Employees at PL+US, a group running a national campaign to win paid family and medical leave by 2022, got a $25 (£18) Starbucks voucher from the Duchess of Sussex – a move described by the group’s director of communications as “unbelievably classy”.
Neil Sroka wrote on Twitter: “The Duchess of Sussex (aka #MeghanMarkle) bought everyone at @PaidLeaveUS a few cups of coffee while we’re working overtime to #SavePaidLeave.
“Truly honoured to know she has our backs in the fight to win.”
Meghan, 40, purchased the vouchers through her and Prince Harry’s Archewell Foundation.
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The gesture comes days after a surprising involvement from the Duchess in US politics as she wrote a 1,030-word open letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Chuck Schumer demanding American families are paid a proper wage when on parental leave.
She called for a “strong paid leave program for every American that’s guaranteed, accessible and encouraged without stigma or penalty”.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Duchess stressed, millions of women have dropped out of the workforce to provide for their children.
“Usually it was about making ends meet and having enough to pay my rent and put gas in my car.”
She penned: “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. I am, 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 why I’m writing to you at this deeply important time — as a mom — to advocate for paid leave.’
A spokesman for Meghan claimed the former Suits actress “cares deeply about advocating for families in the US and around the world” – proof of it, the three campaign organisations that focus on the issue she has partnered with.
The Fort News