Meghan Markle accused of using her title out of context to play in politics

Meghan Markle has been accused of using her title as Duchess of Sussex to “play in politics” in the United States.

Royal courtiers have reportedly slammed her political lobbying for paid parental leave as “outrageous”, claiming she’s using her title “out of context”.

It comes after two Republican senators were cold called by the former actress, who introduced herself with her royal title – despite stepping down from the duties that come with it, reports The Mirror.

Maine Senator Susan Collins, 68, told Politico Meghan had called on her own phone.

She said: “Much to my surprise, she called me on my private line and introduced herself as the Duchess of Sussex, which is kind of ironic.

"I was happy to talk with her, but I’m more interested in what people from Maine are telling me about paid leave.”

Following the news, a palace aide reportedly told The Telegraph Meghan should “steer clear” of those kinds of chats.

"She should not be playing in politics,” the aide argued, pointing out that although campaigning on issues like mental health and climate change is important, royals should not support specific policies.

The phone calls to Senators follow an open letter penned by Meghan to Congress, in which she called for paid leave for all new American parents.

She acknowledged she isn’t an “elected official” but demanded lawmakers introduce the policy in the pursuit of “the dream of stability”.

Her involvement triggered Republican politician Jason Smith, who told the Daily Mail she should “stick to acting”.

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“Ms. Markle's latest interference in U.S. politics reignites the question in my mind as to why the Royal Family does not simply strip her and Harry officially of their titles,” he argued.

But a source close to Meghan claims the Duchess was acting in a "personal capacity as an engaged citizen,” and in her letter the princess said she just wanted to speak "as a mum" on the issue.

The Daily Star has reached out to Meghan's representatives for a comment.

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