Female MPs sign an open letter backing Meghan Markle’s campaign against ‘distasteful and misleading’ media
- 72 MPs signed the letter to the Duchess of Sussex, spearheaded by Holly Lynch
- The women said they ‘stand with’ Meghan Markle and related to her experience
- Comes as Prince Harry said he would be taking legal action against publishers
Female MPs from across the political spectrum have penned an open letter to the Duchess of Sussex, backing her campaign against the media.
72 MPs signed the letter to Meghan Markle which was spearheaded by Halifax Labour MP Holly Lynch.
Others who also put their name to the letter included Labour’s Dianne Abbot and Jess Phillips, Liberal Democrat MP Angela Smith and Conservative MP Tracey Crouch.
The letter said that ‘as women MPs of all political persuasions’ the group wanted to ‘stand against’ stories they said were ‘often distasteful and misleading’ in a number of national newspapers across the UK.
The letter, addressed to Meghan Markle (above) claimed that the MPs stood with her on her stance against the media
The letter was sent by Holly Lynch and the full list of MPs who signed it was also included (left and right)
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‘Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories.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.’
Halifax MP Holly Lynch tweeted out the letter to her followers earlier today
The letter addressed that even though the women held different lives in the public eye, that they shared an understanding of the ‘abuse and intimidation’ which is used as a means of ‘disparaging women in public office’ from getting on with their work.
‘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.’
The letter from MPs comes after Prince Harry launched a tirade against the media during his recent ITV documentary.
Earlier this month his wife Meghan launched legal action against the Mail on Sunday over a claim that the paper unlawfully published one of her private letters to her father Thomas.