Hillary Clinton has issued a glowing Instagram message in support of the Duchess of Sussex, saying she is “inspired” by her role in Britain.
The former US secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate posted a photograph of the Duchess hugging another women and praised her charity work.
The intervention from one of America’s most well-known female politicians comes after repeated discussion in the UK press about how the Duchess has approached life in the Royal Family.
Ms Clinton wrote: “I’m so inspired by how Meghan Markle – aka one half of [the Duke and Duchess of Sussex] – is representing the US in the UK and on the world stage.
“Meghan’s new project: Helping [a charity called] Smart Works equip women who have been out of the workforce with the office essentials they need to feel confident in job interviews and beyond.
“The ability to earn their own paycheck is a key part of women’s economic, social, and cultural equality, and it can all start with some smart suits.”
The approach the Duchess, 38, has taken to her new role since marrying the Duke of Sussex last year has been the subject of many column inches in the British newspapers.
The couple were recently criticised for using a private jet while also campaigning on the impact of climate change. Elton John, the singer, later said he provided the plane and defended the move.
Ms Clinton’s praise contrasts with the man who beat her to the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump, who has had a more turbulent relationship with the Duchess.
When the Duchess was still an actress living in America she said she would move to Canada if Mr Trump won the US presidential election.
Asked about the comment before a recent trip to Britain, Mr Trump said he did not know she had been “nasty”. He later played down the remark, praising the role she was playing in Britain.