Meghan Markle's lobbying fails as Biden drops paid leave proposal

So much for Meghan Markle’s political influence! Duchesscontroversial lobbyist letter pleading for paid family leave fails to make an impact as Biden drops proposal from his $1.75T plan

  • Joe Biden announced a new framework for his Build Back Better reconciliation bill on Thursday morning, revealing he’s dropped paid leave for parents
  • Progressives had advocated for national paid leave for 12 weeks for new parents
  • The President said earlier this month he would need to cut that down to four weeks as he struggled to gain support for his infrastructure plan
  • Op Donderdag, he announced that he has dropped paid leave for parents from the plan in a compromise to push the Build Back Better plan through a vote
  • His announcement comes days after Meghan, 40, sparked furious controversy when she penned a letter to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer about paid leave
  • The Los Angeles-born Duchess published an extraordinary 1,030-word letter via supportive media outlets, saying paid parental leave should be a ‘national right
  • She said that her own family had struggled when she was younger despite her middle class upbringing in which she attended private schools
  • Meghan Markle‘s attempts to influence Biden’s $1.75 trillion infrastructure plan have fallen short, it was revealed on Thursday, as the President announced he has dropped paid leave for new parents from his bill, just days after the Duchess penned a lobbyist letter pleading for it to be made a ‘national right’.

    The 40-year-old mother-of-two sparked furious controversy earlier this month when she turned lobbyist by writing an open letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi en Senaat Majority Leader Chuck Schumer advocating for paid family leave.

    Meghan’s extraordinary 1,030-word letter, which was written on the Sussexesnew post-Megxit letterhead, sparked furious controversyand saw the Duchess accused of using her British royal title to try and meddle in US politics.

    Some also suggested that she was using ‘tactics of an aspiring politicianand adopting a ‘ruthless streakto try and influence Biden’s Build Back Better bill.

    However her efforts have now been proven in vain after the President announced on Thursday that he has cut his proposals for paid national leave for all new parents from his infrastructure bill, which has been tangled up in Congress for months, in a bid to push it forward.

    Meghan Markle's attempt to make paid leave for new parents a 'national right' have failed after it was revealed President Joe Biden has dropped the plan from his $1.75T infrastructure bill

    Meghan Markle’s attempt to make paid leave for new parents a ‘national righthave failed after it was revealed President Joe Biden has dropped the plan from his $1.75T infrastructure bill

    President Biden detailed a compromised version of his proposal on Thursday - eight days after Meghan, 40, turned lobbyist by writing to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer about paid leave

    President Biden detailed a compromised version of his proposal on Thursdayeight days after Meghan, 40, turned lobbyist by writing to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer about paid leave

    In die brief, which was handed out to several of the Sussexespreferred media outlets, Meghan, who grew up in a middle class family in Los Angeles, said that she was writing to Pelosi and Schumer not as an ‘elected officialnor a ‘politicianbut as an ‘engaged citizen and parentand as a mom’.

    In one of the most astonishing parts of her letter, she suggested that her own family was impoverished, even though her father was an Emmy award-winning lighting director and she was educated at private primary and secondary schools.

    She painted a picture of humble beginnings and saying that her family struggled when she was youngdespite her well-documenting middle class upbringing on Thomas Markle’s $200,000-a-year salary.

    ‘I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler,’ the Duchess of Sussex wrote. ‘I knew how hard my parents worked to afford this because even at five bucks, eating out was something special, and I felt lucky. I started working (at the local frozen yogurt shop) at the age of 13.

    Sy gaan voort: ‘I waited tables, babysat, and piecemealed jobs together to cover odds and ends.

    Egter, Meghan failed to mention the $750,000 California state lottery win her father scooped in 1990, which funded her secondary education at $9,412-a-semester Immaculate Heart High School in LA.

    Meghan also attended a private primary schoolHollywood’s Little Red Schoolhouse nursery, which now costs between $20,000 and $28,300-a-yearfrom age two on her father Thomasand her airline steward mother Doria’s salaries.

    She went on to study at Northwestern, in Illinois, which would have cost between $24,000- and $28,000-a-year for tuition when Meghan studied there from 1999 aan 2003.

    The Duchess of Sussex published an open letter to the House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader on October 20, in which she referenced her own childhood and her life as a mother

    The Duchess of Sussex published an open letter to the House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader on October 20, in which she referenced her own childhood and her life as a mother

    Also missing from the letter was any mention of the sprawling $14million mansion in Montecito, Kalifornië, where Meghan now lives with husband Prince Harry and their two children. The couple’s series of lucrative deals with Spotify and Netflix, thought to be worth well over $150million, were also omitted.

    Meghan did concede that she has not had to struggle in the same way that other parents who are not offered paid leave have, however she admitted that both she and Prince Harry, 37, felt ‘overwhelmedafter they welcomed their second child, Lilibet, vroeër die jaar.

    ‘In June, my husband and I welcomed our second child,’ sy het gese.

    ‘Like any parents, we were overjoyed. Soos baie ouers, we were overwhelmed. Like fewer parents, we weren’t confronted with the harsh reality of either spending those first few critical months with our baby or going back to work.

    Meghan and Harry were able to take four months family leave after the birth of their daughter Lilibet in June this year, retreating to their Montecito home for several months before returning to work in September.

    The Duchess was also able to take time off after having Archie in 2019, staying at home for four months before returning to work.

    The couple also reportedly used nannies to look after their children in the UK, and hired and fired several after Archie was born in 2019.

