Even though Meghan Markle was sticking up others when it comes to paid leave, people were angry that she would use her title, Duchess of Sussex, when cold-calling GOP Senators.
One person said, “GOOD GRIEF! WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?” while Darren Grimes called the former actress, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, an "insufferable pair."
GB News host Colin Brazier tweeted, “If you have to cold-call someone, impress them with the force of your argument. Not by trading on the royal title of an institution you and your husband have done so much to undermine."
The pair left the royal family in 2020, and one commentator noted that it's time to "remove the use of their titles," as "they are breaking all royal rules using them for political means and commercial gain."
Senator Shelley Moore Capito was caught off guard when she received the incoming call.
"I’m in my car. I’m driving. It says ‘caller ID blocked,’" the senator recalled. "I thought it was Senator [Joe] Manchin. His calls come in blocked. And she goes, 'Senator Capito?' I said, 'Yes?' She said, 'This is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.'"
Meanwhile, Susan Collins of Maine was also shocked that Meghan had dialed the phone herself. "Much to my surprise, she called me on my private line and she introduced herself as the Duchess of Sussex, which is kind of ironic," Collins shared. "I was happy to talk with her, but I’m more interested in what the people of Maine are telling me about it."
The TV star recently wrote an open letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
"In June, my husband and I welcomed our second child. Like any parents, we were overjoyed. Like many parents, we were overwhelmed. 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," she wrote. "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. 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."
"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)," the mom-of-two continued. "Paid leave should be a national right, rather than a patchwork option limited to those whose employers have policies in place, or those who live in one of the few states where a leave program exists. If we’re going to create a new era of family first policies, let’s make sure that includes a strong paid leave program for every American that’s guaranteed, accessible, and encouraged without stigma or penalty."