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Meghan Markle sends Pelosi, Schumer letter advocating for 'paid leave': 'Fair, and equal, and right'

Meghan Markle sends Pelosi, Schumer letter advocating for 'paid leave': 'Fair, and equal, and right'

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Meghan Markle found another cause she can advocate for.

The former actress, who joined the royal family in 2012, has devoted her life to advocacy and charity work. She now wants paid parental leave.

A note was sent by the royal, aged 40, to Nancy Pelosi, D.Calif. and Chuck Schumer D.NY this week, pleading for her cause.

“Dear Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi, I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. In her long note, the Duchess began, “I am, as many others, an engaged citizen, and a parent.” “And because you and your congressional colleagues have a role in shaping family outcomes for generations to come, that’s why I’m writing to you at this deeply important time—as a mom—to advocate for paid leave.”

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She said that the pandemic – which has lasted for nearly two years at this point – “has exposed long-existing fault lines in our communities.” It was also noted that many mothers have been forced to quit the workforce, in order to remain at home and care for their children.

Working moms and dads are faced with the choice of paying their bills or staying present. Markle insists that the sacrifice of one comes at great price. “For many, this sacrifice goes back further than the past 20 months; it’s 20 or 30 years, even longer—decades of giving time, body, and endless energy not just in the pursuit of the American dream, but simply the dream of stability.”

Alumna of “Suits”, the “Suits’ alum, recalled her childhood dining in cheap restaurants. Her parents have to work hard to pay for it. 

Markle also spoke out about her first job as a 13-year-old at a frozen dessert shop. After that, she was able to wait tables and do babysitting. Markle said that, despite her hard work, the majority of her income went towards rent and gasoline.

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“I assume many of your constituents have their version of the story. Perhaps you do too,” she noted. “People in our country work incredibly hard, and yet the ask is soft: for a level playing field to achieve their version of a common dream—what is fair, and equal, and right. You know too well that many Americans have to compromise their values when it comes down to economic system.

“The Bench” author then made note of her own privilege, explaining that when she and Prince Harry welcomed their daughter Lilibet in June, they “weren’t confronted with the harsh reality of either spending those first few critical months with our baby or going back to work” and didn’t “have to make impossible choices about childcare, work, and medical care that so many have to make every single day.”

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have both advocated for paid leave in the past.

Markle insisted that no family should have to make these difficult 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 royal compared taking care of a baby to “care for your community” or “care for your country.”

“… Because when paid leave is a right, we’re creating a foundation that helps address mental health outcomes, health care costs, and economic strength at the starting line,” she continued. Instead, our country is spending a fortune on causes rather than symptoms.  I understand that with everything going on these days, people might find it easy to be apathetic about what’s happening in Washington, D.C. And then equally, when it feels like your voice doesn’t matter, you tend to use it less often, but with stakes this high none of us can afford to let apathy win.”

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Additionally, she stated the letter was “on behalf millions of American Families” and also referred to other countries’ “robust”, paid leave programs such as Estonian, that she claimed “offers more than a year and half of leave for new parents.”

“The United States, in stark contrast, does not federally guarantee any person a single day of paid leave. And fewer than one in four workers has dedicated paid family leave through their employer. I’m sure you agree that if we are to continue to be exceptional, then we can’t be the exception,” she added. “The families you represent need your strong leadership. With paid leave on the cusp of becoming a national reality, I trust you will meet this moment. You must listen to your constituents on the daily decisions they face in order to provide for their families and make ends meet.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry share two children: Archie, 2, and Lilibet, 4 months.

Markle insisted that “paid leave should be a national write 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” and added that “a new era of family first policies” ought to include “a strong paid leave program for every American that’s guaranteed, accessible, and encouraged without stigma or penalty.”

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While the Duchess was aware of current political divisions, she insisted that this topic is not limited to these boundaries. It “represents putting family above politics.”

She concluded: “So, on behalf of my family, Archie and Lili and Harry, I thank you for considering this letter, and on behalf of all families, I ask you to ensure this consequential moment is not lost.”

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Fox News reached out to the representatives of politicians but they did not respond immediately.

This report was contributed by Fox News’ Meredith Mark

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