    Meghan lived in a series of childhood homes in Los Angeles - including a second-floor apartment on Providencia Street, in Woodland Hills

    Meghan lived in a series of childhood homes in Los Angelesincluding a second-floor apartment on Providencia Street, in Woodland Hills

    After her parents divorced in 1983, Meghan and her mother Doria moved into a top-floor apartment (op die foto) in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of LA

    After her parents divorced in 1983, Meghan and her mother Doria moved into a top-floor apartment (op die foto) in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of LA

    Meghan then went on to attack the American economic system.

    ‘Many of our economic systems are past their expiration date, and as you well know, too many Americans are forced to shortchange themselves when it comes to what matters to them.

    Despite Meghan’s claims that her letter was sent as ‘an engaged citizen, ouer, and mom’, it was viewed by many as her most overtly political intervention in US life yet after speculation she has dreams of being a Democrat politician or even to run for US President.

    Angela Levin, journalist and biographer of Prince Harry, told MailOnline that while the Duchess is an American citizen, the letter from ‘the office of the Duke and Duchess of Sussexsigned ‘on behalf of my family, Archie and Lili and Harry’, amounts to Meghan using her British title and marriage to the sixth in line to the throne to interfere in US politics.

    Sy het gese: ‘Meghan’s two page letter to lobby Congress about giving money on parental leave, is obviously another step towards trying to turn herself into a politician. But the notepaper she is using is astonishinglyFrom the Office of The Duke and Duchess of Sussexand shows how she isn’t even aware that she is talking to politicians in a republic that won its independence from the crown in 1776.

    ‘The truth is that the bill about parental leave is on its way to being confirmed, and could be hijack by Meghan’s belief it was largely due to her. In addition if she was writing a profession letter what on earth is she getting all cosy and intimate by stating the letter is also ‘on behalf of Archie and Lilinotice she is not calling her Lillibet, the Queen’s nickname – en Harry. Poor old Harry has come last’.

    Prince Charles is known to have written to several US Presidents over the years, including Joe Biden, and also sent the so called ‘Black Spider Lettersto British government ministers and politicians over the years, but never in the same public way as Meghan’s missive to Schumer and Pelosi.

    Meghan Markle’s 1030-word paid parental leave plea letter in full

    Dear Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi,

    I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. Ek is, like many, 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 how I’m writing to you at this deeply important timeas a momto advocate for paid parental leave.

    Oor die verlede 20 maande, the pandemic has exposed long-existing fault lines in our communities. At an alarming rate, millions of women dropped out of the workforce, staying home with their kids as schools and day cares were closed, and looking after loved ones full-time. The working mom or parent is facing the conflict of being present or being paid. The sacrifice of either comes at a great cost.

    For many, this sacrifice goes back further than the past 20 maande; dit is 20 of 30 jare, even longerdecades of giving time, body and endless energy not just in pursuit of the American dream, but simply in the dream of stability.

    I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzlerit may have cost less back then (om eerlik te wees, I can’t remember) – but what I do remember was the feeling; I knew how hard my parents worked to afford this because even at five bucks, eating out was something special and I felt lucky. And as a Girl Scout, when my troop would go for dinner for a big celebration, it was back to that same salad bar or The Old Spaghetti Factorybecause that’s what those families could afford to do too.

    I started working (at the local frozen yogurt shop) op die ouderdom van 13. I waited tables, babysat, and piece-mealed jobs together to cover odds and ends. I worked all my life and saved when and where I couldbut even that was a luxurybecause usually it was about making ends meet and having enough to pay my rent and put gas in my car.

    I expect many of your constituents have their own version of that story. Perhaps you do too. 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 dreamwhat is fair, and equal and right. Many of our economic systems are past their expiration date, and as you well know, too many Americans are forced to shortchange themselves when it comes to what matters to them.

    In Junie, my husband and I welcomed our second child. Like any parents, we were overjoyed. Soos baie ouers, we were overwhelmed. Like fewer parents, we weren’t confronted with the harsh reality of either spending those first few critical months with our baby or going back to work. We knew we could take her home, and in that vital (and sacred) stage, devote any and everything to our kids and to our family. We knew that by doing so, we wouldn’t have to make impossible choices about childcare, werk, and medical care that so many have to make every single day.

    No family should be faced with these 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).

    In taking care of your child, you take care of your community, and you take care of your countrybecause 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. In plaas daarvan, as it stands now, we spend a fortune as a country paying into symptoms rather than causes. 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.

    I’m writing to you on behalf millions of American families who are using their voices to say that comprehensive paid leave should not be a place to compromise or negotiate. In werklikheid, most nations already have paid leave policies in place. Estland, byvoorbeeld, offers over a year and a half of leave to be shared by new parents. Many other countries have robust programs that give months of time for both parents (birth or adoptive) to be at home with their child. 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.

    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. I know you must hear from your constituents about the choices they are facing every day to make ends meet and care for their families.

    Paid leave should be a national right, 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. If we’re going to create a new era of family-first policies, let’s make sure that includes a strong paid leave program for every American that’s guaranteed, accessible, and encouraged without stigma or penalty.

    I know how politically charged things can – and have – become. But this isn’t about right or left, it’s about right or wrong. This is about putting families above politics. And for a refreshing change, it’s something we all seem to agree on. At a point when everything feels so divisive, let this be a shared goal that unites us.

    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.

    As ever,

    Meghan, Die hertogin van Sussex

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