Meghan Markle is ‘likely’ to launch a US presidential campaign but would ‘struggle’ with the barrage of criticism levelled at politicians because she is ‘sensitive’, her biographer has claimed.
Acid-penned Tom Bower, who has reportedly agreed a six figure sum to tell the pregnant Duchess’s story, said she would need to learn to ‘take the heat’ if she entered politics because they are the public figures who cop the most backlash from the press.
Speaking to Closer magazine, he added that Meghan, 39, would need to be a ‘team player’ and build up an army of loyal staff – something she appears to have experienced issues with during her life as a royal.
‘The prospect of Meghan running for president is possible and I’d even say likely. I really believe it’s where she sees herself going,’ he told the publication.
Meghan Markle is ‘likely’ to launch a presidential campaign but would ‘struggle’ with the barrage of criticism levelled at politicians because she is ‘sensitive’, her biographer has claimed (pictured during the Oprah interview)
Bower, who is renowned for his unsparing, unauthorised biographies of towering figures including Boris Johnson, Prince Charles and Robert Maxwell, said Meghan has ‘all the qualities’ needed for a strong political candidate, citing her drive, ambition, self-confidence, conviction and public speaking skills.
He claimed the former Suits star has ‘had her time’ in the acting world and is now aiming for the political stage, having already ‘masterminded’ a new life for her and Harry in California.
Bower said when Meghan wants something done, it happens – pointing to the multi-million pound Netflix and Spotify deals she and Harry, 36, have secured, as well as the Oprah interview which made headlines around the world as a result of their explosive claims about the Royal Family.
But the ‘major’ problem Meghan faces should she go into congress is the fact she is ‘clearly sensitive’, and while she may believe she’s had a difficult ride with the press so far, politicians face a barrage of criticism on a daily basis.
‘They’re probably the public figures who face the most backlash,’ Bower told Closer. ‘I really think she would struggle. She’d need to learn to take the heat.’
The ‘major’ problem Meghan faces should she go into congress, according to Bower, is the fact she is ‘clearly sensitive’, and while she may believe she’s had a difficult ride with the press so far, politicians face barrages of criticism on a daily basis. Pictured: the Duchess giving a speech during an Essex school assembly as part of a surprise visit in March 2020
He said another ‘problem’ is the fact that to get voted in and to build up a campaign, the Duchess would ‘need to be a team player’ and ‘build up a team of loyal staff’.
‘We’ve seen through the reports about her staff members quitting and moving on that she doesn’t seem to be able to hold onto her team,’ he observed.
A senior Palace aide has accused her of ‘unacceptable behaviour’ towards two personal assistants and undermining the confidence of a third, triggering Buckingham Palace to launch an inquiry into the claims – which the Duchess has denied and branded ‘a smear campaign’.
Last week it emerged Harry and Meghan’s chief of staff and executive director of Archewell, Catherine St Laurent, whom they head-hunted from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has unexpectedly quit after just 11 months into the job.
Insiders claimed the Canadian-born mother-of-two ‘wanted out’ after finding herself ‘having to fulfill a great many functions for the couple’ outside of her contract.
The Sussexes were dogged by a spate of departures from their ranks as working royals, losing at least two PAs as well as other key staff from their private office.
Bower added: ‘Nonetheless I think she has a good chance of getting into the White House – and perhaps visit the UK to have tea with the Queen one day as President of the United States!’
Acid-penned biographer Tom Bower has reportedly agreed a six figure sum to tell the Duchess’s story (pictured on GMB in 2018)
Bower will embark on 12 months of meticulous research to put together Meghan’s unauthorised biography, speaking to friends, foes and associates of Harry and Meghan so that he can tell the Duchess’s story.
A source told The Sun: ‘This is the book Meghan will be dreading. Tom doesn’t pull his punches, and is terrifyingly thorough in his research. No stone will be left unturned.’
Earlier this month a senior Labour figure – a veteran of Tony Blair’s Downing Street administration with strong links to Washington – claimed to The Mail on Sunday that Meghan was networking among senior Democrats with a view to building a campaign and fundraising teams for a tilt at the US Presidency.
A source close to the Duchess declined to comment, but the couple have made little secret of their political beliefs.
During the US election last year they levelled a thinly veiled attack on Donald Trump by urging voters to ‘reject hate speech’, which a spokesperson for the couple described as ‘a call for decency’. Trump himself declared that he was ‘not a fan’ of Meghan.
A source said: ‘The Blairite, internationalist and Democratic party networks are buzzing with talk about Meghan’s political ambitions and potential backers.’
During the US election last year, the Sussexes levelled a thinly veiled attack on Donald Trump by urging voters to ‘reject hate speech’, which a spokesperson for the couple described as ‘a call for decency’. Trump himself declared that he was ‘not a fan’ of Meghan
Last year a friend of the Duchess told Vanity Fair magazine that one of the reasons she did not give up her American citizenship when she married into the Royal Family was to allow her to keep open the option of entering Washington politics.
US constitutional experts responded that she would have to renounce her title if she wanted to hold public office in the States, because it would cut across the US oath of allegiance.
Buckingham Palace tried to distance the Royal Family from the remarks made during the US election by issuing a statement saying that ‘the Duke is not a working member of the Royal Family’ and describing his comments as ‘made in a personal capacity’.
The source added that the presumption was that the Duchess was eyeing 2024, when President Joe Biden will be 82 and deciding whether he wants to run for a second term.
If she made it to the White House, Meghan would be the first female US President – succeeding where Hillary Clinton narrowly failed four years ago – and the second non-white occupant of the Oval Office after Barack Obama.
She would also be following in the footsteps of President Ronald Reagan, who was a Hollywood actor for four decades before switching to politics. During the 2020 campaign, the Duchess addressed the When All Women Vote Couch Party, the organisation co-founded by Michelle Obama to encourage participation in elections.
Meghan’s friends have previously encouraged speculation about her political ambitions – describing her rise from modest beginnings as ‘the embodiment of the American dream’.