Meghan Markle breaks centuries-old tradition as she becomes first royal to vote

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  • Meghan Markle "is voting in this election," a source has confirmed.
  • The royal family has always remained "neutral" when it comes to politics, making Meghan the first to vote.
  • The duchess has spoken in length about the importance of voting during her many engagements this year, even attracting the attention of Donald Trump.

Meghan Markle is the first person in the modern royal family to vote.

Though it is unclear whether or not the Duchess of Sussex voted via the mail or went out to a polling station in her new home city of Santa Barbara, multiple sources confirmed the news she's casted her vote in the US election. Meghan "is voting in this election," a source close to the Sussexes told People.

Since her return to California with Prince Harry and one-year-old Archie, Meghan's been vocal about the US elections, urging citizens to vote.

"Every four years, we're told, '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," Meghan Markle said during her TIME100 appearance with Prince Harry, echoing the same sentiments she made in an interview with Gloria Steinem.

Though her comments have attracted the attention of Donald Trump who said he's "not a fan" of hers, she's remained steadfast in using her platform to encourage people to vote.

Of course, the royal family always has and must remain "strictly neutral" when it's come to politics, as per royal tradition. But one can assume leaving the firm has afforded the royal couple a certain amount of freedom, which includes breaking this particular – and important – centuries-old rule.

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