More than 70 female MPs on all sides of Britain’s politics are standing in solidarity with Meghan Markle against the downright bullshit treatment she’s copped from parts of the British media.
In the recent documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, both Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, opened up about the frustrating media coverage they’ve endured over the past couple of years. Meghan, in particular, has been attacked for her personality, the colour of her skin, her past relationships, her family, the way she dresses, the way she speaks, her acting career, her relationship with Harry, motherhood – the list goes on and on… and on.
“I never thought that this would be easy,” Meghan said in the doco. “But I thought it would be fair and that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile.”
In an open letter addressed to Meghan, 72 female members of Britain’s parliament called out the frankly horrible treatment she’s copped from the tabloids.
“As women MPs of all political persuasions, we wanted to express our solidarity with you in taking a stand against the often distasteful and misleading nature of the stories printed in a number of our national newspapers concerning you, your character, and your family.”
The leaders also torched the tabloids for its often “outdated, colonial undertones” of some of these stories.
“As women Members of Parliament from all backgrounds, we stand with you in saying it cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.”
Despite their different roles, the MPs said they share an understanding of the abuse and intimidation Meghan has copped, which has distracted them all from getting on with their work and lives.
“With this in mind we expect the national media to have the integrity to know when a story is in the national interest, and when it is seeking to tear a woman down for no apparent reason.
“You have our assurances that we stand with you in solidarity on this. We will use the means at our disposal to ensure that our press accept your right to privacy and show respect, and that their stories reflect the truth.”
Women MPs from all political parties have put aside our differences to stand in solidarity with the Duchess of Sussex today and are sending her this open letter. pic.twitter.com/ytLHG5qPf4
— Holly Lynch MP (@HollyLynch5) October 29, 2019
Meghan is suing British newspaper The Mail on Sunday after it published a private handwritten letter she had sent her father. Meghan’s decision was strongly backed by Harry, who recently released a statement denouncing the “ruthless campaign” of some tabloids.
“For these select media this is a game, and one that we have been unwilling to play from the start,” Harry wrote. “I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in.”Image: Getty Images / Chris Jackson