Female MPs from across the political spectrum have sent an open letter to the Duchess of Sussex, criticising some of the media treatment she has received. The 72 parliamentarians told Meghan that they fully support her attempts to challenge unfair press coverage around her personal and public lives.
The letter was shared on Twitter by some of those who signed it. The group is led by Holly Lynch, the Labour MP for Halifax. It was sent to the Duchess of Sussex following the recent interview she gave to ITV’s Tom Bradby in which she explained the pressure she felt under because of media scrutiny.
The full letter reads:
“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.
uasions, 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.
“On occasions, stories and headlines have represented an invasion of your privacy and have sought to cast aspersions about your character, without any good reason as far as we can see.
“Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories.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.”
In the ITV documentary, the Duchess of Sussex talked openly about the pressures she felt under from the media and said that some of her British friends had warned her against marrying Prince Harry because of the interest she would then be under from the tabloid press.
At the end of September, the Duchess of Sussex began legal action against the Mail on Sunday over the publication of parts of a letter sent by her to her father, Thomas Markle.