Ever since the Duchess of Sussex expressed her vulnerability in ITP’s documentary Meghan & Harry: An African Journey, people across the world have actively taken a stance to defend the young royal. When asked by Tom Bradby as to whether or not she was ok, Meghan held back tears and said "Thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I'm okay." When pressed by Bradby further if it would be fair to say not really ok, the Duchess replied, “Yes.”
Halifax’s Labour MP, Holly Lynch shared an open letter addressed to Meghan on Twitter saying “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”.
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
The letter, which is signed by 72 prominent female politicians, addresses the invasion of the young royal’s privacy and the “distasteful and misleading nature of the stories” viciously set forth by British tabloids. It continues on to reprimand the media for their behaviour saying, “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.”
Women supporting women? There are few things we love more. Kudos to the women in the British government for taking a stand and for supporting their Duchess through these trying times.
Read the full letter below.
"As women MPs of 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 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Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories.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.
Although we find ourselves being women in public life in a very different way to you, we share an understanding of the abuse and intimidation which is now so often used as a means of disparaging women in the public office from getting on with very important work.
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."