A wonderful fusion’ Meghan Markle will be embraced by US politics, says Dr Tessa Dunlop

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Meghan Markle, 39, has long been speculated to desire a role in US politics, and if she accepts the opportunity, Dr Tessa Dunlop says she will be welcomed with open arms. The royal author claims Americans will be “excited” to have the Duchess in the political sphere, as it would be “like The Crown come true”.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk Dr Tessa Dunlop touched on the possibility of Meghan taking on a political role.

She said: “America has modelled their elective kingship on our Royal Family, so if Meghan Markle goes into politics and you have the royal element, that is a wonderful fusion.

“I can see Americans dying for that, that is so exciting. It is like The Crown come true.”

When it was revealed that the Duchess of Sussex had conducted a virtual “introductory” meeting last October with the high-powered Democratic governor of California, Gavin Newsom, the rumour mill started churning.

The hour-long video call came at an apt time when the governor was searching for a possible replacement for Kamala Harris, the California senator who went on to be elected vice-president.

It was claimed that the Duchess was considering running for the Democratic nomination for President in 2024 if President Biden chose not to seek a second term. 

The Mail on Sunday claimed that British sources with links to Washington believe that Meghan is networking with senior Democrats with a view to building a campaign and fundraising teams for a tilt at the US top job.

Far from being surprised or scathing, Californian Democrats were reportedly delighted by the reports last October. 

Mike Trujillo, a prominent Democratic strategist told the Times: “I think it’s fantastic[…] she’s doing everything that’s appropriate and allowed given her new position but she’s definitely putting her toe in the water. 

“And once your toe is in the water your whole foot is in and next thing you know you are knee-deep and then you are fully in.”

He believes that their Archewell Foundation could prove to be a launchpad into politics, much like Schwarzenegger’s after-school foundation proved to be his own. 

A source close to the Sussexes has latterly said that the meeting with Newsom was “nothing political” and “more social than anything” conducted alongside his wife.

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Meanwhile, Dr Tessa is gearing up to release her highly anticipated book, Army Girls for the 80th Anniversary of National Conscription for Women in December.

Army Girls is the intimate story of the final few women who served in World War II and are still alive to tell their tale. 

They were female soldiers in a war Britain wanted to fight without conscripting women. It was a vain hope, by December 1941 for the first time in British history women were called up and a generation of girls came of age in khaki, serving king and country. 

Barbara trained to drive army-style in giant trucks and Grace swapped her servant’s pinafore for battledress and a steel hat, Martha turned down officer status for action on a gun-site and Olivia won the Croix de Guerre in France.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the book, Dr Tessa shared: “It’s kind of unspoken about, I think certain narratives drown out others in World War II.

“We know that women had a role, that women were at Bletchley Park for instance, but I think what we don’t fully understand is that excluding Russia, we proportionately mobilised more women into our war effort than any other belligerent.

“Not all of them were in the armed forces, but in some form were contributing to the war effort. It was an extraordinary national effort.”

“I don’t think that generation was exceptional but these women were and are. I think there’s a tendency to think, ‘Oh it was better back then’. I don’t think it was, it was different, but I think what these girls did have was a keen sense of belonging that has sustained them through life. That they belong to something they are proud of.

“What I have learnt from them is how important it is to be given a chance to prove yourself, it has stayed with them through the rest of their lives.”

Army Girls: The secrets and stories of military service from the final few women who fought in World War II by Tessa Dunlop is out on November 4th. Published in hardback by Headline.

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