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Meghan Markle calls two US Senators pushing for paid leave

13:26, 04 November 2021
Meghan Markle calls two US Senators pushing for paid leave Photo: Dave Warren/ZUMAPRESS.com/Global Look Press

US Senators Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia) and Susan Collins (Maine) both received a personal call from the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle in which the latter appealed to them to support paid parental leave, according to Politico. 

Moore Capito said that at the moment when the call from Markle was received the Senator was in the car. As she saw the incoming call the device couldn’t identify who called and indicated the ID was blocked to be shown up. The Senator initially thought that Senator Manchin was ringing her but when accepted, the voice said, “This is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex,” according to Politico.

When Meghan Markle called Susan Collins, the Senator was slightly surprised that the connection was established with her private number. The Duchess named herself the same way, Collins told Politico’s reporter that the she found such an introduction “ironical.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York) gave the number of other lawmakers, the source alleges.

“I talked to each of the women senators and let them know that she’s going to reach out because she only completed two of the calls. She is going to call some others, so I let them know in advance,” Gillibrand said.

Proceeding talking of the Duchess, Gillibrand said that Markle wants to join a working group to work on a paid leave and whether it will be implemented soon or later, “she will be part of a group of women that hopefully will work on paid leave together.”

In mid-October Meghan Markle issued a large statement to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi pushing for paid leave. 

In June this year, Meghan Markle gave birth to the child in a California Hospital in Santa Barbara. Parents of the newborn, Duchess Meghan Markle, and her husband, Prince Harry, give a name to the female baby, calling her Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. According to the insider from the UK’s palace, the Telegraph reported that the couple would not christen the baby in the UK and are planning to do so in the US. Except for the newborn, the parents have a two-year-old son, Archie.