Meghan Markle cold called 2 Republican Senators on their private numbers to lobby for paid paternity leave: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand confirmed that she gave Markle the private phone numbers of Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, and Senator Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican representing West Virginia. Gillibrand added that Markle now wants to be on a 'working group' that is pushing to get legislation passed The move is the latest in a flurry of political activism from the Los Angeles-born duchess, including gifting workers at PL+US, a group running a national campaign to win paid family and medical leave by 2022, a $25 Starbucks voucher through her non-profit organisation Archewell
Senator Moore Capito:
'I'm in my car. I'm driving. It says caller ID blocked. Honestly, I thought it was Senator Manchin, his calls come in blocked. And she goes "Sen. Capito?" I said, "Yes." She said, "This is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex."'
Senator Susan Collins:
'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.'