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Meghan pushes for paid family leave in political statement

15:30, 21 October 2021
Meghan pushes for paid family leave in political statement Photo: kinopoisk.ru

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle wrote an open letter to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi in which she pushed for a paid leave.

"I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. I am, like many, an engaged citizen and a parent," she wrote.

The letter which was published on Paid Leave for All website advocates the importance of paid leave for mothers.

"Like fewer parents, we weren’t confronted with the harsh reality of either spending those first few critical months with our baby or going back to work. We knew we could take her home, and in that vital (and sacred) stage, devote any and everything to our kids and to our family," Meghan wrote.

"We knew that by doing so we wouldn’t have to make impossible choices about childcare, work, and medical care that so many have to make every single day," she added.

"No family should be faced with these decisions. No family should have to choose between earning a living and having the freedom to take care of their child (or a loved one, or themselves, as we would see with a comprehensive paid leave plan)," she continued.

She argued that paid leave must be the right of every woman and not be dependent on whether the company follows such a policy or not. 

"I know how politically charged things can — and have — become. But this isn’t about Right or Left, it’s about right or wrong," she wrote.

"This is about putting families above politics. And for a refreshing change, it’s something we all seem to agree on. At a point when everything feels so divisive, let this be a shared goal that unites us."

Meghan’s letter written on the Sussexes' own headed paper has faced accusations from many critics who said that she used her title of the Duchess to improve her political image as she allegedly aspires to become a democrat politician or even run for presidency.

Another topic that caused controversy was the fact that she mentioned $5 salad that she ate during her school years to represent how poor she was, trying to connect to Americans having troubles to pay their bills. 

"I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler - it may have cost less back then (to be honest, I can't remember) - but what I do remember was the feeling; I knew how hard my parents worked to afford this because even at five bucks, eating out was something special and I felt lucky." 

"I started working (at the local frozen yogurt shop) at the age of 13. I waited tables, babysat, and piece-mealed jobs together to cover odds and ends. I worked all my life and saved when and where I could - but even that was a luxury - because usually it was about making ends meet and having enough to pay my rent and put gas in my car."

At the time, however, she studied at a premium educational center Little Red Schoolhouse where one year for the sixth-grade cost as much as $22.600, and now she lives in a $14 million LA mansion.

Royal experts and journalists also highlighted that she writes "on behalf of my family, Archie and Lili and Harry," where British Prince was the last to go.

The letter of the Duchess of Sussex appeared against a background of debates by Democrats in Congress on the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their roles as senior royals last year. Lately, they moved into the banking sector and put their money into an investment firm, which manages a Wall Street fund worth over $1.3 billion.