Female MPs write an open letter in support of Duchess of Sussex


Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle

BRITISH female MPs have written an open letter to Meghan Markle to show their support in her campaign against the media.

About 72 MPs, including Seema Malhotra, Yasmin Qureshi, Valerie Vaz, Dianne Abbot, Jess Phillips and Lisa Nandy have put their name on the letter seeking fair treatment by the media.

“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,” MP Holly Lynch, a member of the Labor Party, tweeted Tuesday (29).

“[W]e 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,” the letter said.

It continued: “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“Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories.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.”

The MPs have pledged to use the “means at our disposal” to ensure the press accept the Duchess of Sussex’s right to privacy, show respect, and that their stories “reflect the truth”.

“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.”

The letter comes after Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, opened up about the pressures of intense media scrutiny.

The couple admitted in an emotional ITV documentary that they were suffering due to recent stories in tabloid press.

Prince Harry has launched a personal attack on the British tabloid press and saying he could no longer be a “silent witness” to his wife’s private suffering over intense media scrutiny. He also accused parts of the media of “waging campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences”.