Meghan Markle has defended the ways in which she got powerful people to help combat an issue she deeply wants to solve.
"When my life and lifestyle were very different, I always stood up for what was right," the former Suits actress explained.
One of the politicians Markle reached out to, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, told PEOPLE that she helped connect the California native to a few of her other colleagues that could also help: "I talked to each of the women senators and let them know that she's going to reach out, because she only completed two of the calls."
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"She wants to be part of a working group to work on paid leave long term and she's going to be," Gillibrand explained about the royal. "Whether this comes to fruition now or later, she'll be part of a group of women that hopefully will work on paid leave together."
“If you have to cold-call someone, impress them with the force of your argument," news anchor Colin Brazier said at the time. "Not by trading on the royal title of an institution you and your husband have done so much to undermine."