Meghan Markle Pays Michelle Obama’s Ex-Press Chief $110K, Sparks Presidential Rumors
Her biographer said Markle “has her eyes set on the US presidency.”
The nonprofit, run by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, paid nearly $100,000 to Michelle Obama’s former press chief, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, in 2021, per the foundation’s tax returns obtained by The Sun. The hefty sum along with Meghan’s growing political resume (and contact list) are pushing many to speculate whether the Duchess has intentions of running for president in the near future.
Lelyveld served as Obama’s press chief from 2007 to 2011, during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and first term in office. The public relations expert also worked closely with former Democrat Party presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.
According to tax documents, Archewell cut a huge check for Lelyveld’s PR firm, KMLSA LLC, for “strategic support for social impact PR.”
Meghan herself has ties to big name Democrats including California governor Gavin Newsom, whom she reportedly met with in 2020. President Joe Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, is also said to be a big supporter of Markle and her political agendas.
Meghan’s biographer, Omid Scobie, once said that the Duchess “has her eyes set on the US presidency.”
In 2021, the same year Meghan hired Lelyveld, she cold-called US senators advocating for a paid family leave law. She and Harry also took a trip to the United Nations in NYC in support of “greater vaccine equity.”
A source tells The Sun that Archewell sought out Lelyveld as an “experienced strategic adviser.”
The foundation, however, declined to comment on the matter.