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Prince Harry has confessed he has never voted in a political election due to royal restrictions.
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made an appearance on American television to encourage people to vote
- During the special broadcast unveiling the TIME 100 for 2020, Prince Harry admitted he had never voted
- He will not be permitted to vote in the US election either as he is not an official resident
- It follows royal news that Duchess Catherine receives ‘new title’
Having grown up as part of the royal family, Prince Harry has lived a very different life to the rest of us.
And one thing he’s never been able to do is vote – due to royal restrictions.
Harry, 36, made the admission during a special TV appearance with wife Meghan Markle – in which they were encouraging American citizens to take part in the upcoming vote in November.
The Duke said, “This election, I’m not going to be able to vote here in the US.
“But many of you may not know that I haven’t been able to vote in the UK my entire life. As we approach this November it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.”
While Harry is unable to exercise his right to vote, the Duchess of Sussex is set to become the first member of the British royal family to take part in a political vote.
Opening up about why she thinks it’s so important, the former Suits actress said, “Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lifetime.
“But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter, because you do and you deserve to be heard.”
It’s not the first time Duchess Meghan has used her royal status to raise political issues.
Last month Meghan took part in a “backyard chat” with activist and campaigner, Gloria Steinem, in a bid to get people in America to vote.
The pair discussed the importance of young people taking their chance to vote, with Gloria saying, “What worries me the most are young people, who I understand are the least likely to vote and I can understand the feeling that they don’t think they have an impact.
“Yet, it’s more important for them to vote than anyone else because they’re going to be alive long after I am, and they’re going to be suffering the consequences.”