makes absolutely no apologies for his cautious approach ahead of today’s clash with the defending champions at the Al Thumama Stadium. 

He says: “When I hear all the criticism, I can only smile. 

“Because all the teams who were not defensive and let their opponents score easily in the group stage are already back at home and watching on TV.

“We were good at defending and our reward is a game against the world champions. If we can win against France, we could become the next champions. 

“The comparisons with Mourinho are out of date but I will just tell you that football is all about winning trophies and being successful.

“I have spoken with Mourinho, Allegri, Xavi, Steven Gerrard, Fabio Cannavaro and all the other coaches who have helped to prepare my players so well for this tournament.

“And I hope this is not my last chance to thank them from the bottom of my heart.

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“We always dreamed of leaving the group phase and we don’t care about any opinions of our team.

“The fourth of December in Poland is Barborka, the miner’s national holiday, and we will do our best to celebrate the day with victory against a wonderful opponent.”

But Juventus striker Milik knows just how difficult the task will be against French superstar Mbappe and says: “How do we stop him? With scooters!

“He is one of the best players in the world and he is so fast that it will be difficult to keep up with him without a motorbike.

“So we need to play collectively and have very good co-operation because no-one will be able to stop him on their own.”

But Milik believes that Poland also have an ace up their sleeve in his Juve team-mates Wojciech Szczesny, whose two penalty saves were enough to see them through the group stages on goal difference.

He says: “I am not sure why people are surprised by Wojciech, because it’s not as if he has just started to be a great keeper out here in Qatar.

“He has been showing his value for a very long time and has played for some wonderful clubs.

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“So we all knew what we could expect from him and we’re so happy that he is in such good shape.

“He has helped us a lot to get to this round and I hope he shows his best against France.”

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