Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle reportedly talked online with California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom directly ahead of the Nov. 3 election in the U.S. in an apparent breach of protocol for a British Royal.
The couple, who now live in the Golden State, spent around an hour talking to Newsom, The Sun reported.
The link-up with Newsom came after the pair were criticized for commenting about the presidential election, saying they did not want to live in Los Angeles — where Markle is from — until now-former President Donald Trump left office.
Harry also caused a royal stir when he insisted on having former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at his wedding to Markle in 2018.
“Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness. Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen,” one British official told The Sun.
The couple’s virtual meet-and-greet with the embattled Newsom came as the governor was considering who to name as now-Vice President Kamala Harris’ replacement in the U.S. Senate. Reports said that Newsom was being pressured to name another woman of color.
The Sun reported that a memo the outlet obtained says Harry, 36, and Markle, 39, met with Newsom — who himself has been touted as a potential Democratic presidential contender — in mid-October, roughly two weeks before the Nov. 3 election.
The outlet added that Newsom’s office would not provide details of what he discussed with the couple discussed other than to note it was an “introductory meeting.”
“We do not comment on the content of meetings between the Governor and private parties or his staff,” a spokesman said.
The meeting came not long after Markle publicly portrayed the race between Biden and Trump as “the most important election of our lifetime.”
“When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard,” Markle, a former actress noted for her roles in the TV series “Suits” and films “Horrible Bosses” and “Remember Me,” said. “Your voice is a reminder that you matter. Because you do. And you deserve to be heard.”
Harry also rankled royals when he noted as well, “As we approach this November, it’s vital we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.”
As for Newsom’s eventual choice to replace Harris, he named Alex Padilla, then-California secretary of state, to become the state’s junior senator, serving with Democratic stalwart Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
“It has long been rumored Meghan wants a career in politics, with some suggesting she has even set her sights on being President,” The Sun reported.
The UK-based outlet went on to note that Royal Family members are to avoid political partisanship, but Harry and Meghan are no longer senior royals after stepping down to pursue a “progressive role” in the United States.
At the time they made their remarks about voting, many believed they were intended to be critical of Trump, which aides at Buckingham Palace reportedly said was “crossing a line.”
That said, under terms in which the couple departed the Royal Family, the promised that “everything they do will continue to uphold values of Her Majesty,” according to The Sun.
Trump said at the time, “I’m not a fan of hers. I wish a lot of luck to Harry because he’s going to need it.”
Markle noted that she had also been calling Americans and urging them to get out and vote. In 2016, she revealed that she supported Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, while describing him as “misogynistic.”
President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with Queen Elizabeth when he attends the Britain-hosted G7 summit in June.
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