She’s known for breaking royal protocol — crossing her legs, showing PDA at a royal event, wearing a pantsuit — and now the Duchess of Sussex is reportedly the target of some scrutiny for voicing her opinions on abortion.
It happened during her first official visit to Ireland, along with her new husband, Prince Harry. While speaking with Irish Senator Catherine Noone, she allegedly expressed her political beliefs.
Noone posted a picture of she and Markle chatting, using the caption: “A pleasure to meet Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex at the British Ambassador’s Residence this evening,” adding, “The Duchess and I had a chat about the recent referendum result – she watched with interest and was pleased to see the result.”
— Catherine Noone (@catherineanoone) July 10, 2018
“The results” refers to Ireland’s most recent vote, where 66 percent of the country voted to overturn a countrywide abortion ban.
Noone deleted the message and wrote, “I clarified – it was a very benign chat, she expressed no political opinion. She was interested and charming.”
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Members of the monarchy in Britain have been banned from taking a public view on political issues since the 17th century. However, this isn’t exactly the first time something like this has happened. Royal comments and/or opinions have found their way to the surface of government policies before. And it will likely happen again.