Meghan Markle Breaks Royal Protocol By Maybe Expressing Opinion On Abortion
Deleted tweets show the Duchess of Sussex may have broken a royal protocol dating back to the 17th Century.
In huge news out of Ireland today, it appears that newly minted royal Meghan Markle may have broken royal protocol by expressing an opinion on abortion.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently on an official tour of Ireland, their first as a married couple.
It's hardly surprising that the Duchess-- an outspoken feminist and advocate for gender equality -- would view Ireland's recent referendum on abortion as a positive thing, but the royal family has been prohibited from expressing political views since the 17th Century.
Short story: The Duchess of Sussex may have broken royal protocol.
During the visit, she met with both Senator Catherine Noone, who was closely associated with the successful Yes campaign, and journalist and women's rights advocate Una Mulally.
Afterwards, Noone tweeted that the Duchess was "pleased" with the referendum result, which effectively decriminalised abortion.
"The Duchess and I had a chat about the recent referendum result -- she watched with interest and was pleased to see the result," she said.
Realising her mistake, she quickly backpedaled. "I should say she seemed pleased -- she was interested and very measured, not political at all," she tweeted.
But perhaps seeing the runaway train her tweets about a feminist supporting abortion rights were about to become, Noone deleted both of them, leaving this one instead.
Mullally made no such concession, leaving her tweet -- which strongly implied that the Duchess supported abortion -- as is.
The royal family has been essentially prohibited from engaging in politics since the mid-1600s, following the beheading of the tyrannical King Charles I for high treason.
It doesn't mean they're not political: as the head of state, Queen Elizabeth II gives advice to prime ministers, for example, but those comments remain confidential. They don't vote, and they don't influence politics.
We can only assume that Granny Liz is already prepping the guillotine for the Duchess' transgression, but it's worth reflecting on the absurdity that a person's bodily autonomy is even considered political in the first place.