Meghan Markle has been 'cold-calling voters' ahead of the US election according to Gloria Steinem

Meghan Markle has been cold-calling Americans and urging them to vote ahead of the upcoming US election, according to her friend, journalist and social political activist Gloria Steinem. 

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Steinem said that the Duchess of Sussex "came home" to the US for the election, and that it was her idea for the two of them to team up and call eligible voters. 

"The first thing we did, and why she came to see me, was we sat at the dining room table where I am right now and we cold-called voters," Steinem said. 

"[We] said 'hello, I'm Meg' and 'hello I'm Gloria' and 'are you going to vote?' That was her initiative."

Reflecting on her relationship with Markle, Steinem challenged the "princess stereotype" the former Suits actor had been given. 

"The whole idea of 'princess' is a problem. We [America] had a whole revolution to get rid of royalty," Steinem told Access Hollywood. 

"Meg is herself smart, authentic, funny, political. She came home to vote." 

Last month, Markle and feminist spokesperson Steinem discussed female empowerment, politics and the importance of voting for a video published by Makers Women. 

During the conversation Markle said she was glad to be home for "so many reasons", having stepped down as a working member of the royal family earlier this year.