A rumor is going viral that Meghan Markle could be tapped in to replace Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who died Friday at the age of 90.
According to Daily Mail, there is a distinct chance that the Duchess of Sussex toss her hat in the ring when it comes to finding replacements for the late Democratic lawmaker. Sources told the publication that within minutes of the lawmaker’s death, phones “lit up” with speculation that the Duchess of Sussex might be appointed to fill the seat until Feinstein’s term expires in January 2025.
Although Markle is friends with distinct democrats like Oprah Winfrey and the Kennedy family, the rumor that she would actually want a seat in Congress seems pretty far-fetched.
“Meghan is definitely a long shot, but in the craziness that is US politics these days it’s not an impossibility,” a major Democratic donor close to California Governor Gavin Newsom told the news outlet. “Crazier things have happened.”
Newsom reportedly interviewed Markle for a Senator’s spot in October 2020, when he was looking to replace then-Senator Kamala Harris after she was chosen by Joe Biden as his running mate for the last election. It was reported that the time that Markle’s end goal was the US presidency and as a result, she had been networking among senior Democrats as she angled for the job.
She and Prince Harry met virtually with Newsom but he ultimately ended up picking another candidate. Newsom reportedly told Feinstein that he would replace her with a black woman before she died. However, the best candidates for the job have already announced they’re running for the seat next fall. As a result, choosing one of them to fill the seat till then could lead to accusations of favoritism, according to sources.
“So he needs to find a woman of color who can do the job for 13 months and will agree to not stand against any of the seasoned politicians who have already thrown their hats into the ring,” the source said. “There are not that many women who fit the bill,” the source noted. “Which is why Meghan’s name is being bandied about.”