The United States has yet to have a female president. Meghan Markle, 39, is reportedly interested in becoming the first one.
On March 14, 2021, a source told Daily Mail that the Duchess of Sussex was networking among senior Democrats in the U.S. with a goal to run for president in 2024 right before 46th U.S. president Joe Biden‘s first term ends. The source is a senior Labour figure and a veteran of the Downing Street administration of Tony Blair, 67, who was the prime minister of the United Kingdom from May 2, 1997 to June 27, 2007.
This is not the first time Markle is rumored to run for U.S. president in 2024. In time for the National Voter Registration Day on September 22, 2021, she and her husband Prince Harry, 36, appeared during the unveiling of TIME’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people on ABC.
“Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lifetime but this one is,” Markle said. “When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter, because you do and you deserve to be heard.”
Markle herself has yet to either confirm or deny her rumored presidential ambition. But months before the U.S. presidential election in 2020, one of her close friends confirmed that she was open to pursuing a political career.
“One of the reasons she was so keen not to give up her American citizenship was so she had the option to go into politics,” the friend told Vanity Fair. “I think if Meghan and Harry ever gave up their titles she would seriously consider running for president.”
On March 7, 2021, CBS aired an interview by Oprah Winfrey, 67, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The duchess will reportedly use the buzz created by the interview to launch her political career.
Born in Canoga Park, California to European-American father Thomas Markle Sr. and African-American mother Doria Ragland, Meghan is a former actress. She played Rachel Zane in “Suits” from 2011 to 2018.
On March 31, 2020, Meghan and Prince Harry ceased undertaking official engagements as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. In June 2020, they bought a house on the former estate of Riven Rock in Montecito, California.