72 female MPs sign open letter condemning ‘colonial’ media coverage of Meghan Markle

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex at a roundtable discussion on gender equality at Windsor Castle.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex at a roundtable dialogue on gender equality at Windsor Castle.

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By Rachel Thompson

seventy two feminine politicians in the Uk have published an open letter to Meghan Markle pledging their solidarity with her as she and Prince Harry just take a stand versus numerous British media retailers. 

Holly Lynch MP — Labour MP for Halifax — tweeted an image of the letter, which was signed by cross-occasion politicians which includes MPs Diane Abbott, Jess Phillips, Yvette Cooper, Margaret Hodge, between other folks

“As girls MPs of all political persuasions, we required to convey our solidarity with you in taking a stand against the ofter distasteful and misleading mother nature of the stories printed in a range of our nationwide newspapers regarding you, your character, and your relatives,” the letter starts. “On occasions, stories and headlines have represented an invasion of your privateness and have sought to forged aspersions about your character, with no any excellent factors as much as we can see.”

The letter will come as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have launched lawful action versus three United kingdom tabloid newspapers. Markle is using legal motion from theMail on Sunday, professing the paper unlawfully published one of her personal letters. The few are also getting authorized action from theSolarandDay by day Mirrormore than alleged cell phone hacking. 

Women of all ages MPs from all political get-togethers have put apart our distinctions to stand in solidarity with the Duchess of Sussex currently and are sending her this open letter. pic.twitter.com/ytLHG5qPf4

— Holly Lynch MP (@HollyLynch5) Oct 29, 2019

In a recent interview with ITV Information, Meghan and Harry both equally spoke about the media scrutiny they have faced and the damaging effect it’s acquiring on their mental wellbeing. 

The MPs’ letter goes on to call the media scrutiny “outdated” and possessing “colonial undertones.” 

Even much more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be explained as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories. As girls Users of Parliament from all backgrounds we stand with you in stating it can’t be allowed to go unchallenged. 

Even though we come across ourselves being ladies in general public lifetime in a very distinctive way to you, we share an knowing of the abuse and intimidation which is now so normally made use of as a implies of disparaging ladies in general public office from having on with our very vital do the job. 

The letter went on to pledge that the MPs will do what they can to “assure that our push settle for your proper to privateness and present regard and that their tales mirror the reality.”