Meghan Markle could have "top backers" if she were to mount a bid to become US President, an expert has claimed.
The Duchess of Sussex, who celebrates her 40th birthday today, is reported to have been taking advice from former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle since leaving the UK – leading some experts to think a run at the White House is "only a matter of time".
She also reportedly divulged her dream to become President after she began dating Prince Harry.
And experts believe the Obamas and the Clintons could be persuaded to back the Duchess were she to stand as a candidate in a future election.
Looking ahead to her future as she celebrates her 40th birthday, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told the Daily Star that Meghan's next steps will not be decided by herself, but by the American public.
He said: "Meghan undoubtedly has an unusual future.
"Her home life seems happy.
"How she will fare as a philanthropist, which is likely to be her current ambition, and how she will be judged by the American public in the coming years, will be pivotal to whether she develops political ambitions.
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"We know the Sussexes have many devoted fans on Twitter and several top contacts from the Clintons to Oprah. It remains to be seen how many admirers they really have in the wider world."
Mr Fitzwilliams adds that plenty could yet happen to damage a potential run at the US Presidency.
He said: "Meghan’s moving description of her miscarriage in the New York Times shows that she has the potential to influence the agenda on topics which are little discussed.
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"If, beyond work for Netflix and Spotify, she were to seek a political career as is widely anticipated, she has top contacts who might be backers such as the Obamas and Clintons. The Oprah interview was very well received in the US and may well win an Emmy.
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"If she goes into public life and wants a philanthropic aura, yet is estranged from her family, bar her mother Doria and also from the royal family, and this continues, it may harm her image in the long run. Detailed examination of her and Harry’s 'truths' in the Oprah interview, such as that in historian Robert Lacey’s recent book Battle of Brothers, may well be damaging to her in the future."
Richard Eden, a royal commentator, previously said: "A very good source said even after Meghan had started going out with Prince Harry she had said that her ultimate ambition was to be president.
"It seems to be increasingly likely and what a fascinating prospect it would be."
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