Meghan Markle is said to want to become more involved in politics now that she and Prince Harry have made the decision to step back as senior royals.

The Duchess of Sussex, who was known for having strong political views before marrying in to the Royal family, will now be much more free to express herself publicly after the couple declared they would become financially independent.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, a royal source said: "The Duchess is said to be frustrated that she was forced to stay out of politics after getting engaged to Harry.

"She has strong political opinions and will now take advantage of the greater freedom she has to express them publicly."

The course added that she could even intervene in the forthcoming US election, in plain defiance of royal tradition.

The Queen - and by extension, the Royal family - tend to remain politically neutral.

By convention, the Queen does not vote or stand for election and it seems that many of the other members of the Firm follow suit, even though they would technically be allowed to.

But since Harry and Meghan announced that they are stepping back from their senior positions in the royal family, they could have more freedom to get involved with politics in Canada, where they are currently living, or in the US, where Meghan is originally from.

Meghan Markle on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
Meghan Markle branded Donald Trump as "misogynistic"
Meghan and Harry are close to the Obama family

Yet, it could still cause a diplomatic storm if Meghan was to be openly critical of current senior politicians. 

In the past, Meghan has been outspoken about her political views, calling Donald Trump"misogynistic" and "divisive" during his 2016 presidential campagin.

She also missed an official Royal function with Trump when he visited the UK in June as she was on maternity leave with her then-newborn son Archie.

At the time, the President said he "didn't know" that he wouldn't be meeting Meghan during the visit, adding, "I hope she is OK."

Prince Harry and Barack Obama at the 2017 Invictus Games

Before meeting Harry, Meghan allegedly discussed her political ambitions with Piers Morgan, telling him in 2015: "As a kid, I wanted to be either the president or a news broadcaster like you."

That same year, she gave a speech at a United Nations event where she said: "I am proud to be a woman and a feminist."

In 2018, a source who the Daily Mail claimed was a former associate of Meghan, said: "Meghan was quite clear that she wanted to be president one day."

But Kensington Palace quashed the reports soon after, saying: "This conversation you describe with an associate is fictious."

Through her charity and showbiz work Meghan has already got friends in high circles, mixing with Barack and Michelle Obama along with US TV queen Oprah Winfrey.

Best pal Jessica Mulroney is also well connected, as the daughter-in-law of Canada's former prime minister Brian Mulroney.

Meghan recently released this image on the official Sussex Royal Instagram account
Meghan's best friend Jessica Mulroney is well connected in Canada's poltical circles

And Meghan has also been seen meeting with Canada's current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

The speculation comes as Meghan released a new picture on the Sussex Royal Instagram account, showing her on a trip to Rwanda in March 2016 - four months before she met Harry.

Meghan travelled there as a Global Ambassador for World Vision, where she worked on a community project that enabled young girls to stay in school.

On the Sussex Royal official website, Meghan is said to be "deeply committed to advancing gender equity, empowering women and girls, and working within the community on a grassroots level to encourage women to recognise their inherent value."