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Someone tweeted that Meghan Markle is pro-choice, but that's a big no no for a royal

The incriminating tweet was quickly deleted.

By Kate Wagner

Yesterday afternoon, Meghan Markle attended a swanky garden party in Dublin, performing her usual royal duties and chatting with the commoners.

In attendance were some of the Irish pro-choice activists responsible for mobilising Ireland to vote yes in the country's referendum to legalise abortion in May.

According to people at the party, the Duchess expressed her support of a woman's right to choose (because, duh) with a very mild comment about the yes campaign's success.

In a now deleted tweet, Fine Gael senator Catherine Noone wrote: "The Duchess and I had a chat about the recent referendum result — she watched with interest and was pleased to see the result."

It was quickly deleted and replaced with: "I should say she seemed pleased — she was interested and very measured, not political at all."

But that tweet was eventually deleted as well.

Similarly, Una Mullally, a prominent journalist and campaigner for women's rights, tweeted about chatting with Meghan "about Repeal and the importance of her feminist activism".

All in all a pretty tame statement, but one Meghan wasn't allowed to make as a royal.

Since the 17th century, the monarch has been discouraged from taking a political stance on any issue, so much so, they're not even allowed to vote.

The royal family's role is to represent the whole country but also steer clear of politics — to side with one party or another could be catastrophic for the monarch further down the line.

Whether she stumbled on the royal rule book or not, it should come as no surprise Meghan has a firm pro-choice stance.

Pre-Harry, she was a regular on political talk shows, including The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore where she called Donald Trump a divisive misogynist.

She was also vocal advocate to remain during Britain's heated Brexit debate — something that would be strictly off-limits now.

It's well-known that Meghan isn't scared to be called a feminist, focussing "less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings" at every opportunity, and even featuring a bold pull quote on the royal webpage after her marriage.

At a UN Women event, the Duchess pressed the importance of female involvement at every level.

"We remind women that their involvement matters," she said. "Women need a seat at the table."

"They need an invitation to be seated there and in some cases, when this isn't available, well then you know what? Then they need to create their own table."

Even when Meghan toured with the 'Fab Four' as Harry's fiancé, she proved there was no way she was staying quiet on gender equality.

"I hear a lot of people speaking about girls' empowerment and women's empowerment—you will hear people saying they are helping women find their voices," Meghan voiced.

"I fundamentally disagree with that because women don't need to find their voices, they need to be empowered to use it and people need to be urged to listen."

The Duchess is setting a new royal precedent, and it's one we wholeheartedly support.