This effort to remain disproportionate comes when he uses his royal title and political connections to lobby for his cause.
Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican senator from West Virginia, was one of the lawmakers who recently received a call from Meghan to discuss the issue of parental leave.
“I’m in my car. Over time. It says ‘Caller ID blocked,'” the senator said. Politico.
At first, Capito thought it was another West Virginia senator, Joe Manchin, because his calls usually come “blocked as a caller ID” on his phone.
“And he says, ‘Senator Capito?’ I said yes? ‘ He said, “This is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.”
Capito was puzzled by how the Duchess got her number; it turned out that Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, one of Congress’s leading advocates for paid parental leave, offered it to him.
Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine also received a call from Meghan.
“To my surprise, she called me on my private line and introduced herself as the Duchess of Sussex, which is kind of ironic,” Collins said, apparently referring to Harry and Meghan’s attempts to distance himself from the royal family.
Meghan is more popular in the U.S. than in the UK, where she is currently in a controversial lawsuit over a letter from a British newspaper she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after marrying Harry in 2018.
But Collins did not seem too impressed with his intervention.
“I was happy to talk to him, but I’m more interested in what the people of Maine tell me about it,” he said.
Explains his approach at a conference last week New York Times, Meghan said: “I’m just getting a phone number, calling and talking. I think people are pretty surprised.”
In October, Meghan wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelos and Senate Chuck Schumer, both Democrats, urging them to make parental leave a policy when drafting massive social spending.
Parental leave will be considered dead on arrival in Washington because Manchin, also a Democrat and Senate in a decisive balance of power vote, has said he does not support it.
In the letter, Meghan described herself as an “engaged citizen and parent” when writing on the official letterhead of the “Office of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
“I know how politically charged things can – and have come,” Meghan wrote to Schumer and Pelos. “But this is not about the right or the left, it’s about the right or the wrong. This is about putting families ahead of politics.”
In a video message sent to the Glasgow climate summit earlier this month, Harry and Meghan said they were committed to making their joint venture Archewell net zero by 2030.