Duchess Meghan urges women to use their voice and vote in upcoming US election

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has recalled feeling "voiceless" in a powerful voting message urging American women to vote in the upcoming election.

The 38-year-old royal has teamed up with Marie Claire for their feature marking the centennial of women's right to vote in the United States, which is being celebrated this month.

And as this November will mark a presidential election, Meghan - who is married to British royal Prince Harry - has highlighted the importance for women to "make all of our voices heard" following the years of suffrage that preceded women earning the right to vote.

Speaking to Marie Claire magazine's first digital August issue, the former 'Suits' actress said: "I know what it's like to have a voice, and also what it's like to feel voiceless. I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard. And that opportunity, that fundamental right, is in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to make all of our voices heard.

"One of my favorite quotes, and one that my husband and I have referred to often, is from Kate Sheppard, a leader in the suffragist movement in New Zealand, who said, 'Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops.' That is why I vote."